Freymann - Vidmar

St Petersburg 1909

Queen's Gambit Declined

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.a3 Bd6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.b4 Bd6 9.Bb2 O-O 10.Bd3 a5 The characteristic weakness of this operation is the blocking of this pawn by a White Knight later on. 11.b5 Ne5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Qe2 b6

White: Freymann Black: Vidmar

( An awkward move, as the pawn at b6 becomes the object of an attack to the White Knight at a4; but Black is in difficulties, how to proceed at all with his development. The best, perhaps, would have been 13...dxc4 14.Bxc4 Bd7 15.Rc1 Rc8 16.Na4 Qc713...dxc4 14.Bxc4 Bd7 15.Rc1 Rc8 16.Na4 Qc7 ( or 16...Bxb2 The point b6 will always remain a slight weakness for Black. ) ) 14.O-O Bb7 15.Rfd1 Qe7 16.Na4 Bxb2 17.Qxb2 Nd7 18.cxd5 exd5 ( If 18...Bxd5 then 19.e4 Bb7 20.Qd4 e5 21.Qe3) 19.Bf5 Rad8 20.Bxd7 ( Stronger would be 20.Rac1 Qd6 21.Qd4 Qxa3 22.Rc7 Nc5 23.Nxb6) 20...Rxd7 21.Nxb6 Rd6 22.Na4 Rh6 23.Rd4 Qc7 24.h3 Rc8 Black played the last moves very well indeed, and has now taken up a defensible position, as he commands th c-file. 25.Rad1 Rg6 26.R4d3 h6 ( He might have played 26...d4 for after 27.g3 Black would at least force a draw by ( After 27.Qxd4 there follows 27...Rxg2+ 28.Kf1 Rxf2+ 29.Ke1 Re2+ etc ) 27...Rxg3+ 28.fxg3 Qxg3+) 27.Rd4 ( After 27.Rc3 then 27...Rxg2+) 27...Kh7 28.R1d3 Qe5 29.Qd2 Rc4 30.Nc3 Qg5 31.f4 Qg3 32.Nxd5 ( Overlooking the mate in two.  The correct play was 32.Qf2 Qxh3 33.e4 Qc8 34.Nxd5 with possibilities of winning for White. ) 32...Rc1+

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