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Gata Kamsky vs Artur Yusupov
Alekhine Memorial (1992), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Nov-??
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Oct-17-21  tessathedog: Even though he lost, I am so impressed by Yusupov's concept of "fortress building" in this game. Early on his Queen is uncomfortable in the middle of the board, so he imaginatively gives her up for a rook and a bishop. Then he later sacrifices his "a" pawn as well, seeing that it is unimportant for the purpose of his fortress. Finally he does achieve what seems to be a rock solid fortress, and this game would surely have been famous as a "gold standard model of a defensive fortress" when on move 52 Yusupov seems to go the wrong way with his King, allowing Kamsky zugszwang possibilities which he takes advantage of with very fine play. I think after 52...Kg7! the fortress is absolutely rock solid, which Yusupov mentions in one of his training books. A pity.
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  fredthebear: <52...Kg7! the fortress is absolutely rock solid> It's not easy to find progress for White if Black is willing to sit tight and shuffle in place, protecting his backward pawns. Your ...Kg7 plan limits the checks by the White queen.

However, 52...Nxh3?? allows 53.d5! and White is winning.

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