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Grigory Levenfish vs Alexander Kotov
USSR Championship (1939), Leningrad URS, rd 5, Apr-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0



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Nov-10-08  Karpova: Mihail Marin: <Too many mistakes, the reader might say.

Let us look at the problem from a different angle: if one of the strongest exponents of the first Soviet wave was so hesistant after home analysis it might be that the position is really complicated. Black's main difficulty is of a psychological nature: move after move he has to choose between two or three different evils...

How many contemporary GMs would deal with the situation better than Kotov? Not an easy question to answer. It is easier to imagine, however, how many top GMs would have played with less efficiency than Levenfish.>

From pages 114-115 of Marin, Mihail: "Learn from the Legends - Chess Champions at their Best", 2nd edition, Quality Chess, Gothenburg 2006

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  plang: 9..cxd was a new move; 9..Bg4 and 9..Be6 had each been played once before. I don't really understand 12..Ne8; something like 12..Bd6 looks more logical. 55..a5? was the losing move; Marin gives 55..axb 56 Kb4..Bc6 57 a3..fxg 58 hxg..Kg7 is equal as 59 Ne6+..Kg8 is not dangerous for Black.

Marin after 57 Kd3:
"His Majesty successfully ended his mission on the queenside; the signal of retreat was already heard. What are the concrete assessments? The b6 pawn is now weakand the a4-square is available for the knight. At the same time the c6-square is denied to the bishop,who has only b7 and a8 left. This creates additional possibilities of zugzwang."

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