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Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov vs Mikhail M Yudovich Sr.
USSR Championship (1939), Leningrad URS, rd 7, Apr-24
Semi-Slav Defense: Rubinstein (Anti Meran) System (D45)  ·  1-0

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May-31-14
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  simaginbg4: This is a good example of the 'purely' positional exchange sacrifice. With 20 Rd6!? White invests the material in return for 1) threats against Black's king along the long diagonal (threats that cannot be directly consummated but which, it should be noted, led to the weakening of Black's kingside pawns that had a direct bearing on how the game ended); and 2) an advanced passed pawn, which can only be removed at the cost of returning the exchange.

It seems the critical moment occurred at move 26. Black did not care to invite another White piece to embed itself in his position by 26 ... c5 27 Nc6 but that is exactly how he ought to have played because of the possibility 27 ...Bd5! White has nothing better than to get the exchange back minus a pawn, 28 Ne7+ Rxe7 29 dxe7 Qxe7 and Black would be obviously for choice--although the continuing relative imbalances on the light and dark squares, each side dominating one and nearly helpless on the other, would make a well-earned draw possible.

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