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Ulf Andersson vs Rafael Vaganian
Skelleftea World Cup (1989), Skelleftea SWE, rd 10, Aug-??
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. General (E91)  ·  1-0

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Oct-18-05  PivotalAnorak: 15. ♖c2!! with the idea ♖d2 and exchange sac on d4. Committal decision by Andersson, which proves to be correct. White has the d5 square for his knight. I think it was Vaganian who said something like "Andersson saced the exchange, but he had an elephant on d5 !"
Oct-18-05  azi: An excellent example of correctly judging what one is getting for the exchange sacrifice. Initially Andersson gets the key black squared bishop, 2 center pawns, d5 for his knight, the initiative and good prospects against a now disorganized black defense. However, it seems to me he also had some luck later on finding solutions that I don't believe could have been forseen and without which the outcome may have been different. For example, 27.rd4 and 33.Qf7. Without this attack (mate threat) on the eigth rank, white's queenside pawns are much more vulnurable.A great lesson on when to try to win with an exchange sacrifice.
Oct-18-05  azi: Yes. I agree that 15.c2 is a great move that starts the combination. Also 13.be2 is a key move but I don't get why he made that move at that time. Any thoughts?
Oct-19-05
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  Mateo: <PivotalAnorak> At the time this game occurred, I read it was Andersson who said he got an elephant. Anyway, this was good image.
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  Mateo: <azi: Yes. I agree that 15.c2 is a great move that starts the combination. Also 13.be2 is a key move but I don't get why he made that move at that time. Any thoughts?>

I see two main reasons. 1) The bishop retreat does not allow black to play 13... b5 (this is what Vaganian was trying to play with 10... Nc7 and 12... Qb8. 2) He anticipates 13... Ne5. And there could be a third reason: this move gives white the opportunity in some cases to play f4.

Feb-25-06  azi: I don't know if any one else noticed but after the profilactic 13. be2, the bishop sits there for 16 moves, seemlingly invisible to the goingson on the rest of the board! My guess is that Andersson was over protecting c4 and so he is solidifying his center with be2 - along with having incredible insight and experience! I thought at first he was going to play f4 but since he doesn't and he could have I assume he was not intending to.

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