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Hans Ree vs Ulf Andersson
Amsterdam IBM (1979), Amsterdam NED, rd 8, Jul-21
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1

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Aug-22-11  DrMAL: Andersson employed an unusual,creative move in the Classical Nimzo 4...b6!? and white played the strongest line. 7...Bf8 is an interesting alternative to 7...Bxc3+ but probably not quite as good. With the retrograde 8.Ng8 Andersson completely undevelops his pieces yet is still quite close to equal in this game.

10...Nc6 or 10...Ne7 was probably better than 10...a6 with this move white seemed to have some small advantage via lead in development. But by 18...O-O it was very much an equal double-edged game.

24.Nd2?! was met by 24...Qc7 whereas 24...Qxf5 or 24...Qd4+ both secure a solid advantage for black (e.g., 24...Qxf5 25.Rxd5 Bxg2 wins a clear pawn). However, white's feeble attack went nowhere except to give black B for N and better endgame. This advantage was traded for white's b-pawn resulting in a likely draw. But after 49.Rc3? Rd4+! (50.Kc2 Rxa4) black had an easy win. Very nice game for Andersson!

Sep-12-20  Volmac: Black's opening doesn't look very promising after eight moves.
Sep-12-20  SChesshevsky: <Black's opening doesn't look very promising after eight moves.>

Certainly looks ugly at first glance. But how ugly is it really?

Black looks like probably about two tempo down. But is up a pawn that will cost white a tempo.

White is going to have space. Forcing black to at least hinder the queen side with ...a6. Going back down two tempo.

But black does have some compensation. White's binding e pawn is weak and Black's Bb7 looks very strong. White's c pawn is protected. But by pieces, so either pawn protection or setting up some sort of activity there will probably cost a tempo.

Appears Ree's idea Bf4, Bg3, f4, Nf3 solidifies the e5 bind but gives up just about all the tempo advantage. Then it's just about the possibilities the bind can offer versus black's ability for counter play.

Seems a decent example how an advantage in time is temporary and needs to be exploited quickly. Maybe Ree had a chance to do this earlier. Or maybe his plan for a solid bind could have offered more. Either way, feels like Ree must've went wrong somewhere badly to lose this one.

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