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Joel Benjamin vs Lev Alburt
USA-ch / Zonal (1984), Berkeley, CA USA, rd 15, Jul-??
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Modern Variation (A57)  ·  0-1



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Aug-08-07  Where is my mind: Found this though the guess-the-move.What a confusing game,I like playing the Benko but if this was the first example that I'd seen I would never have attempted to learn it.9...e6 is a good move,it would be easy to play 9...g6 which leads to a lot of trouble.Why play 15...Ra6,it seems to work...don't know why.
Mar-08-08  mistreaver: I wonder what was that 30 Rxg7 then resgination? But obviously black is better from the beginning. I don'0t understand why e3 and then nc3 why not immediately nc3 and also 10. e4 seems like blunder althought the position already looks bad for white
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  GlassCow: Doesn't 15 Nxe6 pretty much put Benjamin in the driver's seat and Alburt in a world of hurt? Am I missing something obvious?
Mar-08-08  mistreaver: i think Alburt would answer 15 Nxe6 with 15... Kf7 when black is material up
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  GlassCow: It is true that black is up material mistreaver, but after Ng5+, Kf6 is forced (Kg8 results in Bc4+ or Qc4+ with mate in 1, Kg6 results in Qe8+ with big problems for black) N1h3 threatens a devastating check Bc3+, and I don't see how Alburt is going to untangle himself out of this mess.
Mar-08-08  mistreaver: Maybe he would answer 15 Nxe6 with Bc6
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: 15. Nxe6 Be4! and Black should win.
Aug-21-15  RookFile: Nice game. Alburt had great confidence in his calculating abilities here.
Nov-03-15  Howard: Alburt was a big Benko buff back in the day.

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