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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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The moves 16.if3 and I6. xb5 fail to lead to an advantage (as well). An example with 16.fxe5 is Kuindzhi-Tseitlin, Soviet Union 1971 16 Stf8 17. b3 Sd8 18.exf6 < Bf4+ I9.*bl Hxdl+ 20.Bxdl Wxf6 21.0xb5 axb5, and now 22. xb5i c6 23.Hfl d6 24.1,xc6+ xc6 25. b8+ *d7 26.1 ,a7+ & e8 27. b8+ would have led to perpetual check and a draw. 16 ixd5 17.nxd5 tc5 After I7 b6 White also holds the draw 18.Axh5+ (I8.ikd3 and 18.Bd3 do not convince) I8 axh5 I9.tg8+.& f8 20. e6+, Capelan-Polugaevsky,...

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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...