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Larry Mark Christiansen vs Lev Alburt
"The Royal Alburt Haul" (game of the day Nov-13-2018)
Ch USA (1990), Jacksonville, FL USA
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Keres Variation (B04)  ·  0-1


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May-11-06  who: Annotated at chesscafe.
Feb-19-16  Howard: Too bad that this match between Alburt and Christiansen was so lop-sided---the former won 3-0.
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  halito27: Not a whole lot of positional play in this one; all tactics. One of those games where one GM flat out-calculates the other.
Nov-13-18  Ironmanth: Looks deeply prepared by Lev. Recall way back when, when Lev's name raised eyebrows in the US, as many of us patzers (me!) had never really heard of the latest US champion! Wonderful series of books from this guy. Thanks, Lev, for all you have brought to chess, sir! And I always will hold Larry C. in the highest esteem as well. A nice trip down memory lane for this old woodpusher.
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  HeMateMe: I bought his 6 book series, years ago, including the 300 Essential positions book. Very readable stuff.

check out this terrific game, Kasparov swaps his Queen for two pieces and beats Alburt at the '82 Olympiad:

<Alburt vs Kasparov, 1982>

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  Breunor: Odd that white starts to go downhill (according to Stockfish) with the benign looking (at least to me!) 19 Rc1. Stockfish recommends 19 Ne2:

1) +0.65 (22 ply) 19...Ne6 20.Bxd4 exd4 21.Re1 Kg7 22.Ng3 Qd5 23.Nxf5+ Qxf5 24.Rxe6 Qxe6 25.Qxd4+ Qf6 26.Qxa7 Qxb2 27.Rf1 Qb4 28.Nb6 Qe4 29.Na4 Rc8 30.Qb6 Rc2 31.Qb5 Nc7 32.Qd7+ Kh6 33.Nb2 Rxb2 34.Qxc7 Rb1 35.Qc3 Rxf1+ 36.Kxf1 Qd5 37.f3 Qf5 38.Qe3+ g5 39.Qb3 Qxa5

After Rc1 we have:

1) -0.63 (24 ply) 19...Kg7 20.Bxd4 Qxd4 21.Qxd4 exd4 22.Nb5 Nb3 23.Nac7 Nxc1 24.Rxc1 d3 25.Nd6 d2 26.Nce8+ Rxe8 27.Nxe8+ Kf8 28.Rd1 Kxe8 29.Rxd2 Nb4 30.f3 Nc6 31.b4 Be6 32.Rb2 Bd5 33.Rd2 Bc4 34.Kf2 g5 35.Rb2 Kd7 36.Rd2+ Kc7

I suspect the key here is that the black bishop is pinned after Ne2, after Rc1 Kg7 the black queen on d8 is protected; ater Ne2 black plays Ne6 to protect d4.

Nov-13-18  Robyn Hode: Thanks for the engine analysis that anyone with an Internet connection can acquire. Based on your posts Breunor, the key position for you is
Nov-13-18  Andrew Chapman: Robyn, but Breunor commented intelligently on the computer evaluation, and also he pointed out when the engine assessment took a turn for the worse, which is of interest.
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