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Alexander Kotov vs Yuri Averbakh
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 7, Nov-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: The result should be 0-1. 48.Bf1 Nh3+ with mate in the next move.
Sep-13-05  Resignation Trap: After White's 45th move, Averbakh wrote: "Here I could not restrain myself and I declared: 'It is mate in five moves!' After signing the scoresheet, my opponent commented sarcastically: 'You and your mate! There was a much simpler one, without any tricks and in three moves!' Indeed - 45...Nf2+ 46. Kg2 f3+ 47. Kf1 Qe1#. After this episode, I never again announced mate aloud!"

Jun-08-15  zydeco: Kotov misfired with the idea 12.Bg5. "In such positions, the bishop exchange eases black's defense," notes Averbakh. Kotov intended to sacrifice a pawn with 15.f4 but decided he didn't have enough compensation for it -- and backed out with 15.Rc1, ceding the initiative to black.
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  plang: 10 Qe2 had been played in the draw Konstantinopolsky-Bondarevsky 1945 USSR Ch.; 10 e4 was new. After 19..c4 Black had obtained a "good knight-bad bishop" position. 24 Bb5 worked out poorly as after 27 c4 the bishop was shut out of play. Black did not fall for 27..a6 28 bc6..Qxc6? 29 dxc..Rxd2 30 c7 and wins. A pretty example of the smothered mate theme is 31 axb..Qxb6 32 Kh1..Nd3! 33 c5..Rxe1+ 34 Rxe1..Qxc5 and wins. Averbakh termed 35 Rde1 the decisive error recommending 35 axb instead. If 36 Qf2 then 36..Re4 37 Rxe4..Nxe4 and there is no defense to ..38..Qd4 (had White first played axb then Qxb6 would have been playable).

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