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Isaac Kashdan vs Israel Albert Horowitz
US Championship (1946), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Oct-28
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Blumenfeld Variation (D49)  ·  0-1



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Aug-14-14  jerseybob: The kind of line you don't want to enter if you don't know it! With 21.Bb5 white threatens destruction with 22.Bd7!, but Big Al hangs on with 21..Be7 and 22..Nc5!, getting the knight and bishop on their best squares. If 22.Rc6,Bb7, but 22.Qc6 might've been worth a try. As it goes, after 22..Nc5, the knight turns into a monster. With 23.Qe2?!, white tries to maintain his hold on b5 but runs into the forking 23..Nb3. 23.Qd5, surrendering a pawn on b5, might keep white in the game longer.
Oct-04-17  okiesooner: After 23. Qd5 Bxb5 24. axb5 Rxa1 25. Rxa1 Qxb5?, White wins with 26. Ra8+ Kg7 27. Nf5+ Kg6 (if 27...Kh7?? 28. Qxf7#) 28. Nxe7+ Kg7 29. Rxh8. Here if 29...Kxh8? 30. Qxf7 is followed by 31. Qg8# or 31. Ng6#.
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  fredthebear: 21...Be7 initially looked a bit odd in an already sketchy position, allowing 22.Rc6, but that would be met by the pin 22...Bb7. Black does so to shuffle his minor pieces wisely, as <jerseybob> points out, winning the exchange.

Black's kingside looks like a sore thumb, but he does a nice job of using the center pawn mass and swapping down. A weakness is not so weak if it cannot be accessed by the opponent. Once the Black Rh8 gets activated, he takes over.

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