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Lev Alburt vs Ulf Andersson
Hastings (1980/81), Hastings ENG, rd 12, Jan-11
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  0-1



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  Mateo: This was a very interesting game. Andersson made one of his famous offers of the exchange. To appreciate his play, please notice the logical linking of his moves, from move 27 until the end. This is chess at the top.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.Qa4 Bd7 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qd3 Rc8 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Nc3 b4 12.Nb5 O-O 13.Nd6 Nd4 14.Bf4 <14.Nc8? Bb5 15.Qb1 Ne2 16.Kh1 Bd3 > Nd5 15.Ng5 <they were playing the same line than Balashov against Ljubojevic, two months earlier. White played 15.Be5 and lost too. 15.Nc8? Bb5 > g6 16.Nge4 Nxf4 17.gxf4 Bb6! 18.Nxc8 Bb5 19.Qh3?! <19.Qd2 Ne2 20.Kh1 Qc8 21.Qb4 is a key variation. White won the exchange, but White's kingside is broken. Black may have some compensation> Nxe2+ 20.Kh1 Qxc8 <the difference is that now Black has a pawn for the exchange> 21.Qh6 <mate in two in view with 22.Nf6> f6 <21...f5 avoiding White's next move should be considered> 22.f5! exf5 23.Nd6 Qc5 24.Nxb5 Qxb5 25.Rad1 <the threat is 26.Bd5> Nd4 <avoiding this check. But not 25...Bd4? 26.Rfe1 Bc5 27.Bf3 > 26.Rfe1 <with the idea 26.Re7> Qd7 <impeding the Rook on the e file to invade the 7th rank> 27.Rd3 Rd8 28.a3 bxa3 29.bxa3 Qf7 <protecting the f6 pawn in order to push the g pawn> 30.Red1 g5 31.Rc1 f4 32.Rcd1 Qe7 33.Qh5 Kg7 34.h4 h6 35.hxg5 fxg5 36.a4 Qf6 <in order to free the Rook> 37.Be4 Rd7 <to go on the e file> 38.Rc1 Re7 39.f3? <a blunder, maybe in zeitnot, but Black was much better> Ne2 <wins as Black threatens 40...Nc1 and 40...Ng3> 40.Rg1 Bxg1 41.Kg2 Ng3 0-1

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  keypusher: By the way, <mateo>, thanks for all the fine annotations you post. It's also great when you're present for a live game. Andersson must be one of your favorite players!
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  Mateo: <keypusher> Thanks for your kind comment. You are right about the swedish Capablanca. About my annotations, the greatest pleasure for me is when another kibitzer shows me an improvement (at least, a serious and careful improvement)!
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