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Mark Taimanov vs Salomon Flohr
1st Soviet Team-ch final (1948), Leningrad URS, Sep-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack (B10)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-09-21
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  plang: A few months later at the USSR Championship Taimanov tried the sharper 10 Nd2 and the game ended in a draw. Flohr's decision to play for an early endgame was apparently based on his opponent's youth but it backfired; he may have underestimated Taimanov's clever 16 Nb1. Better would have been 35 c5..bxc 36 bxc..Rh8 37 Nd6+ with a winning rook ending; Black, however missed the strong response 35..Kd7 with the idea of ..f6+. The clever 41..f6 would have been answered by 42 gxf..Rd7+ 43 Ke5..Ng6+ 44 Kxe6..Nxh4 45 Nxh4..Ke8 46 Ng6..Rc7 47 Ne5 and wins.

The variation with ..gxf is a reasonable attempt to obtain sharp play with Black; playing it for an endgame as Flohr does here seems odd.

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