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Nigel Short vs Lev Alburt
UK-USA Match (1985), Foxboro, MA USA, rd 3, Jan-??
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0



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Oct-22-08  newzild: Looks like Short missed 39...Nd6!, which messed up the game real good.

On the other hand, maybe he saw 39...Nd6! but allowed it anyway, since the only way to avoid it is to play the horribly passive 39.Ra5.

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  keypusher: 39....Nd6 was a nice shot. But it looks to me like Black was as dead after the move as he was before the move.
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  keypusher: I checked with Shredder -- 40. Ra7 is a clearer refutation of 39....Nd6 (which is itself weaker than 39...Rdg8) than 40. Rxd8. But Black is lost in any event.
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  offramp: A really cracking up-and-down game which is quite a good advert for the Alekhine's Defence (although black lost). White does indeed build up a big central pawn-chain; black sits back and waits. 22...Bf8

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Short wins two pawns, but then Alburt's counterattack starts with 34...Qh4.

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This is really dangerous!
Short advances his a-pawn as a distraction but Albert presses on. In this position -

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..he plays 39...Nd6!

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Quite a shot just before the time control. Black's rook on d8 is protected by the queen.

A critical moment comes a few moves later, after 42...Ng5.

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White's queen is attacked. It turns out that only one square is safe - the one Short chose.

After 48...Qxe5 white's mighty pawns have been decimated:

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This is what we were taught that The Alekhine's is all about. But it is too expensive a victory, by move 57 white has his own raging attack and this is the last one of the game:

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Very well played by both players!

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  keypusher: <A really cracking up-and-down game which is quite a good advert for the Alekhine's Defence>

Only among autoasphyxiators.

Incidentally, 42.Nc3 was a blunder, allowing 42....Qh4! (threatening ...Ng5, ...f3, and ...Rg2) 43.Nxe4 fxe4 44.Qxe4 Qh3 45.Rg1 Rxg1+ 46.Kxg1 Qg4+ 47.Kf1 Qd1+ 48.Qe1 Qf3=.

Instead 42.a6 bxa6 43.b7 Qb8 44.Qh3 (threatening f2-f3) would have with a bare bodkin Black's quietus made.

Oct-15-18  Chessonly: Learn Plans and Ideas for both side,

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