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Alexander Kotov vs Alexandar Tsvetkov
Moscow (1947), Moscow URS, rd 10, Dec-11
Semi-Slav Defense: Chigorin Defense (D46)  ·  1-0



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  plang: !0..f5 and 11..e5 had been played on several previous occasions but Kotov was the first to play 12 Bg5! which seems to be a refutation, For reasons that are unclear Black has played into this line in 8 games since this one and White has scored a perfect 9 for 9. 13..Bxe5 14 Re1..Qg6 15 Nxe5..Nxe5 16 Be7 would have cost Black the exchange.
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  perfidious: Played a rapid event in Philadelphia back in the 1990s and had the pleasure of destroying Boris Zisman after he played 10....f5.

There is more than one way for Black to go wrong in this: 10....Nf6 looks natural, but is also not very good. Art Bisguier beat me in the line he long favoured, 10....h6, back in 1985, which came to replace 10....Nf6 in master praxis.

Another pitfall to avoid is 10....h6 10.Bc2 Nf6, which transposes into 10....Nf6, though my opponent got by with it in A Shaw vs A Escobedo Tinajero, 2001.

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