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Reuben Fine vs Isaac Boleslavsky
USSR - USA Radio Match (1945), Moscow RUS and New York USA, rd 1, Sep-01
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: Great fight. 43...Rg7 deserved attention. If 44.Bd2 (44.Bh6? Rg3 ) 44...Rbg4 45.Bh6, then 45...Rg8! and white cannot play 46.Bxg8? for 46...Qxg8 with deadly threat 47...Qa8+. White is practically forced to play 46.Rg1 but after 46...Rxg1+ 47.Rxg1 Rxg1+ 48.Kxg1 Qe7 black has very good winning chances.
Oct-11-08  jerseybob: From the database, Fine doesn't seem to have faced the K.I.D.(which this game is, not OLD Indian as incorrectly labelled) hardly at all in his life. That was true of a lot of players when Bronstein and Boleslavsky sprung this on the world back in the 40s! Plus compared to the Soviet players, Fine was way out of practice. White seems to be feeling his way in the dark during the opening, and as Honza says, black may have missed his best chance, but Fine's native genius gets him through. A fascinating game.
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  plang: Game 1 of their two game match in the 1945 USSR-USA match; Boleslavsky won the second game. McNab's book on Fianchetto Kings Indian does not mention 6 Ne2. I don't really understand the idea as it blocks the kings file; it would have been interesting to see the continuation if Boleslavsky had not played 7..exd. Boleslavsky showed that 16..Nd7 would have been quite strong as after 17 Ne6..Qe7 18 Nxf8..Nc5 19 Qd1..Qxe4 20 f3..Qd4+ 21 Kg2..Ne5 the White Knight is lost. 22 Bxd6?!..Nxd6 23 Rxd6..Ne8 would have given Black good counterplay. Bronstein recommended 29 h4 or 29 Ne6 with good pressure.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Shows how much the Soviets had advanced during WW2. Even someone as strong as Fine had great trouble holding this game as White and lost in a straightforward game as Black. Botvinnik on the other hand, although he had a -1 score against Fine, had a huge plus score against Boleslavksy.
May-30-14  RookFile: Boleslavsky is one of those guys you don't hear too much about, but he was very strong and made a number of contributions to opening theory.

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