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Gennady Kuzmin vs Lev Alburt
URS-ch Young Masters (1971), Vilnius URS
Benko Gambit: Accepted. King Walk Variation (A59)  ·  1-0



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Jun-28-02  borgianus: Fireworks! Very recommended!
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  Sneaky: White's three far-advanced, connected, passed pawns look mighty dangerous. There would be no justice in chess if they did not go on to win!
Jun-28-02  bishop: The white defensive setup on the queenside with the bishop coming back to c1 after the queen's rook had swung over was elegant. A really superb game.
Apr-03-08  Jason Frost: I must be missing something, but why 29.....e5?
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  Phony Benoni: <Jason Frost> After the immediate 29...Bg7 30.Qf3, Black cannot effectively cover the deadly check on h5. 29...e5 30.dxe6+ Bg7 allowed Black's queen to help out--though the cure was nearly as bad as the disease.
Jan-19-09  Phantom.Nightmare: Black attacks too slow, should've attacked more immediately. 12..Qb8 is very slow, since he played 16..Qb7 later. It's better to play 12..Ne8 with the same aim of controling the e5 square and also plans Ne8-c7-b6. The queen belongs in the b6 or a5 square.
Jan-19-09  Lt.Surena: 28.Bxh6!! Devastating pawn formation by white. Alburt, obviously no match for Kuzmin's tactical prowess.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Saw enough of the game continuation to know it had to prove correct--White has to play desperate moves. What an insane game.
Nov-21-20  sfm: The desperate 28.Bxh6 is the only move. Which Stockfish says is a draw. Black loses with 28.-,Bxh6??, should have played -,b1Q. Chess is a bit difficult at times, right?
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  drollere: the first move was not hard; it's too passive to leave the QB where it is. i had assumed b1=Q would come next, with 29. Bxg7+ Kxg7, 30. Qc3+ e5, 31. dxe6+ Kh6, 32. Qe3+; but the best K move and the following piece trades were too complex for me to work out.
Nov-21-20  Walter Glattke: To the yesterday puzzle with 2nd best 22.Bg4 Bxb1 23.Rxb1 Qxd5 24.Qxd5 Nxd5 25.Rxb7 I found an instant attack for white, while 23.Bxd7 or 23.Rxe8+ were not so good for white, but only 2nd best way, here we are with the double of costless workers for CG or using CG costless as platform for our theories, but it's hard work to clear 28.Bxh6, no mate found after 28.-B1Q 29.Bxg7+ Kxg7 29.Qc3+ e5 30.dxe6 e..p.+ Kh6 31.Qh8+ Nh7 32.Nf5+ Qxf5 the continuations in the match after 28.-Bxh6 are not forced, 35.-Rg1+ 36.Kh3 Nxe6? 37.Qh6+!! but 35.-Qg1+ 36.Kh3 Qf1+ 37.Qxf1 Rxf1 38.e7 Rxf5 39.e8Q Re5 is that won for white!? Ask stockfish.
Nov-21-20  Brenin: Instead of 35 ... Nh7, Black could have survived with 35 ... Qg1+ 36 Kh3 Qf1+ 37 Qxf1 Rxf1 38 e7 Rxf5 39 e8=Q Rf6, with R+B+N+P vs Q+3P. To avoid this, White could have played 35 e7 rather than Nf5.
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  scormus: <Brenin ..... 35 ... Qg1+> Yes, playing it through as I tried to figure out the moves I was surprised B didn't play it, seemed to me it was B's best chance. Although W made a mistake with 35 Nf5, the significance of 35 e7! would have been difficult to see OTB.

But I wonder, considering how much the play was on a knife edge, whether B might have not known if he was winning or losing. Going back to 28 Bxh6, .... b1Q clearly allows W to draw. Did B want to avoid the draw, or was he concerned W could win with 29 Bxg7+ ?

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  chrisowen: Drawn no?
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  Messiah: Not easy.
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  perfidious: Where <Ah> come from, they call that thang a pawn rollah!
Nov-21-20  WorstPlayerEver: Drawish.
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  agb2002: White has an extra pawn.

Black threatens b1=Q and bxc1=Q.

The only move I can find is 28.Bxh6:

A) 28... b1=Q 29.Bxg7+ Kxg7 30.Qc3+

A.1) 30... e5 31.dxe6+ Qe5 32.Qxe5+ dxe5 33.Rxb1 Rxf2+ 34.Kxf2 Rxb1 35.e7 wins decisive material.

A.2) 30... Kh6 31.Qh8+ Kg5 32.Nf3+

A.2.a) 32... Kxg6 33.Nh4+ and White has perpetual check at least.

A.2.b) 32... Kf5 33.g4+ Kxg4 (33... Ke(f)4 34.Qd4#; 33... Kxg6 34.Nh4+ Kg5 35.Qh5#) 34.Qh3+ Kf4 35.Qg3+ Ke4 (35... Ke3(f5) 36.Qg5+ Ke4 37.Rd4#) 36.Rd4+ and mate next.

B) 28... Bxh6 29.Qc3+

B.1) 29... Bg7 30.Qf3 looks winning (30... Nxg6 31.Qh5+ Bh6 32.Qxh6#).

B.2) 29... e5 30.dxe5+ Qe5 31.Qxe5+ dxe5 32.e7 Raa8 (32... b1=Q 32.Rxb1 as in A.1) 33.Rb1 looks very good for White (33... Ne6 34.Rfxb2; 33... Bc1 34.exf8=Q+ Rxf8 35.Nf5).

Nov-21-20  Jack Kerouac: Well. Those were the days.
Was still the players with no cyborg
And, On The Road still relevant....
Nov-21-20  WorstPlayerEver: <Jack>

My cyborg had much respect for Black's moves, until they missed the obvious 28... b1=Q

Pressure, pressure...

Nov-21-20  Brenin: In <agb2002>'s line A.2.a, 28 Bxh6 b1=Q 29 Bxg7+ Kxg7 30 Qc3+ Kh6 31 Qh8+ Kg5 32 Nf3+ Kxg6 33 Nh4+ "White has perpetual check at least". Remarkably, with Black's K in the open and his heavy artillery watching helplessly from the Q-side, that's all that White has: the pin on his R on f2 is critical, preventing it from joining the attack. Instead of 29 Bxg7+ White could try Nf5, but this is answered by 29 ... Q1b2 30 Bxg7+ Qxg7 31 Qxa2 Qxg6 and Black, with Q for R+2P, seems at least to survive. Thus Black had at least two chances of escape (see my posting above for another), but the complications are such that it is no surprise that he missed them, or rejected them if he was playing for a win as <scormus> suggested.
Nov-21-20  NBZ: <Brenin>: Great point. It also turns out Black's control of the f5 square (with the newly minted b1 queen) is crucial in ensuring the draw. Otherwise White could play (after28 Bxh6 b1=Q 29 Bxg7+ Kxg7 30 Qc3+ Kh6) 31. Nf5+. Now if Black didn't have Qxf5 here, they would be forced to move the king, and all king moves lose:

35. ... Kxg6 36. Qg7+ Kh5 37. g4#
35. ... Kh5 36. Qh8+ Kg5 37. Qh4+ Kxg6 38. Qh6#
35. ... Kg5 36. h4+ Kh5 37. Qh8+ Kg4 38. Ne3#

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