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Grigorian-Psakhis 1979


Grigorian, K. (2480) - Psakhis, L. (2480) [A31]
First League of USSR Ch, Frunze 1979 [Psakhis and Baburin]

1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 b6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb7 6. f3 d6 7. e4 e6 8. Be2 Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Ndb5 Qb8 12. Rc1 a6 13. Na3 Re8! 14. Qb3? d5!
   This blow is very typical for the Hedgehog system. Black is taking advantage of the fact that most White pieces abandoned their king.
15. exd5 Bd6 16. h3   Black would have met 16 g3 with 16...Bxg3!.
exd5 17. Bf2 d4! 18. Bxd4 Nh5!   The dark squares on White's kingside are hopelessly weak and Black's pieces begin to use them.
19. Bf2 Nf4 20. Rfe1 Re6!   This rook shift adds fuel into Black's already powerful attack. Now 21 Bf1? loses after 21... Nxh3+ 22 gxh3 Rg6+ 23 Bg2 Bxf3.
21. Ne4 Rg6 22. Bf1 Nxh3+ 23. Kh1 Nxf2+ 24. Nxf2 Rh6+ 25. Nh3    Or 25 Kg1 Bh2+ 26 Kh1 Bg1+ 27 Kxg1 Qh2#
Bc5 26. Qd3 Ne5 27. Qf5 Nxf3!   This is the last stroke, breaking White's defence.
28. gxf3 Qg3 29. Bg2 Bxf3   White resigned as 30 Qxf3 loses to 30...Rxh3+. This is a brilliant example of handing the Hedgehog with Black! (A. Baburin).

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