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Svetozar Gligoric vs Oscar Panno
First Piatigorsky Cup (1963), Los Angeles, CA USA, rd 6, Jul-11
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Reynolds' Variation (D48)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-09  Ulhumbrus: Following the exchange sacrifice 24 Rae1!! Bxe1 25 Rxe1 Gligoric plays nothing but "quiet" moves for the next half a dozen moves at the end of which Black resigns.

One explanation is that the position after 23...Be2 is misleading. Black's King has in fact lost the right to castle.

White therefore develops his pieces at an unhurried pace towards the purpose of attacking a Black King who is unable to castle into safety.

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  Chessical: Gligoric annotated his game in the tournament book (now available in a Dover reprint ISBN 0-486-24066-5).

Gligoric felt <13.Ng5!> "was the most important move in the game", and modestly did not even give <24.Rael> any sign of commendation.

He appears to have seen it as the only move to avoid opposite coloured bishops, which would have made more likely the prospect of Panno's king surviving on <e8>

Jun-12-14  zydeco: Black's problem around move 13 is that he has to keep the knight on f6. If he plays a natural move like 14.....Nc5, white has 15.e5 Nd5 16.Qh5+ g6 17.Bxg6+. If 14.....h6 15.Nf3 and if 15.....Nc5 16.e5 Nd5 17.Nd4 when the queen gets to h5 again. Still, 14.....Be7 followed by ....0-0 might be ok.

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