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Dragoljub Velimirovic vs Nenad Ristic
YUG-ch (1980), Skender Vakuf BIH, rd 1, Feb-19
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Feb-11-16  Poisonpawns: Also known as the Lowenthal variation.A landmark game with an instructional ending.Problem with this opening from blacks point of view is that it is a "weak" cousin of the Pelikan/Sveshnikov opening. Black takes on the problems of that opening without the benefits(i.e bishop pair,dynamic piece play.Instead black has a backward d pawn and white owns the bishop pair.No compensation.The ending is very difficult to hold for black and this is one of the reasons you do not see this in top practice.13..Nd7 is dreadful for black to try to play , so it is understandable why he tried to "break" out with Ng4+,f5 etc. However,we all know that the opening up of the position favors the bishops!

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