It Took Lev Polugaevsky 2 Weeks To Find This Move

Here is a brilliant chess game played by Soviet GM Lev Polugaevsky vs Filipino GM Eugenio Torre. In the extremely complex, Botvinnik Variaton of Semi-Slav Defense, Polugaevsky reveals his secret weapon which he had developed in 1977, 4 years prior to that game. The story goes back to 1977 when Polugaevsky was preparing with his trainer Vladimir Bagirov for his Candidates match with Brazilian GM Henrique Mecking. Polugaevsky had a difficult problem to solve, he didn’t know what to play for White against the Meran defense. Bagirov was trying to dissuade him telling that Black’s position looks solid, but Polugaevsky’s sixth sense was telling him that there should be a win! After nearly 2 weeks of analysis finally Polugaevsky finds the brilliant continuation which allows him to implement two important strategies with one move: strengthen and advance his king-side pawns and at the same time imprison Torre’s rook. Despite that fact that in the upcoming match Mecking chooses a different line (Moscow variation) but 4 years later as soon as the opportunity strikes, Polugaevsky surprises his opponent by introducing his novelty!
Lev Polugaevsky (2620) vs Eugenio Torre (2550)
Moscow (1981), Moscow URS, rd 6, Apr-12
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6
8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 c5 13.d5
Nb6 14.dxe6 Qxd1+ 15.Rxd1 Bxh1 16.e7 a6 17.h4 Bh6 18.f4 b4
19.Rd6 Rb8 20.Nd1 Bxg5 21.fxg5 Nd5 22.Bxc4 Nxe7 23.fxe7 Kxe7
24.Rf6 Rhf8 25.Ne3 Be4 26.Rxa6 Rbd8 27.Rf6 Rd6 28.Rf4 Rd4
29.h5 Bd3 30.Nd5+ Kd6 31.Rxd4 cxd4 32.Bb3 Bc2 33.Bxc2 Kxd5
34.Bb3+ Ke5 35.g4 Kf4 36.g6 Ke3 37.g7 Rc8 38.Kf1 d3 39.Kg2 Kf4
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