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Lev Alburt
Number of games in database: 886
Years covered: 1965 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2539 (2526 rapid, 2521 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +326 -231 =318 (55.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 11 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (104) 
    A45 E00 A46 A40 A41
 King's Indian (52) 
    E73 E75 E91 E74 E92
 Catalan (42) 
    E06 E04 E02 E01 E09
 Modern Benoni (30) 
    A62 A70 A63 A57 A56
 English (23) 
    A15 A10 A13 A16 A14
 Slav (21) 
    D11 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (161) 
    B04 B05 B02 B03
 Modern Benoni (67) 
    A57 A58 A59 A56 A75
 Benko Gambit (62) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A46 E10 A45 D02 A41
 English, 1 c4 c5 (43) 
    A34 A35 A30 A32 A31
 English (34) 
    A15 A14 A16 A13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hort vs Alburt, 1977 0-1
   Dlugy vs Alburt, 1990 0-1
   Alburt vs N Weinstein, 1984 1-0
   Kupreichik vs Alburt, 1974 0-1
   A Kuindzhy vs Alburt, 1974 0-1
   Alburt vs K Lerner, 1978 1-0
   Tseshkovsky vs Alburt, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Alburt vs T Georgadze, 1971 1/2-1/2
   Gufeld vs Alburt, 1972 0-1
   Sveshnikov vs Alburt, 1978 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   USSR Championship (1974)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   US Championship (1991)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   USSR Championship (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   FAVORITE PLAYERS by gambitfan
   USSR Championship 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings (1980/81) by Chessical
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1980 by suenteus po 147
   benko gambit by jrofrano

   🏆 Platonov Memorial
   Kaidanov vs Alburt (Aug-01-12) 1-0
   Alburt vs M Gurevich (Jul-31-12) 1/2-1/2
   Alburt vs Gulko (Jul-29-12) 0-1
   Alburt vs Palatnik (Jul-28-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-21-1945, 74 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Lev Osipovich Alburt was born in Orenburg, Russia (formerly USSR). Awarded the IM title in 1976 and the GM title in 1977, he won the Ukrainian Championship in 1972, 1973 and 1974. He played in five USSR Championships. with 3rd place as his best showing.

In 1979 he defected to the USA and led the US Olympiad team in 1980 at Malta. He also won the US Championship in 1984, 1985, and 1990 He also drew an eight game match against then British Champion Jonathan Speelman in 1986. He won the US Open in 1987 and 1989.

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 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 886  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alburt vs Byvshev 1-0361965Moscow URSC45 Scotch Game
2. Alburt vs Polugaevsky 1-0401966MoscowA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Volovich vs Alburt 1-0431966MoscowD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
4. Taimanov vs Alburt 1-0271966MoscowD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. A A Bykhovsky vs Alburt  1-0471966MoscowB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
6. A Z Kapengut vs Alburt  1-0291967Ch URS (students)C70 Ruy Lopez
7. Alburt vs Sosonko  ½-½451967USSR ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
8. Alburt vs V Osnos  1-0401967USSR ChampionshipA21 English
9. Y Shilov vs Alburt  ½-½601967USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. A Shamis-Pavlov vs Alburt  0-1631967USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. I Platonov vs Alburt  1-0411967USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
12. R Barstatis vs Alburt 1-0251967USSR ChampionshipB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Y Sakharov vs Alburt  0-1221967USSR ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. Alburt vs Vasiukov 0-1311967USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. Sveshnikov vs Alburt  ½-½611968Ch URS (students)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Dzindzichashvili vs Alburt  1-0251968URS-ch U26B40 Sicilian
17. Alburt vs Viktor Gurevich  ½-½401969URS-ch Young MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Schulz vs Alburt 1-0181969URSC41 Philidor Defense
19. Alburt vs I Radashkovich  1-0281969URS-ch Young MastersC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. Kupreichik vs Alburt  0-1801969URS-ch Young MastersC02 French, Advance
21. Alburt vs E Ubilava  1-0461969URS-ch Young MastersB06 Robatsch
22. Alburt vs I Radashkovich 1-0291970URS-ch U18C45 Scotch Game
23. Razuvaev vs Alburt  0-1421970URS-ch U18E13 Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line
24. Alburt vs Lutikov  1-0391970URS Cup qfD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
25. Alburt vs M Ruderfer 0-1181970URS CupB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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  whiteshark: "The older the player, the greater the odds his idol is <Lasker>!"

~ Lev Alburt

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

"Nothing is dearer to a chess player's heart than his rating. Well, of course everyone knows he's under-rated, but his rating, its ups and downs, however miniscule, are his ego's stock-market report."

~ Lev Alburt

and FIDE's rating lists are like the quarterly financial presentations.

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  GrahamClayton: "In the Soviet Union, chess is supported by the government, and since Stalin's time they have used victories in international chess tournaments to propagandize the notion that the very best minds flourish under the Communist system. They will go to great lengths to get the most from their players. For example, sometimes during my matches I was wired and tested for blood pressure, heart rate, galvanic skin response, and other things. I was given amphetamines and tranquilizers on the day of important tournaments."

