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Svetozar Gligoric vs Aleksandar Matanovic
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 14, Sep-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  1-0



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  zydeco: This game appears in David Levy's 'The Chess of Gligoric.'

Matanovic overestimates his position with 17.....c4. Gligoric is perfectly happy to sacrifice his a-pawn, and let black create a traffic jam for himself along the a-file. Black's pieces are so tangled up that white can afford to make four consecutive moves redeploying his bishop (moves 25 to 28) without losing any of his initiative.

A few tactical points: white played 16.a4 because black was threatening 16....Ba4! 17.Qxa4 Qxc3. Black played 34.....Kg8 because white threatened the very pretty 35.Qf7! when there's no way for black to protect his queen. 40....Rxd4 fails to 41.Qf7+.

Jul-27-17  okiesooner: 16. Rb1 eliminates the threat of 16...Ba4 also. Here if 16. Rb1 Ba4 17. Qxa4 Qxc3 White can simply move his Bishop, or protect it with 18. Rd1, and remain ahead by a piece for a Pawn. Thus, there must be other reasons that White often chooses 16. a4.

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