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Lev Alburt vs James A Rizzitano
"We're So Sorry Uncle Alburt" (game of the day Mar-23-2017)
New York Open (1984), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Apr-22
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh Variation. Flexible Defense (E73)  ·  0-1



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  perfidious: In E Magerramov vs Chiburdanidze, 1980, White played the safer 13.f3, not allowing 13....Ncxe4, which had already been seen in the game I Farago vs Uhlmann, 1975, with equally unpleasant consequences.
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  lunchwithgina: The cleanest win I see after 33. Qh6 is 34...Qb4 followed by 35. Kd1 Qd3 or 35. Ke3 Re8. An impressive win by Rizzitano even if Alburt walked into a known trap, as Alburt was the U.S. champion in 1984 and at the top of his game.
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  perfidious: This last-round smash is one I well remember watching with interest, though I was not au courant with the theory on the Averbakh--not sure I ever got to ask Rizzitano about this big win, even afterwards.

While Jim had already been 2500+ USCF for two-three years, this was a shock; Tim Taylor annotated the game in <Chess Life>, noting his surprise at this connoisseur of the Averbakh getting caught out in such a pitfall.

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  lunchwithgina: Thank you <perfidious> for that extra bit of information. I tried to find Taylor's annotations for this game, but came up empty. The USCF does have an online archive of past issues of <Chess Life>, but it only goes back to 2014.
Mar-23-17  ajile: <lunchwithgina: The cleanest win I see after 33. Qh6 is 34...Qb4 followed by 35. Kd1 Qd3 or 35. Ke3 Re8.>

I think you mean 33..Qb5+ after which Black has a forced mate in 8.

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Mar-23-17  The Kings Domain: Black's relentless attack is exciting, barely giving white time to breathe.
Mar-23-17  Abdel Irada: ∞

<perfidious: In E Magerramov vs Chiburdanidze, 1980, White played the safer 13.f3....>

That would have been my first choice, although it can make development of the king's knight less than smooth.

Also worth considering is 13. Bxc5, giving up the two bishops for a passed pawn, although I don't think this particular passed pawn is very formidable.

As for the text, 13. b4?! seems to have turned out to be an ill-timed provocation.

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  HeMateMe: "...but we haven't done a BLOODY thing all day..."
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada>, several weeks after this game, I did not allow my less than thorough preparation to deter me from actually playing the Averbakh for the first time, in another last-round game, this at Billerica, Massachusetts.

In the tournament in Billerica, Rizzitano inflicted my only loss, which was also the sole loss in three career games as White vs Jim, in a QGD Chigorin.

Mar-23-17  JohnBoy: <perf> - or anyone else - can you please explain to me the point of 16...a5? it ws also played in the Uhlmann win. Thanks in advance.
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  perfidious: <JohnBoy>, not sure myself, and I do not recall whether Taylor addressed the move in his annotations for <Chess Life> at the time.

While I was watching this game, there were many others, such as K Shirazi vs Seirawan, 1984, which was played on a nearby board, featuring plenty of action.

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  mjmorri: Recycled pun: Alburt vs J Yuchtman, 1980
Mar-23-17  frdmchd: I am just learning the game so forgive me if my questions seems elementary. What is the trap Alburt walked into?
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  OhioChessFan: <frdm> that is hardly an elementary level question. In any event, 13. b4 is considered inferior.
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  perfidious: <frdmchd: I am just learning the game so forgive me if my questions seems elementary. What is the trap Alburt walked into?>

The punishment of 13.b4 was not at all easy to see, and Uhlmann, originally annotating the game I Farago vs Uhlmann, 1975 in <Schach>, termed the move 'Too casual', proposing instead 13.f3.

<JohnBoy> had put a question to the forum today, asking why Rizzitano played 16....a5; Uhlmann gives the move as 'more precise' than 16....Qe7 in his annotations, the idea being 'to deny White the use of c5 after a later ....Nxe3'.

<British Chess Magazine>, May 1976, pp 214-215.

Mar-25-17  JohnBoy: Thanks, <perf>!

Such precision marks the difference between the master and (at least) this hack.

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  perfidious: <JohnBoy>, no doubt there was what sometimes seemed an insurmountable difference between top players and guys like us, who were not bad at all.

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