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Vitaly Chekhover vs Boris Spassky
URS-ch sf (1954), Leningrad URS
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-14-08  CharlesSullivan: No doubt Chekhover refrained from 23...♕xd2 because of 24.♗xc6 ♘xc6 25.♖xc6+ ♔d7 26.♖xa6 and White has a very promising attack. However, Chekhover should have played 23...♕xd2! 24.♗xc6 because 24...♘d3!! wins:

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For example: 25.♗b7+ and now the "safe" way to win is 25...♔b8 26.♗xa6+ ♘xb4 27.a3 ♖g4 28.axb4 ♖xb4 29.♕a1 ♕b2 30.g3 ♕xa1 31.♖xa1 ♖b2

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and Black has the Exchange plus a pawn, enough for a relatively easy win. Also interesting, but more complex, from the first diagram is 25.♗b7+ ♔d7!? 26.♖d4+ ♔e7 27.♖c7+ ♔f6 28.♖xd8 ♕xf2+ 29.♔h1 ♖xd8 30.♗xa6

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and now 30...♘e1!! and the mating threats win for Black. (White does NOT have a perpetual check beginning 31.♖xf7+ etc.)

Aug-07-19  Lander: 12..... ba1 = Dama era más fuerte.

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