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Vlastimil Hort vs Sergey Smagin
Berliner Sommer (1990), Berlin West FRG, Aug-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is a good example of why I was never afraid of the Leningrad--in fact, I won 100% of my games against it.

What makes this game interesting is that Smagin chooses one defensive weapon and sticks with it: what Soltis called "confusing your opponent's pieces." Moves like 21...Bb5 throw White's pieces out of coordination with each other; after 22.Rf2, the Rooks are no longer connected, and this makes a big difference in the game. 22...Rae8 drives the Re1 off the e-file. After ...Bd3, the Rd1 no longer supports the d-pawn, while the Bishop covers squares all over the King side. 28.Qd7 is probably a mistake; the humble g-pawn becomes an aggressive f-pawn which single-handedly throws the entire White position into disarray with 29...f5.

Dang, I wish my opponents hadn't stopped letting me play the Nimzo.

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  Richard Taylor: This game is in a book I have on the Nimzo by (English) IM Edward Dearing. ("Play the Nimzo-Indian").

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