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I l CITY of Stalingrad CITY of Saratov Telegraphic intercity game 1948 1.e4 c5 2.' ,f3 i c6 3.d4 cxd4 4,txd4 ' f6 5. ' c3 d6 6 i e2 g6 7 e3 ig7 This pawn sac leads to complicated play. Despite White's success in this game, the text has a dubious reputation. 10., 'd2 is weak in view of 10 < axe4l, and Black has won a pawn. A better continuation is 10.Wd3 < Sg4 (now 10 'Sxe4 is not good in view of 11. lxc6) 11.fid5 Axd4, and now not 12.< axb67 i,xe3+ 13.*hl 4xb6 - and Black is better with...

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After 13.exd5 Black has a good reply in 13 Ah3 . e.g. I4.& xd4 (14.0-0 xg2 15.< & xg2 g4+, with perpetual check) 14 exd4 15.gxh3 a6 I6.5)a3 A,h6 I7. c2 5ae8+ 18.i> dl (18.J.e2 runs into 18 d3 19.Wxd3 Se3 20.Wdl Bfe8, with winning threats) xhS 19.fi.e2Sxe2 20. xe2d3 21 . e4 f5 22.Sie6+ Bf7, and White must go for perpetual check with 23. e8+ Bf8 24. e6+ Bf7 25. e8+, according to an old analysis by Boleslavsky. Better moves are 16 Wf5 and lb Ji,d7, when Black can maintain the balance,...

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This is refuted. 17.gS7 is less good as well, as Black can react strongly with 17 b4 , e.g. 18Ab5 (bad is 18.gxf67bxc3 19.1xc3 Bxc3 20.fxe7 Bxb2+ ) 18 Wa4 19.gxf6 bxa3 20.b3 (20.b4 J.a2+ ) 20 J.xb3 , with good chances for Black. With l7.< Sd5 could still have pulled the emergency break after 17 txd2 18.Exd2 he still has a quite playable position. 17 lxf6 18. d5b4 White had intended 18 Wxd2 19Axifi+ exf6 20.Bxd2, of course, and he is positional-ly winning. But the text gives Black a lightning...