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Roman Izrailevich Levit vs Julio Bolbochan
92nd US Open (1991), Los Angeles, CA USA, rd 5, Aug-01
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  0-1


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Dec-23-10  ozmikey: I wonder if 26...Nxg3 is sound or not? Certainly leads to one of those positions where White is one small mistake away from complete disaster, so in a practical setting I suppose it's worth it!
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  Fusilli: <ozmikey> I agree. It's a "go fish" kind of situation. And, worst case scenario, Black has three pawns for the piece and the White king is exposed.
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  Phony Benoni: I attribute the loss to Levit's youth and inexperience. He was only 67 at the time of the game; GM Julio Bolbochan was 71.
Dec-24-10  ozmikey: <Phony Benoni> Ha! Nice one.
Sep-25-13  jerseybob: ozmikey: 26..Ng3 looks sound to me, but going back just half a turn, what's wrong with 26.Nd5? And by the way, not to be chauvinistic or anything, but this and several of these 1991 games are from the U.S.Open, not Italian.
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  Phony Benoni: <jerseybob> <it> is often used as an abreviation for "International Tournament" when the exact event name is not known. The actual nature of the event does not matter.
Jan-18-14  jerseybob: Phony: Then to be exact shouldn't the abbreviation read "IT", with both letters in caps? Or are all those old-fashioned "pen and paper" grammar rules out the window in webland?
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  Phony Benoni: <jerseybob> Those who first input the games into a computer may not have been English-speakers at all. Their source information probably had just "Los Angeles". The "Event" field was required in PGN, so instead of wasting time in research they simply used "it" as a default. As I recall, this was the early practice in "Informant"

Since games in databases are simply dumped from one to another with little correction, the practice persists.

Of course, it's easy for us to say they should have used some higher standards. But at the time there were no such standards, just a rush to digitize as many games as possible quickly.

Jan-20-14  jerseybob: Phony: Thanks for that, and for whatever part you play in making these games available. I'm not sitting here with a giant red pencil waiting to swoop down on mistakes. I just want to understand what I'm reading.
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  perfidious: <PB: I attribute the loss to Levit's youth and inexperience. He was only 67 at the time of the game; GM Julio Bolbochan was 71.>

The result here is apparently retribution for what went in the well-known encounter D van Foreest vs J Mieses, 1949, which resulted in triumph for the 'young' player Mieses.

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