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Peter Romanovsky vs Andrey Smorodsky
USSR Championship (1924), Moscow URS, rd 10, Sep-??
Spanish Game: Exchange. Romanovsky Variation (C68)  ·  1-0



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Oct-12-06  notyetagm: What's better than one knight in a 6th-rank outpost? How about two!

Position after 39 ♘d6+:

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Jan-28-07  morphyvsfischer: This is a good example of when knights can royally screw bishops. Black's doubling rooks on the d file accomplishes nothing, and he needs to try ...g6 and ...f5. 20 Nc5 Bxc5 is nothing for white. 21...cxd6 needs to be played, as a large amount of white's strategy is based on c5 occupation. Finally, on move 24, exd4 is necessary, as otherwise black is run off the board, and the knights begin to look better than rooks, even!
Jul-29-09  ungeneral: <notyetagm>: What's better than one knight in a 6th-rank outpost? How about two!

Or maybe one knight on the 7th-rank!

Jul-29-09  ungeneral: In the final position, the white bishop cannot defend two squares at once, the rook threatens both a move to c6 and e6 and the white bishop can only defend one.
Oct-17-09  outsider: romanovsky came second in this tournament (iirc), he was the strongest player in the soviet union at that time (bogoljubov anyway was only a "guest"), and smorodsky came last. in terms of the contemporary elo, there would have been some 200 points difference between them
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  GrahamClayton: A tour de force by the White knights.
Oct-23-19  Nerwal: The position before 33. ♘a5 is featured in <Think like a Grandmaster> by Kotov. Of course nowadays nobody would wait to be squashed like Smorodsky did and something like 33. ♘a5 cxd5 34. exd5 ♖xd5 would be tried.

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