Exchanging key defenders (3)

This week’s example may very well have been influenced by a knowledge of Botvinnik-Sorokin, shown last week. Kholmov also offers the queen exchange on e3, realising that the resulting doubled e-pawns will not be weak, but will increase White’s pressure down the f-file, especially against f7. Suetin opts to keep queens on, but has to give ground and allow the white pieces to occupy ideal squares, with heavy pressure against Black’s queenside pawn weaknesses.

Steve Giddins