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Boris Spassky vs Harry Golombek
Bucharest (1953), Bucharest ROU, rd 17, Feb-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-15  A.T PhoneHome: To my philistine chess brain, it seems that Knight on d7 is pinned and White is threatening 26.Ne5.

Perhaps he intends 26.Ne5, then 27.Nxd7 and if Rook takes, 27...Rxd7, White recaptures, 28.Rxd7 and King cannot recapture because that would be checkmate. Then White plays 29.Rd8 with check and King must move, White winning the second Rook (winning Knight and Rook pair for Knight and Rook).

I'm not sure though. More inclined to like this as more likely continuation: 25...c4, followed by 26.Nxd8 cxd3 27.Nxe6 (Rook moves) 28.Rxd3 and White has won two pawns.

Terrible would be 25...Rc8. Then just 26.Rxd7, threatening 27.Rxe7# mate.

Not sure of my continuations though. There is probably more to it than that. Just jogging my brain, that's what chess is about!

Feel free to comment on my thoughts! :)

Mar-30-15  Bobby Spassky: .

How about just.
26. NxR
27 R-b1
28 RxB

If Ne5, then just BxN.

Mar-30-15  A.T PhoneHome: You're right, missed those completely!

Nice trap after 27.Rb1 and I totally ignored b2 Bishop when I considered Nxe5.

Thank you <Bobby Spassky>, great to learn! I guess my problem is (for now) that I look for mate when sometimes losing material forces the resignation.

Need to keep it simple from now on. :P

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  plang: There is a tricky gambit involving ..b5 in this line but it is played a few moves earlier before the center is closed; here it is not effective. After a second error 12..Nd7 Black was lost; in addition to 12..Nxc3 mentioned in the annotations 12..Nf6 also looks playable.

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