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Yuri Averbakh vs Laszlo Szabo
Budapest-Moscow (1949), Budapest HUN, rd 5, Mar-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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Jun-08-15  zydeco: Good tough win by Averbakh, annotated in his Selected Games.

White won the battle of the opening and, according to Averbakh, black was right to sacrifice a pawn with 19....b4.

Averbakh suggests 21.....Nd7 and 22.....Bb5 as improvements for black.

Szabo set a large number of traps in the endgame. 32.Ne2 could have been met by 32....Bxe2 33.Qxa4 Nxg4+.

39.Na5 would have run into 39.....Bxa5 40.bxa5 Rxa5 41.Bd2 Qa7! 42.Bxa5 Qxf2+.

If 42.Nxd8 Qxd8 43.Bb6 black has 43....Qb8! 44.Bxc7 Qxc7 45.Nxb5 Qb6 46.Na3 Qxf2+ 47.Kh1 h5 48.g5 Qe2.

47.Bxd4 Qxb4 48.Bxe5+ dxe5 would have given black chances.

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  woldsmandriffield: 32 Ne2 would have been a stronger move since the ‘refutation’ 32..Bxe2 33 Qxa4 Nxg4+ fails to impress: 34 hxg4 Qxg4 35 f3 +-

Szabo could have prefaced ..Bd8 with 33..Ra2. After 33..Bd8 Karpov would surely have played 34 Nb1!

39 Nc3 was natural and good but 39 Na5 virtually wins on the spot: 39..Bxa5 40 bxa5 Rxa5 41 Nc3 Nc7 42 f4!

41 Nc6 was a nice move. White could keep the tension with 44 g5 when Black is kippered.

At the end 49 b6 is decisive but the most elegant finish is 49 Bh6+!

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