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Svetozar Gligoric vs Gideon Stahlberg
Gligoric - Stahlberg (1949), Split YUG, rd 3, May-22
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-13-08  myschkin: . . .

This is how <Stahlberg> defeated Medina in a tournament game and it is understandable that he was optimistic about entering the same line again. However, the move order can't be good. In order to gain a temporary advantage of the bishop-pair and an illusory improvement in his centre, Black allows himself to get behind in development. White's advantage lies in the fact that he is quicker getting his pieces into play and this will enable him to exchange one of the black bishops and later blockade his opponent's 'strong' centre with pieces. Then Black's centre pawns will actually become immobilized and his whole queenside weak.

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Which minor piece should White exchange? Gligoric swapped Knights with 39 Nxf5 Bxf5 but after 40 Na4 Stahlberg could have sacrified a pawn for activity with 40..d4! eg 41 cxd4 Rb7 42 Nb6 h4. Clearer was 39 Nxd7 Nxd4 40 Nc5 Nf5 41 Re6 intending to meet 41..d4 with 42 c4!

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