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Yuri Averbakh vs Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 12, Jan-29
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: I've had the chance to look at a number of Averbakh's games recently. He has a reputation of being a dull technician, but the man had a remarkable imagination and knew how to choreograph his pieces. This game features a remarkable, long-range, and powerfully quiet positional sacrifice.


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The game continued <28.Nxe5 dxe5 29.fxe5 Bxc1 30.Rxc1 Qxe5>. To keep his extra piece, Black has had to trade off the bishop that could have blockaded the central pawns--but still, they don't look upwardly mobile as yet.

So Averbakh "consents" to trades which get rid of more pieces that could possibly blockade the pawns until, after <42..Rxa3>

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they're ready to move.

But these are not caissons rolling along like thunder. No, they just sort of flit up the board, supported only by wisps of sham sacrifices. 46.e7! 49.d6! 51.Bd3! And then the game is gently over.

Jun-04-09  ughaibu: But surely Tolush was okay until 48....Kf6?
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  Phony Benoni: Hmm, that is embarrasing. I guess I don't understand Averbakh's games after all!
Dec-17-13  nummerzwei: While he ultimately lost, at move 32 Black is a piece up for almost nothing.

Earlier, he had the option of 27...gxf4 with the idea of Kh8-Rg8, retaining his attack.

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