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Andrei Sokolov vs Artur Yusupov
Candidates Match (1986), Riga, rd 7, Sep-17
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Motzko Attack II (C82)  ·  1-0



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Jan-07-06  Raskolnikov: Mark Dvoretzky analyzed a part of this game in one of his books in a chapter about building the fortress. Indeed, 40...♖e1+ is a blunder caused by a terrible zeitnot of Yusupov. Mark Dvoretzky pointed out that Black should have played 40...♗:d4 with the idea 41...♖:d3+. After 41.♗c4+ ♔h8 42.♖:e3 ♗:e3+ White has an advantage (he is a ♘ up) which is not sufficient for a win since black ♔ keeps staying in the corner and White is not able to promote his (doubled) pawns. Mark Dvoretzky remarked that White should be able to win the h-♙, but what else has to follow? He analyzed this (possible) position:

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1.♘f6 (with the idea ♗h7-g8 ) ♗c1! (if then and White will win this endgame in spite of opposite-coloured bishops) 2.♘h5 (if 2.♗h7 then ♗b2 3.♘f4 ♗a3!.

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  GrahamClayton: Sokolov suugested 16....♗g6 as an improvement on 16..h6
Jul-24-16  zydeco: <Raskolnikov> Interesting. But what if (after 40...Bxd4) white plays 41.Rc8+ Kf7 42.Kh2 or 42.Kf2. It looks like white is a clear piece up with rooks still on the board.

I guess that Yusupov avoided the recapture 27...cxd4 because white's bishop comes to b3 with a terrible pin.

Nov-23-16  clement41: @zydeco: in the event of 40...Bxd4 41 Rc8+?? there'd follow 41...Re8+! , a lethal counter-check. As for the 28 Bb3 pin you mention, it may not be that awful due to ...Ra7 relieving black's king
Nov-24-16  zydeco: <clement41> Good points. I still don't understand why black avoided 27...cxd4.
Nov-25-16  Howard: Remind me to dig out my copies of NIC from late 1986. They really did a good job analyzing the games from this match, as I recall.

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