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Valery Salov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Buenos Aires Sicilian (1994), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 6, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: Prins Variation. Venice Attack (B55)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: This was played in a Sicilian tournament organized in honor of Lev Polugaevsky.

Salov played 4 Qxd4 and only played 4 Nxd4 after a long controversy delaying play.

When the contracts for this thematic tournament were produced, they stated that 4 Nxd4 must be played. Salov still insisted that the contract he signed must not have said anything, but later it was proved it did.

When the game resumed, Salov produced 5 f3 and a seemingly prepared refutation of Ljubojevic's 8...d5 plan.

Was the whole episode a clever ruse to
disguise home preparation? Reading Salov's account in NIC at the time, I dismissed the question, but now years later, I wonder if anyone else has thoughts whether Salov might have been capable of this kind of elaborate deception.

Jul-14-06  KingG: Why does anyone still play this 6...Bd7 line? The score for Black is horrendous, and all the games look the same. White doubles Black's pawns, puts his knight on f5, and wins the endgame.

The only games i have ever seen Black win in this line are when White doesn't play 8.Nf5!, for whatever reason. Other than that, White just kills Black.

6...Nbd7 is much better IMO.

Jul-01-07  Katana: Actually, Salov was first hired as a substitute for Polugaevsky, in case his health would become a problem. Unfortunately, shortly before the tournament it was clear that 'Polu' was too ill to participate,(he passed away less then a year later.)so Salov took his place. At least Polu was present at the tournament as guest of honour.

This was a thematic tournament in the Sicilian, an opening to wich Polugaevsky contributed a lot. The contract stated that all games began with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 after wich black could choose between 2..Nc6, 2..e6 or 2..d6 and then the game had to continue with 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4

When Salov played 4.Qxd4 it was pointed out to him he had to capture with the knight! This caused the necessary delay since Salov insisted he was allowed the move4.Qxd4. Only after the contract (Salov had been given a different contract, since he originally was a substitute player)had been faxed all the way from the Netherlands, Salov returned to the board and replaced 4.Qxd4 with 4.Nxd4.

Lubojevic, possibly caught a bit off guard, then didn't react properly to the unusual move 5.f3 and a move later he made a mistake wich allowed his opponent the exchange wich leads to a strategically won position.(6..Bd7?) Salov won the game 44 moves later and eventually went on to win the tournament.

Lubojevic became enraged and later told everyone that Salov did the whole thing on purpose, wich Salov of course denied.

Sep-07-07  Kublo: the mistake is 7...Qxd7 Nbxd7 is the right move.

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