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Manuel Aaron vs Leonid Stein
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 11, Feb-13
Benoni Defense: Modern Variation (A56)  ·  0-1



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  wwall: Perhaps 20.Be3 or 20.Ra7.

If 21.Qf2, then 21...Ba6.

24.Nc3?? loses. Better is 24.Na7 and if 24...Rad8, then 25.Nc6

Or 24...Rb6, trapping the Queen.

Aug-27-06  Albertan: Another idea was to play 20.Qf4 and Aaron would have had equality after:

20.Qf4 Ne5 21.Qd2 Nc4 22.Qd1 Qh4
23.Nge2 Rf8 24.Ra7 Rxf1+ 25. Qxf1 Ne5 =

Feb-15-07  Cyphelium: <wwall> 20. ♗e3 ♘e5 21. ♕f2 ♘c4 looks problematic for white, for example 22. ♔h1 ♘xe3 23. ♕xe3 ♘xd5.

20. ♖a7 ♘e5 21. ♕f2 ♘c4 is better but similar.

After 24. ♘a7 ♖ad8 25. ♘c6 ♕b6, white will lose the queen anyway.

Jun-20-08  Xeroxx: this reminds of the kasparov vs nunn game except that kasparov won as white.
Dec-16-15  jerseybob: 10.ed might be better.
Dec-16-15  Shams: <jerseybob> IM Sielecki has played a lot of blitz games with the symmetrical pawns that you suggest. But then, he is a squeezer, very happy to take the smallest of technical edges and hope to carry it for many moves.

Lately I've been playing Watson's recommended system which can be reached from this game by branching out with <7.h3 e6 8.Bg5 ed 9.ed> and White has a choice of squares for his king's knight. White's position is pleasant.

Dec-16-15  jerseybob: <Shams:> I saw Botvinnik use that recapture in at least a couple games, against Polugaevsky and maybe Kavalek, and it looked strong.

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