By Yuri Averbakh
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The forward ima e often a ears in connection with a conviction that the opponent is forced to capture, in reply, a sacrificed or exchanged piece. Here is a position from t he game Liberzon-Taimanov. Tbilisi 1 967 . allce-image is observeci-m-l'a-imanov·s-ea-leuiatftms-;. -tk:--- believed t ha t the varia tion 3S . . RxN 36 pxR R·Q8ch with a win. was forced. and in fact that is how the game ended. Black had not seen the move 36 Q-B6 which would change t he assessment of his pla n . It should be mentioned t h a t seeing such intermediary and quiet moves is psychologically especially difficult.
Calc ulated only upon the capture of the pawn which gave a Win m every vanatton . e game continued 40 . . K2 Q-N3ch 44 Q-B2 QxQch 45 KxQ R·B7 46 K·K2 and it soon ended in a draw. At times the persistence of attention that is centred upon future posiiions is so great that reality is a lmost completely ignored. A pawn . a piece, remain en prise and the player does not see the direct danger. He thinks in terms of t he future and makes the grossest one-move oversIghts. an incident. N-B4 , 27 .
QN5 , and Kho l mov was able to convert his init i ative into a win . Note t h at in t he Geller· Keles-pusition 11 BxNctrPxltwas--str o-ng, aM only now 12 Q-KS, threatemng N·Q4. After the move in the g am e Keres succeeded in freeing h im self of the pin 1 1 . . 0-0! and a fter 1 2 BxN came 12 . . B-Q3. Possibly Geller did not play 1 1 BxN b�c a use intuitively there was a n association a t wor k , due to the sim ila rity to his ga�e against Kho l mov. Geller decided not to help Kere s ' Q-side pawns to by �ecausein t1'\e-previousgamethathad workedin Bla-ek-'s-faveucJ" T� .
Chess Middlegames: Essential Knowledge by Yuri Averbakh