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Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush vs Yuri Averbakh
USSR Championship (1950), Moscow URS, rd 3, Nov-15
Catalan Opening: General (E00)  ·  1-0


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Sep-13-10  LIFE Master AJ: This is the VERY FIRST game in the "BOGO-CAT."
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  Eric Schiller: Not even close, off by over a decade:

[Event "International Tournament"]
[Site "Ljubljana (Slovenia)"]
[Date "1938"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Brueder M"]
[Black "Tartakower Savielly (FRA)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "E00"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Nbxd2 b6 7.Bg2 O-O 8.O-O Bb7 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Rc1 Nbd7 11.Qa4 Re8 12.Rfe1 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.b4 c4 15.Nd4 Qb6 16.N2f3 g5 17.Red1 g4 18.Nh4 Ne5 19.Qc2 Ng6 20.Nhf5 Bc8 21.Qd2 Re5 22.Ne3 Rb8 23.Rb1 Bd7 24.b5 Rc8 25.Qc3 Qc5 26.a4 h5 27.a5 Ne4 28.Bxe4 Rxe4 29.b6 axb6 30.axb6 Ree8 31.Ndf5 Bxf5 32.Nxf5 Re5 33.Nd4 Rb8 34.Rb5 Qc8 35.Qb4 Qd7 36.b7 Ne7 37.Rb6 Rg5 38.Ra1 Kh7 39.Ra8 Rgg8 40.Rxb8 Rxb8 41.Qc5 Rxb7 42.Rxb7 Qxb7 43.Kg2 Qd7 44.Kf1 Kg6 45.Qb6+ Kg7 46.Qc5 f6 47.Ke1 Kf7 48.Kd2 Nf5 49.e4 dxe4 50.Qxc4+ Kg7 51.Qc7 Qxc7 52.Ne6+ Kg6 53.Nxc7 h4 54.Ne6 h3 55.Nc5 Nd4 56.Nxe4 Nf3+ 57.Ke2 Nxh2 58.Nd2 Nf3 0-1

Sep-13-10  LIFE Master AJ: Well ... I don't know what your source was, I was going by both here and the ChessBase database.

You left "source" blank, any reason for this?

Sep-13-10  LIFE Master AJ: You should also submit this game to CG.
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  Eric Schiller: The source would be the Chess Assistant hugebase,which makes up about 95% of my database.
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  twinlark: Thanks for drawing attention to this game, guys, it's an interesting one in its own right.
May-29-15  zydeco: I imagine that Averbakh felt pretty good about things after 20....Rxf4: he has two pawns for the piece; white's kingside looks very vulnerable; and both ....Bxh4 and ....d4 are threats. It's surprising how toothless black's attack turns out to be.

I suspect black should play 21....Bxh4 immediately. 21....Rd8 looks natural, driving white's c3 knight further out of the action, but white has a surprising defensive resource - bringing the queen to the queenside with tempo and freeing the e-pawn to push back black's attacking pieces with 24.e3 and 25.e4.

I was curious about what happens if black plays 31....d4, but I think white is able to take advantage of black's queenside weaknesses with something like 32.Qa6.

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