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Reuben Fine vs Alexander Kevitz
US Championship (1936), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Apr-29
Budapest Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A52)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-03-17  Retireborn: A game which I discovered via one of Averbakh's endgame books. I am not sure of the current theoretical status of this gambit, but Kevitz achieves a fine(!) position with aggressive play.

My instinct would be to play 16...Bf5 17.f3 Nc5 18.0-0 Ne6 19.Qd2 Nxf4 20.exf4 Qf7 with equality. White should probably avoid 16...Bf5 17.g4 Bg6 18.h4 c5 19.Qd5+ Kh8 20.h5 Nxc3 21.Qd2 Nxe2 22.Qxe2 Bd3! 23.Qxd3 Rxf4 when he is likely to lose a pawn on the K-side.

Instead Kevitz hits on a plan with 16...Bb7, 17...c5 and 18...g5 which gives him active play, and by move 32 a drawish bishop endgame is reached.

Then Black is in too much of a hurry to play ...d5-d4 and Fine misses chances to set an advantage with 38.f4 or 42.f4. When he does play f4 it's a mistake; Houdini reckons that 44.Ka4 would have won for him then. If Black replies 44...Bf5 45.Bxf5 Kxf5 then 46.c5! is the only move to win (not 46.Kxa5 gxf3 47.gxf3 d3 and Black wins.)

After 45...Ke6! the position is equal again, as White has to give up his bishop to play Ka4-a5, and Kevitz plays very precisely to hold the draw.

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