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Alexander Konstantinopolsky vs Samuel Reshevsky
Leningrad/Moscow training (1939), Leningrad/Moscow RUS, rd 10, Jan-17
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Classical Variation. Original Defense (D78)  ·  1-0



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Jul-21-14  jerseybob: The only way to justify black's 12..c5 is to get a rook to the c-file on move 14. If that doesn't work tactically, then the whole 12..c5 idea's a bust. 14..Nc5 acquieses in the loss of a pawn, and that eventually decides the game.
Jul-22-14  WhiteRook48: What will happen after 15 a4?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <WhiteRook48> After 15 a4 I would play 15..Nxa4, which looks like it regains the pawn for black.
Jul-23-14  WhiteRook48: I referred to <jerseybob>'s variation, in which Black instead plays 14... Rac8 or 14...Rfc8, and white answers with 15 a4.
Jul-23-14  jerseybob: WhiteRook48: How about(after 14..Rac8) 15.a4,Qb6, and if 16.Be3 (to bolster c5)Nd5.
Jul-24-14  WhiteRook48: In that variation (14...Rac8 15 a4 Qb6 16 Be3 Nd5) I might actually think that Black had the superior position, despite White's extra pawn. I think here, a better variation for white would be to answer Black's hypothetical 14...Rac8 with 15 Rac1, whereupon a potential 15...b6 is answered with 16 Qd3. But you're right that 14...Rac8 or 14...Rfc8 must be played. White has to literally bend over backwards to keep his extra pawn, and that might not be worth it in the long run.
Jul-25-14  jerseybob: WhiteRook48:In your line, 15..Nb4 seems tougher to handle.
Jul-25-14  WhiteRook48: Hmm... how about 14...Rac8, 15 a4 Qb6 and then white plays 16 Rac1.

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