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Grigory Ravinsky vs Georgy Ilivitsky
Riga (1952), rd 6
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-12-10  TheRavenPK: After 26..Bxe2+ 27.Ke1 black has ran out of checks (well, except of Qc3+) and there is no way to prolong this beautiful attack by White. Well done!
Feb-07-17  clement41: 22 e5! is such a nice blow, with two different ideas both aimed at mating!
Feb-07-17  syracrophy: The b2-♙ was also a key part for the mate on g7!
Aug-22-18  Sally Simpson: A nice piece of home prep by Ravinsky who improved on White's play and cooked another commentators notes in Averbakh vs Bronstein, 1951

Two schools of thought here regarding home brew, but you must give credit to the work and imagination of the pre-computer age players.

As Bronstein says in his 'The Modern Chess Self-Tutor', they knew where and when to look.


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The attack with 18.Nxg7 was anticipated by another commentator who spotted the e4-e5 idea here...


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...and their notes knocked it back due to 21...f6 or 21...f5.

Ravinsky looked from here, found 21.Bf6! and worked out the attack borrowing the e4-e5 idea to use a move later.

Today of course a computer finds moves like 18.Nxg7 and the best reply 18...Nxd3 within a few seconds.

Not too sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

If Ravinsky had a computer back in 1952 it would have robbed him of the warm satisfaction of him finding the 21. Bf6 idea. That must have been a Eureka moment.

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