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Alexander Kotov vs Alexander Tolush
Parnu (1947), Parnu URS, rd 5, Jul-19
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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Apr-28-03  AussiePatzer: This game is not really a good choice for a "white to move and win" since there are many solutions. Chess puzzles are supposed to have unique answers.

All the same, I have to admit I'd still rather have flawed puzzles like this rather than no puzzle at all, for the "puzzle of the day" on the main page.

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  Sneaky: What's another winning move on White's 26th? I tried to make 26.Nxf7?! work but I think Black can survive that.
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  Sneaky: Oh wait a minute. I see what you are saying. White's already up a piece so after even a quiet move, you may argue that White has a won game. I still think 26.Rxg7+ is the most forcing, and clearly best.
Apr-29-03  AussiePatzer: Yep, and there is at least this one other forcing line:

26. Nd7 Rxd7 27. Qh7+ Kf8 28. Qh8+ Ke7 29. Rce1+ Be5 30. Rxe5+ Qxe5+ 31. Qxe8+ Kxe8 32. dxe5

Fritz found that. The line I found was:

26. Rxg7+ Bxg7 27. Qxf7+ Kh8 28. Qxe8+ Rxe8 29. Nf7+, forking King and Queen.

Which is easier to calculate than Kotov's 28. Rg1.

I guess I'm just another pedantic chess player...

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  plang: I think most Nimzo players today wouldn't play 9..Be7; it is not in the spirit of the opening and seems to lose a tempo. 14..Ba6 is a bad move; even I saw the refutation fairly quickly. The end must have been fun to play for Kotov; you don't get that type of position very often.
Aug-30-06  euripides: Adams has played 9...Be7; Baburin vs Adams, 1997. Grischuk recently played Be7 a move later: Istratescu vs Grischuk, 2005.

If Black avoids Be7 I guess he eventually plays g5, though there don't seem to be many games with this approach. be7 feels quite natural to me, but I don't play the Nimzo.

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  plang: Well, I don't think g5 is good for black. I think black often plays the Nimzo with the intention of giving up the two bishops. I guess what I am saying is that if 9..Be7 is blacks best move then maybe this line is questionable for black.
May-17-12  Abdel Irada: Apparently black thought he was developing his problem child — I mean queen's bishop — to a good square, but was Kotov guard by b2-b4.

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