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Xh7. Bb7-d5 d4-d3 BdS-c4 2 5 Qg7xc7 26 Qc7xeS 27 QeS-e3 Other lines don't save him either. 28 29 30 31 32 b2-b3 f2-f3 Qe3-c;l2 b3xc4 Kgl·f2 Rf8-f7 Rf7-d7 e6-e 5 b5xc4 Ke8-f7 On 32 . . xd7+ and 3 6 Ke2. Th e 3J Kf2-e3 Kf7-e6 34 Qd2-b4 35 Ke3·d2 36 a2-a4 Rd7-c7 Rc7-c6 Black rengned. · story behind this game is the clear evidence it gives of the importance 46 research work for the chessplayer seeking a successful career. The triumph the analytical movement, which formed in the ' 3 0's and '40's, was precise­ ly what earned the Soviet masters the acclaim of chessplayers the world over.

But to my surprise, Euwe unexpectedly said that he would like to play a little longer. I was angered ; my fighting spirit immediately returned. "Fine," I said, "let's play on, then . " Euwe felt the change in the atmosphere, and extended his hand to congratulate me on winning the tournament. Draw ! The excitement and noise in the hall were indescribable. Play on the other boards ceased for several minutes, while chief arbiter Milan Vidmar quieted the spectators. Meanwhile, my friends took me away to celebrate my victory.

O 8 Bcl-a3 b7-b6 Trading bishops here (8 Bxa 3 ) would only expedite White's maneuver Nb l xa 3-c2-b4 (or e l ) -d3, as was played as long ago as my game with Ragozin (XI USSR Otampionship, Leningrad 1 9 3 9 ). •. 9 Ba3xe7 Qd8xe7 r n Nf3-e5 Bc8-b7 Nb8-d7 Nf6xd7 1 1 Nbl-d2 12 Ne5xd7 13 e2-e 3 If Black's pawn were on f7, the game would be even ; but here, despite all the foregoing simplifications, White maintains a small positional advantage precisely because that pawn is on fS : the weakness at e5 may count.

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