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Jan Smejkal vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
EUR-chT (Men) 6th (1977), Moscow URS, rd 5, Apr-??
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Another almost unbelievable game of Jan Smejkal with positional sac of Knight on d5. Instead of 20.Qd2 he could have sacrificed the Queen 20.Qxf6!? Qxf6 21.dxc5 Qd8 (21...Qxb2 22.Rxb2 dxc5 23.Nxg5 Re8 24.Rbe2 Rxe2 25.Rxe2 Ne8 26.Ne4 Nd7 27.Bh3 ) 22.cxb6 Rg8 (or 22...Nxd5 23.Bxh8 ) 23.bxc7 . Smejkal's 27.Ng6+ was a mistake which could lose the game (Correct was 27.Qc2!! Rbb7 28.Qf5+ and white wins.) but Ljubojevic missed over the board 28...Kg8!! [28...Kxg6 expected by Smejkal would have led to a beautiful finish: 29.Qc2+ Kh5 (29...Kf6 30.Qxh7 ) 30.Qe2+!! (30.Qxh7?! Qg8! is not clear.) 30...Kg6 31.Qe6+ Kh5 32.g4+ Kh4 33.Rxh7 ] sacrificing his Queen 28...Qxe7 instead of that. Finally Smejkal won the game in an interesting endgame of Q vs 2R.
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  Benzol: <Honza> This is a great game apart from Smejkal's slip at move 27. I was wondering if he could have played 27.♔xg2 ♖bb7 28.♘g6+ ♔g7 29.♕e5

Also would Ljubojevic have had better chances of drawing with 52...♖b2 instead of 52...♖a1?

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Is this Q vs. 2R ending a win for White? Was he really better at move 37? Around move 40, it still looks rather even.
Jun-06-12  Octal: I think 14 ... Nf8 with the plan of going to g6 may have been better. Any opinions? I.e. 14 d4 cxd4 15 Bxd4 Ng6 16 c5 O-O 17 c6 Bc8 18 Rc1 Qc7 and black should be fine (although Nd2-c4, Bb6 may be an idea of sorts.)

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