Castling is important!


DRAGOLJUB VELIMIROVIC vs LJUBOMIR LJUBOJEVIC- YUG-ch, 19
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Another gem from the past is given by the so-called “Yugoslav Tal” namely Velimirovic.

Today we present you the game between Velimirovic and Ljubojevic played at the YUG-ch in 1972.

The opening is the Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line.

This game shows why castling is important in the sicilian defense.

On move 12, White notices that Black has not castled and offers a knight which is declined. Still, on move 14, White sacrifices the rook to open Black’s defense completely and start a fierce attack. Velimirovic exploits the lack of defense for Ljubojevic’s king and make him resign on move 27!

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