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Quintessentially Soviet

It could be argued that the Soviets played much more attacking chess then their, comparatively affluent, counterparts in the west. Partly because of what is ingrained in their culture/spirit, and partly because winning meant more or at least in becoming titled the government made more effort to look after you, and partly because the competition was much stiffer. And here’s a fine example from the 9th Soviet Championships, a spirited Levenfish shows us how it was done.

White played g4 here and could because black has not applied pressure to the centre.
Not looking good is it?
Quite a finale

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