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Alexander Tolush vs Victor Ciocaltea
Bucharest (1953), Bucharest ROU, rd 4, Jan-??
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Steiner Attack (E80)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: A powerful kingside attack from Alexander Kazimirovich. Ciocaltea defends very well but there are too many white pieces aiming at his king.

I liked the way Tolush doubled his rooks. It is almost unnoticeable! He also had to watch out for the threat of ...Qxb2# for a long time.

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  whiteshark: "Tolush chalked up 14 points out of 19 and won first prize by a 2 point margin. He won 10 games, lost 1 (to Smyslov) and drew 8.

Tolush played with his usual energy, ingenuity and resourcefulness, boldly creating combinational complications.

The following diagram shows the position after Black’s 25th move in the encounter Tolush vs Ciocaltea. The Romanian grandmaster was smashed by a direct attack on the King-side:

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Tolush has a strong attack along the open h-file, but he must play precisely since Black’s counterattack on the Queen-side should not be underestimated. Wrong would now be <26. Bg5> since after <26…Nh5! 27. Rxh5 gh 28. Bf6 Re5!> Black can still resist, even though White has the advantage.

Instead, Tolush thought a while and found the most forceful solution: <26. Bg7!!<>> This wins by force

If now <26… Qxb2 27. Qxb2 Rxb2 28. Bxf6> and it is a forced mate. Black played the most reasonable defence: <26… Nh5!<>> ( 26… Ng4 27. Bd4!) and now Tolush played another surprising move: <27. Rxh5!<>>

This is too much for Black to defend against. Black played <27… gh 28. Bd4! Qd8 29. Qh6 Re5<>> ( no better is 29… f6 30. Rg1 Bg4 31. Qxh5 etc) <30. Rxh5! <>> Black gets mated! [1:0]>


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