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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Efim Geller
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 19, Oct-04
Sicilian Defense: Classical. Fianchetto Variation (B58)  ·  0-1



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Apr-07-07  Eatman: According to Bronstein in The BOOK, Boleslavsky had ingeniously calculated that he could defend both king and knight on 25. ... Rc3+ with 26. Rd3 ??!! with the only slight problem being that particular move was not street legal... :)
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  Domdaniel: Yep, 26.Rd3 would have been a nice resource, if only the piece on a3 hadn't been a King, with all the traditional arbitrary powers. Like check.

There's something to be said for Republican Chess, as played by Benjamin Franklin -- you only have to get out of check if your king is wise and good and has been behaving himself.

Maybe Boleslavsky was playing Bolshevik chess...?

Seriously, this is how mistakes are made: "I can parry a lateral rook attack with a lateral rook defence..."

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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 19 I selected this game to cover:
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  cwcarlson: 27.g5! ♘e4 28.♗g2 ♖f4 29.♗e4 ♖e4 30.♖he1 ♖e1 31.♖e1 ♔f8 32.♖a1=.
Jul-06-19  whiteshark: "<15…♖xc3> Practically forced, according to Bronstein in his tournament book, as h4-h5 was a real threat now.

Najdorf – in his own less well-known book on the same tournament – calls it a sacrifice of both a positional and psychological nature.

Clearly, in this position with opposite-castled kings, White’s king position is affected by the weakened pawn structure on the queenside. Furthermore, White is deprived of ♘c3-d5, eliminating Black’s important defender on f6."

Arthur van de Oudeweetering in 'Chess Pattern Recognition for Beginners'

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