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Alexander Kotov vs Svetozar Gligoric
Moscow (1947), Moscow URS, rd 2, Nov-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  1-0



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Apr-11-10  Talis: Game played in Chigorin Memorial tournament, Moscow, 1947.11.27.
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  plang: 11..Ne4 was a new move and is now the most popular. 15 fxg and 18 e5 were quite sharp playing for a kingside attack. Kotov was critical of 18..Nb8?! recommending 18..Re8 followed by ..Nf8. Black's main problem was his weakness on the light squares though had he played 40..Rfd7 41 Bf5..d4 42 Qg4 the advantage would not have been immediately decisive. Black sealed 42..Qa6 but resigned without seeing the obvious 43 Qf5. 42..Rd7 43 Rc8..Qxd6 44 Rxf8+..Kh7 45 Qe8 would not have altered the result.
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  offramp: Svetozar Gligoric 's book was called "I Play with Pieces" and here he does exactly that. He does not move his pawns.
Feb-10-17  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: Svetozar Gligoric 's book was called "I Play with Pieces" and here he does exactly that. He does not move his pawns.> I'm glad you explained that title because, maybe it's a bit late in the day, but it seemed completely absurd when I first read it.

<plang: Black sealed 42..Qa6 but resigned without seeing the obvious 43 Qf5> I'm glad you explained why black resigned, too. If 43 Qf5 Nd7 then 44 Be4?

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  HeMateMe: I loved the follow up volume "Think like a Yugo."
Feb-10-17  zanzibar: Best is 43.Qg4

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5n1k /p3r1p1/qpR4p/3B4/6Q1/6PP/P5PK/8 b - - 0 43

Black K-side collapses at the end - put the queen on the g-file for the mate on g8 and sack the rook on h6 to get it done.

If Black tries 43...g6 then 44.Qf4, or if 43...g5 then 44.Qd4+.

The move 40...Rfd7 was Black's must-find defense, 40...Re7 is losing.

Black then just sheds material to slow down the mate, but can't.

The engine give 43...Ne6 as best, which tells you how desperate the position is.

Feb-10-17  zanzibar: Really nice coordination of the three White pieces, many variations are worth a study on attacking.
Feb-11-17  ChessHigherCat: <HeMateMe: I loved the follow up volume "Think like a Yugo."> Far more coherent than the Italian version "Go like'a you think"

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