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Milan Matulovic vs Vladimir Sokolov
Italy (1953)
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Classical Formation (B21)  ·  1-0



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Aug-02-05  ArturoRivera: what the hell, this game is called tactics and no one has ever kitbitzed!!!
Aug-26-05  PurpleKnight25: That game is like "panic!!!". Pieces hanging everywhere..... Great! Great!
Nov-29-05  Holden: Yes, pieces are hanging everywhere, but is it for a good reason? What is wrong with 13...exd6? or even 14...exd6? or 18...axb5?
Apr-18-07  Manic: Well, here is my patzer analysis:

13...exd6 14.hxg4 Qxg5. Black will have trouble finding a safe place fore his king to hide. The isolated d-pawn is also target for the white pieces as well. 15.e5! looks to be a good move to exploit black's vulnerable king, creating open lines for the major pieces. A bishop sac on f7 also looks worrying for black.

14...exd6 15.exf6+ and after the king moves white has many options with which to continue the attack. 16.Ne4 aiming for the d pawn and perhaps followed up by piling major pieces to aim at the d pawn.. 16.Qe4 Or Nd5 if the king moves to d7 also looks good for white.

18...axb5 19.Qxb5+ and if 19...Qd7 20.Rxe5+ dxe5 21.Qxe5+ Be7 (21...Kd8 22.Rd1) and it looks like 22.fxe7 and Nd5 or 22.Nd5 wins.

I probably missed something so maybe you should put it through an engine.

Apr-18-07  Quintiliano: This is the great Matulovic for you. One the greatest attacking palyers ever.
Apr-18-07  Quintiliano: In Italian chess books it's called the Matulovic gambit.
Nov-18-11  transpo: After 8.Rd1 instead of 8...Qc8, much better is 8...e6. By blocking the WKB Black creates a real threat of 10...Ne5
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  PawnSac: That's because Matulovic did a lot to advance the theory of the Morra gambit
Dec-23-19  gambitfan: Milan Matulovic is one of the big shots of the Smith-Morra Gambit, with David Esserman...
Jun-27-23  TichFreeman: Beautiful final move, intending to follow up with checkmate the next move. In fact, Matulović’s sharp, attacking style of chess is avidly visible throughout, but the final blow, imo, was extremely pretty.

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