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Alexander Tolush vs Vladimir Alatortsev
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 8, Nov-22
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Accepted (C31)  ·  1-0



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Dec-08-03  Resignation Trap: How not to play the Falkbeer! 3...Qxd5 is inferior to the usual 3...e4.

4...Qe6 is also weak. 4...Qa5 5. fxe5 Nc6 6. d4 Bb4 gives Black some counterplay.

Now, if you like the sight of blood, watch closely!

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  Benzol: Alatortsev's opening play needs a lot to be desired in this one. After his third and fourth moves it's an uphill struggle on a slippery slope.
Apr-15-13  Poisonpawns: 3..exf4! is the modern treatment and black equalizes easily.
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  perfidious: <Poisonpawns: 3..exf4! is the modern treatment and black equalizes easily.>

A sound alternative is 3....c6 4.Nc3 exf4.

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  Sebastian88: The game is also the 12 .. cxd over. In the book from J. Majzelis and M. Judowicz (Warsaw 1954) is a analyse of this variation: 12...cxd5 13.Nb5 Bxf4+ 14.Nxf4 Qc6 15.Rhe1+ Kd8 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Qxd5+ Qxd5 18.Rxd5+ Kc8 19.Re7
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  louispaulsen88888888: First, give the guy a break. It’s 1948. Opening theory has advanced quite a bit since then. Secondly, it doesn’t look that bad for black. White would have only a minimal advantage after 10...B-K2 instead of BxB, just helping White develop.
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  Messiah: "à la Tortsev"
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  kingscrusher: Spassky's "sensei" with the King's Gambit

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