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Yuri Averbakh vs Lev Polugaevsky
USSR Championship (1958), Riga URS, rd 6, Jan-??
Modern Defense: Averbakh System. Kotov Variation (A42)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: If 30...Rf8, then 31.Nf6 with mate in several moves.
Sep-10-16  zydeco: It looks like the first time that this line, with 7.g4!, was played, and it goes horribly for black.

11....a6 is definitely not a move I would play in this position, although it's a creative way to recover the lost pawn. Other players tried 11....f4 in this position, although it also scores terribly.

16...Nhxg3 may be more solid; at least it closes the g-file.

25...Ra8 is deeply weird but it's hard to suggest another move. If 25....Rg8 26.Nf5 with a commanding position: white threatens 27.Rxg8+ Kxg8 28.Ne7+; if 26...Rxg1 27.Rxg1 followed by 28.Nf6.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Some notes I wrote a while back, mostly based on Averbakh's own in Averbakh's Selected Games:

1.c4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.d5 Nce7 7.g4! [This takes advantage of Black’s unusual move order. Routine play might allow …f5 and …Nf6, where Black has gained two moves over a normal King’s Indian — normally Black must unblock the f pawn with Nf6-d7 then return to f6 after f5] 7…f5 [7…h5 8.g5 f5 9.f3 and Black is cramped on the K-side, while White’s usual play on the Q-side is unimpeded] 8.gxf5 gxf5 9.Qh5+ Kf8 10.Bh3! [To exchange the light-squared Bishops, because Black’s centre pawns are fixed on dark squares] 10…Nf6 11.Qf3 a6 12.exf5 Qe8 13.Nge2 Qh5 14.Qxh5 Nxh5 15.Bg5! Nxf5 [15…Bf6 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.f4! exf4 18.Rf1 And White stays a pawn up.] 16.Ng3! Nd4 [Neither Nxg3 was good. White straightens his pawn structure, swaps light-squared Bs, and has a fine square for his N on e4] 17.Bxc8 Rxc8 [17…Nxg3 18.fxg3 Nf3+ 19.Ke2 Nxg5 20.Raf1+ Ke7 21.h4! Nf7 22.Be6 Nd8 23.Bf5± but better for Black than the game] 18.Nxh5 Nf3+ 19.Ke2 Nxg5 20.Rag1 Bh6 21.h4 Nf7 22.Ne4 [this towering N provokes Black into desperate line opening, which hastens Black’s doom] 22…c6 23.Kd3 cxd5 [23…b5 does nothing but help White’s K penetrate 24.Nhg3! bxc4+ 25.Kxc4 cxd5+ 26.Kxd5 Rc2 27.Nf5 Rxb2 28.Rb1] 24.cxd5 Bf4 [24…Rg8 was the only chance] 25.Ng7 Ra8 [25…Rg8 26.Nf5 Rxg1 27.Rxg1 Rd8 (27…h6 28.Rg8+ Kxg8 29.Ne7+ Kf8 30.Nxc8 winning the d-pawn with an easy win because of Black’s hopeless bishop) 28.Nf6 Nh6 29.Nxh6 Bxh6 30.Rg8+ Ke7 31.Rxd8 Kxd8 32.Nxh7±] 26.Nf5 Rd8 27.Rg4! Rg8 [27…Nh6 28.Rxf4] 28.Rxg8+ Kxg8 29.Rg1+ Kh8 30.Rg7 [White mates after 30… Nh6, 31 Nf6] 1-0

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