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Nicolas Rossolimo vs Ludek Pachman
Hilversum Zonal (1947), Hilversum NED, rd 1, Jul-15
Dutch Defense: Classical. Ilyin-Zhenevsky Variation General (A97)  ·  0-1



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  Pawn and Two: First round at the 1947 European Zonal. Going into this tournament Pachman noted that he did not have a great number of successes other than the Czechoslovak championship, a tie for first place in a small tournament in Arbon and a tie for 2nd-5th in the Warsaw tournament.

At Hilversum, Pachman got off to a great start, winning his first six games.

Fritz indicates Rossolimo could have kept an even game with: 31.Qf2! Qe7, (-.01) (24 ply) 32.gxh5! Rh6 33.Rg1 d5 34.Nc5 b6 35.Rbe1 Qf7 36.Nd3 Rf8 37.Qg2 Rxh5 38.Qg6. Inferior was: (-.78) (24 ply) 32.Rg1? hxg4 33.Rxg4 Rxg4 34.hxg4 b6 35.Kg1 d5 36.Nd2 Ne3 37.Nf1 Rc8 38.Rc1.

Rossolimo made a fatal error with 31.Rg1?? d5!. Best play was then: (-2.09) (21 ply) 32.Qf2 Qxf2 33.Nxf2 Nd2 34.Nd3 Nxf3+ 35.Kh1 Nxg1 36.Nxf4 Rd6 37.Kxg1 38.hxg4 Rf8.

The struggle was soon over after: 32.Qe2 hxg4 33.fxg4 Re6 (even stronger was 33...Qe7) 34.Qf2 Qe7.

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