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Lev Alburt vs Jacob Yuchtman
"We're So Sorry, Uncle Alburt" (game of the day Dec-27-2012)
New York Open (1980)
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation. English Hybrid (E20)  ·  0-1


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Jun-29-11  Jacob50: the most notable game of yuchtman's career!
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  FSR: I'm so sorry, Uncle Alburt.
Dec-27-12  UnsoundHero: I don't like the plan 21 Rc4 & 22 Rh4. The rook looks misplaced. Black can exploit the Rh4 more so than White can attack Black's King with it.
Dec-27-12  erimiro1: <UnsoundHero> Agreed. An error that lost the game. Now I'm going to listen to Paul Mccartney on YouTube. Guess why?
Dec-27-12  Kikoman: Two Rooks unsound sac? :O
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  morfishine: One of my favorite all-time players, here's another Yuchtman treat: V Osnos vs J Yuchtman, 1969
Dec-27-12  King Sacrificer: This is a top-class finishing. I never noticed the mate threat.
Dec-27-12  wabal: na5 also displaces the knight, and the ammount of unnecesary queen and rook moves is amazing.
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  Once: This seems to be a case of a strong player taking liberties against someone he does not consider to be a threat ... and then getting bitten for it.

I totally agree with <UnsoundHero> and <erimiro1>. The idea of Rc4 and Rh4 doesn't seem convincing. One rook on its own isn't going to make much of a dent on a safely castled king. And it doesn't seem as if white can bring many other troops from reserve to make the attack any more convincing.

Two exchange sacs in one game? That would be impressive if it was intentional and the sacker won, but depressing if forced into it and the sackee was the victor (as here). Another great scalp for Yuchtman but one I suspect that Lev will want to forget.

Having said that, if Alburt treated his opponent with respect and played classically I expect he would have won 9 times out of ten.

Dec-27-12  erniecohen: I'm not sure why Alburt wouldn't consider Yuchtman a threat. After all, he did beat Tal, Averbakh, Huebner, Krogius, and Shamkovich. Not to mention drawing many GMs in USSR championships.
Dec-27-12  Abdel Irada: Although much of White's opening play seems a bit loose, the first really questionable move I see is 22. Rh4. Until then, he may be slightly worse thanks to the weak c-pawn and the misplaced bishop on e3, but afterward the position quickly becomes unsalvageable.
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  Castleinthesky: How about the Yuck's on you? I'm actually a big fan of Alburt and have found his books to be useful, especially the one on endgames. Based on the time this game was played, I would bet Alburt and Yuchtman were friends. Alburt had defected from the Soviet Union less than three years prior. Yuchtman was also from the Soviet Union and died just five years later as a US citizen.

In any event, this game is a good example that not all sacrifices are sound.

Dec-27-12  thendcomes: In case anyone was wondering about the pun:

Dec-27-12  master of defence: 48...Rf1+ is mate is 2, but in a real game i should will play 48...Qxd2, that wins faster too.
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  Robed.Bishop: MOD: I'm unclear on your post. 49...Rf1+ is mate in one, 50. Kxf1, Qh1#.

If 48...Qxd2, then 50. Qxd2. How does this win for black?

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  doubledrooks: Great pun.
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  RandomVisitor: After 15...Rd8:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.39] d=21 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Ba5 Re8 18.Qd6 Qe6 19.Qxe6 Rxe6 20.Rfd1 Nf8 21.Bc3 Ba6 22.Kf1 f6 23.Na5 Bb5 24.Rb1 Re7 25.Rd6 Rc7 26.Rb4

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  RandomVisitor: Muhahahahahaha.

Mr. Yucht is mean
Mr. Yucht is green

Home is full of lots of things that children shouldn't touch. Home is full of bad things that can hurt you very much

Now there's a man whose face is green that you ought to get to know He'll warn you when dangers coming fast or slow
Get to know his face
In every single place
When you see it you'll know quick
Things marked yucht make you sick
Sick sick sick
Sick sick sick

Mr. Yucht is mean
Mr. Yucht is green


Dec-28-12  Abdel Irada: Ah. The Mr. Yuk Song retooled. :-D
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  kevin86: Mate next move!
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