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Miguel Najdorf vs Boris Spassky
Palma de Mallorca (1969), Palma ESP, rd 3, Nov-24
Tarrasch Defense: Classical Variation (D34)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: 51.Ba4 was a careless move and it could have got white into quite unpleasant troubles after 52...Bd5! (diagram) instead of automatic 52...cxd4.

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Here 53.dxc5(?) leads to immediate disaster after 53...Re7+ 54.Kf1 (54.Kd1 Bf3+ 55.Kc2 Be4+ 56.Kd1 Rd8+ 57.Ke1 Bg2+ with mate in next move) 54...Bf3 and white King is in a mating net, which can be torn only at high cost in lost material, as 55.Bd1 Nd2+! 56.Bxd2 Rh8 57.Bxf3 gxf3 58.Kg1 Reh7 leads to mate [white can avoid immediate mate with 55.Bc6 Nd2+! 56.Kg1 (56.Bxd2 Rh8 leads to mate again) 56...Bxc6 57.Rd1 Rh7 58.f4 but it is obviously hopeless]. White has to play 53.Kd1 but black still has quite dangerous initiative after 53...Rc7 54.Rcb1 Rd8.

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