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Lev Polugaevsky vs Alexander Zaitsev
USSR Championship (1968/69), Alma-Ata (Almaty) URS, rd 2, Mar-??
Three Knights Opening: General (C46)  ·  0-1



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Jun-15-12  LoveThatJoker: Great game from GM A. Zaitsev. This is his only win against GM Polugaevsky in this database.

Two notes of interest:

a) 30...Rd4! is a great move as, according to Stockfish, 31. Rxc5 Bd8! and Black wins material.

b) While viewing the game, I came up with 34...Nf4 - tightening the mating net. Stockfish agreed that it is a good move offering 35. Rc1 Rxc1 36. Ne2 Nxe2 37. Kxe2 as White's only saving continuation; this said, after 37...Bb4, Black has a decisive advantage (-7.51) at a depth of 22.


Jun-15-12  LoveThatJoker: **CORRECTION**

Note 'a' should read:

a) 30...Rd4! is a great move as, according to Stockfish, 31. Rxc5 <Bf8!> and Black wins material.


Jul-25-18  zydeco: Polugayevsky's opening is tame and Zaitsev plays energetically.

It's probably a mistake for white to push the a-pawn with 17.a4?! Polugayevsky suddenly realizes he's in trouble with 22.Rab1, acknowledging that the b-pawn is very weak (because of the missing a-pawn) and ....d3 is a real positional threat.

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