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Alexey Sokolsky vs Salomon Flohr
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 10, Oct-31
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack (B10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Richard Taylor: Sokolsky missed a win here I think - he had 44 Ra8+ Kd7 45 Rd8+ Kc6 46 c6 (if now 46 ... Rb7 47 Rd6#) and Flohr looks pretty lost.
May-12-09  vonKrolock: Pretty nice line, but black would play 45...♔e7! - Then take 'd5', take 'b3' and a good fight between the ♙♙♙s and a ♖. the actual line preserves still the 'b3' ♙

Maybe was after <50...♔b7> that Sokolsky failed

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May-12-09  Boomie: <Richard Taylor, vonKrolock>

White does seem to have a win here on move 45.

45. e6 Bc6 46. e7+ and black is toast.

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46...Kxe7 47. Nxd5+ or

46...Kc8 47. Na6 Rxa6 48. Rxa6 Be8 49. Rd6

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  Richard Taylor: <Boomie> Yes - that looks to be winning.
May-13-09  vonKrolock: Well, now I'm looking with my chess-game-grinder alias computer...45. e6! Good, very pleasant, and also how the answer ♗c6! is forced - and still, that some contemporary commentators missed this line... 46.e7 ♔c8 47.♘a6}!

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Perhaps not the only winning move (47.♘xd5 or 47.f5-f6 seems to win too..) - but - yes - the best, and quite elegant! - Thanks for showing this, <Boomie>

May-13-09  WhiteRook48: how to miss a win

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