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Evgeny Zagoryansky vs Leonid Stein
Moscow Championship semifinal (1956), Moscow URS
King's Indian Defense: Accelerated Averbakh Variation (E70)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: Zagorjansky blunnders with <38. Qe2?>; he could have held the position with: <38. f5> Rd1 39. Re1 Rxe1 40. Nxe1 Bxg2 41. Nxg2 gxf5 42. Qe1 =

<47....Bc6!> is a very neat winning move removing the cover on <d1>

Dec-14-15  jerseybob: <Chessical:> And what about 38..Bb5!?
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  Chessical: <jerseybob:>

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After 38. f5 <Bb5> does not seem to help Black after 39. Qg1 (hitting <c5>), but one move on and <39...Bb5!> seems to refute my line:

38. f5 Rd1 39. Re1 <39...Bb5!>, the <f5> pawn being no longer protected , <40. Qg1> Rxe1 41. Nxe1 Qxf5 (I suspect this is the variation you actually meant).

I was wrong; <38. f5> is too optimistic and <38. Re2> had to be played.

Dec-18-15  jerseybob: <Chessical: I was wrong; <38. f5> is too optimistic and <38. Re2> had to be played.> I think 38.Re2 is better than either 38.Qe2 or 38.f5. The Gufeld book simply gives white's 38.Qe2 a !? and leaves it at that, with no notes, so maybe he was confused too! It seems to me that after 38.f5,Bb5 39.Qg1,Qa2 followed by Qb3 is safe whether white takes on c5 or plays fxg6. I don't see an immediate danger to black.
Dec-18-15  jerseybob: <Chessical> Oops, here's something I missed; your move is tricky for another reason: After 38.f5,Bb5 39.Qg1,Qa2 doesn't look good due to 40.f6! threatening either Qe3 or Qc1 aiming at h6. So how about if black occupies that square instead, with 39..f6!?! If the rook moves, Qxf5.
Dec-19-15  jerseybob: Actually, that's no good either; amazing what you can see when you actually set it up on a board! If 39..f6? 40.Rc5, so I'm wondering how about the straightforward 39..gxf5. Looks ugly, but what does white do?
Dec-21-15  jerseybob: <Chessical:> After obsessing over this position for several days now, I've come full-circle and agree with you, namely, that 38.f5 is refuted by 38..Rd1(my baby,38..Bb5 is no good)and that 38.Re2 is the move. And by the way, the marking Gufeld gave to 38.Qe2 was actually ?!, not !? as I originally posted. Too bad Stein annotated so few of his games, and this game doesn't appear in Keene's book or any other collection I know of.

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