Lev Alburt, quoted in Fred Waitzkin's article "Waiting for Bobby", New York Magazine, 11 June 1984, p. 33.

Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 67th Birthday, GM Alburt!


Aug-10-13  another user: Alburt has just defeated Kosteniuk in the third round of the Razuvaev Memorial.

Aug-21-13  talisman: happy birthday champ!
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" Karpov knew he could hardly draw a game with Fischer, never mind winning one or two games. His only chance was to disrupt the match. So a whole arsenal of tricks was worked out, designed to upset the sensitive American, unaccustomed to such methods."

-- Lev Alburt


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  HeMateMe: He's half right. There was no way the Soviet contingent was going to allow Karpov to be pushed around the way Spassky had been handled. I'm assuming "dirty tricks" meant blocking irritating things that Fischer would do, like asking for the entire audience to check their wristwatches at the front door, because "I can hear them ticking".

A match with Bob and Tolya would have been a close affair. Lev Alburt isn't as strong as either of them, so his word must be taken with a grain of salt. being a defector, he may have disliked communist party member Karpov, and all of the advantages the soviet hierarchy gave the young champion.

Alburt is a Ukrainian and that is one more reason for his not liking an ethnic Russian too much. Ukraine was subjugated into the USSR against their wishes.

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  Penguincw: < whiteshark: Quote of the Day " Karpov knew he could hardly draw a game with Fischer, ... >

So Fischer probably should've played anyway, since he would've won.

Oct-10-13  Monoceros: Whenever I see crap excuses like this for Fischer's churling behavior I have to think, it's not just that Fischer was dodging Karpov, it's that he was dodging playing <anyone at all.>

I don't think it was fear, though. I think it was that Fischer, having won the highest honor in chess, immediately stopped giving a curse. What more, in his narrow mind, was there to prove?

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  offramp: Hey kids!! Why don't we put on a Fischer-Karpov argument right here!!?
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  perfidious: I think Jessica Biel is the greatest. Period.
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  HeMateMe: Check out this cheesy book cover with a blonde babe, Lev Alburt's 300 Positions (He's talking about chess positions, not something else.) I have this book, pretty good.


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  TheFocus: <Nothing is dearer to a chess player’s heart than his rating. Well, of course everyone knows he’s under-rated, but his rating, its ups and downs, however miniscule, are his ego’s stock-market report> - Lev Alburt.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 3-time US Chess Championship champ GM Lev Alburt! I called him today to wish him a happy birthday & apparently he was busy b/c I only talked w/ him for a few minutes. He thanked me, said a little more & that was about it. I talked w/ him a pretty good while about a month & a half ago or so about his books, Browne passing away & chess in general. He's a nice guy & I plan to buy the comprehensive chess course from him soon for a discounted rate. I'm also going to get him to autograph some of those books! 😎 He's a true chess legend here in the US!
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  HeMateMe: I bought his 6 book course about 20 years ago. I thought it was pretty good as a starter set.

What is he doing these days? nine to five job, or just living off book royalties, maybe teaching?

Aug-21-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster. Many more to you, sir. Thanks for all you have done for all chessplayers.
Sep-24-17  Bruce Graham: Lev is a "Wall Street secret":
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  offramp: <whiteshark: "The older the player, the greater the odds his idol is <Lasker>!" ~ Lev Alburt>

"The shorter the odds..." is what I think he meant.

Sep-25-17  zanzibar: <<offramp> "The shorter the odds..." is what I think he meant.>

Is this another British/American dichotomy?

Sep-25-17  Retireborn: <z> In UK, short odds = betting on the favourite, long odds = betting on an outsider. No idea if Americans (or Russians!) use phrases like that. Alburt's use of "greater the odds" to mean "more likely" is perfectly comprehensible to Brits though, or at least to me. It's one of those odd things, I suppose :)
Sep-25-17  zanzibar: <RB> we use the same betting terminology at the track (or elsewhere), although we might tend to say "long shot" instead of "long odds".

But the idiomatic "greater the odds" usage you point out is rather common over here, and so I was wondering about the usage in Britain.

I think, in general, the "odds" refers to the probability the supposition in the statement is true, and so we'd tend to say "the greater the odds against" for the negative.

Sep-25-17  Granny O Doul: A more serious problem is his misspelling of "minuscule". Also, "near to his heart", regarding one's rating, is a better choice than "dear to", because the former implies simply that it matters a lot, while the latter suggests that one actually loves it, which to most players is the case only while it is high.
Sep-25-17  Retireborn: <z> Yes, I think that is pretty much the case here too, when talking about probabilities.

My favourite use of the word is in brave Horatius facing fearful odds, though.

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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "Nothing is dearer to a chess player's heart than his rating. Well, of course everyone knows he's under-rated, but his rating, its ups and downs, however miniscule, are his ego's stock-market report." >

- Lev Alburt

And just the other day there was a quote from Kramnik saying, when you're world champ, you don't care about ratings.

Makes sense. Every player except the world champ will care about their rating. Though Alburt may have said this a long time ago, when times were different.

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