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Yuri Averbakh vs Yakov Estrin
Moscow-ch (1964), Moscow URS, Aug-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1-0


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  Jonathan Sarfati: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 5.Bg5 dxc4 [the very sharp Vienna variation] 6.e4 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qc7 [Estrin was an IM at OTB, a correspondence GM, and later (1972-5) the World Correspondence Champion. His knowledge of opening theory was phenomenal, but Averbakh was suspicious of allowing White such a big lead in development. 18 years earlier he had found a huge hole in Estrin’s analysis, but Averbakh played slowly so he wouldn’t alert his opponent to the pit in front of him …] 9.Qb3! Bxc3+ 10.Qxc3 Nxe4 11.Nb5! Qc5 [Estrin just stopped analysing here, thinking White had to answer the threat to f2] 12.Qxg7! Rf8 13.Bh6 Qxf2+ [Black couldn’t resist this any longer. Averbakh says that his best chance was giving up the Q by 13…Nd7 14.0-0 Qxc4 15.a4! a6 16.Rac1 axb5 17.Rxc4 bxc4 but 18.Qd4! is a killer with Black’s undeveloped and disjointed pieces] 14.Kd1 Nd7 15.Re1! [Black’s big threat turns out to be bluff, but Black’s K is in mortal danger] 15…Nef6 [15…Nec5 16.Be3 Qh4 17.Nd6+ Ke7 18.Bg5+] 16.Bxe6! Qxb2 17.Rc1 [Black cannot avoid mate after 18.Bxd7+ Kxd7 19.Rc7+] 1-0

Notes based on the winner's in Averbakh's Selected Games.

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