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Vlastimil Hort vs Lev Alburt
"What You Don't Know Won't Hort You" (game of the day Jul-26-2006)
Czechoslovak Championship (International) (1977), Decin CSR, rd 7, Jul-??
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fianchetto Variation (A58)  ·  0-1



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Jul-07-06  themadhair: Does 19.Qc4 hold game for white here? The idea is 19...Bxc1 20.Bb2 and I think white is ok here.
Jul-26-06  The17thPawn: Man this cement's it for me. Accepting the Benko gambit pawn is bad medicine. Still Alburt played brilliantly to convert his advantage both positionally and of course tactically.
Jul-26-06  RandomVisitor: After 29.Ng1

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White's Queen cannot move at all.

Jul-26-06  goldfarbdj: Looks to me like after 19. Qc4, Rfb8 is strong for black -- Rb4 is threatened, picking the Q back up, and 20. a3 is met by Ra4.
Jul-26-06  psmith: <goldfarbdj> The point of 19. Qc4 is that White is happy to give the Queen back in order to break the attack and still end up with a material plus. And this seems to work in the variations I've looked at. For example, after your 19... Rfb8 White just plays 20. Bb2 Rb4 21. Qxc3 Bxc3 22. Bxc3 Bxb1 23. Rxb1 with 2 pieces for the Rook. White ends up with the same material plus in other lines as well. Thus: 19...Bd4 20. Be3 d5 21. Bxd4 dxc4 22. Bxc3 Bxb1 23. Rxb1 Rxa2 24. bxc4 or 19... Rfc8 20. Bh6! d5 21. Bxg7 dxc4 22. Bxc3 Bxb1 23. Rxb1. (Analysis aided by Fritz 5.32.)
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Great game by Alburt.

The paralysis White suffers on an open board put me in mind of the idea of sacrificing a few pawns to give his pieces some life (and perhaps swap off his more useless ones). For example, after 21...Ba2; 22.b4!?,cb; 23.ab,Reb8; 24.Be3!?,Bg7!?; 25.Qh4,e6 (Bf6;26.Bg5); 26.Nd2. I'm not calling this best play by any means, merely an illustration of what I have in mind. There are plenty of other places where White might try a counter-sacrifice.

White might be completely helpless no matter what I suggest (such as trying to manouver the Knight to g5), but sometimes a little thrashing about can lead to good things.

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  WannaBe: Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch. What you don't know can hurt you.
Jul-26-06  c o r e: Please tell me that I'm not the only one who sometimes sees a game that just goes completely over his head.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Man this cement's it for me. Accepting the Benko gambit pawn is bad medicine.> Well, not all Benko's Gambits are brilliant wins of black (see for example Hort vs Judit Polgar, 1987) but this one is really superb.
Jul-26-06  NimzoKing: Them two bishops of black were superb!
Jul-26-06  Runemaster: <WannaBe: Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch.>

Yes, this must have hort.

White should have levt the b5 pawn alone.

Jul-26-06  RandomVisitor: If White played 19.Qc4
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1: Hort - Alburt Lev, Decin 1977

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Analysis by Rybka 2.1c mp:

1. ² (0.64): 19...Bxb1 20.Bb2 d5 21.Qxc5 Rac8 22.Qa3 Bxa2 23.Nd2 d4 24.Qxe7 Rce8 25.Qa7 Ra8 26.Qc7

2. ² (0.64): 19...d5 20.Qxc5 Bxb1 21.Bb2 Rac8 22.Qa3 Bxa2 23.Nd2 d4 24.Qxe7 Rce8 25.Qa7 Ra8 26.Qc7

3. ² (0.65): 19...Rfc8 20.Bh6 d5 21.Bxg7 dxc4 22.Bxc3 Bxb1 23.Rxb1 Rcb8 24.Rb2 Ra3 25.Nd2 Rba8 26.Nxc4

(, 26.07.2006)

Jul-26-06  aazqua: What an excruciating game for white. Plays way to conservatively and gets his head served to him. Truly awful.
Jul-26-06  kevin86: Black gives up queen so that he can turn his rooks into battering rams-bowling balls on his eighth rank.

White looks like the guy who brought a butter knife to a knife fight.

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  OhioChessFan: Whew, this was a steamroller. Nc3 was fantastic.
Jul-26-06  kinghunt72: A great game played by Alburt!

Whats with the unnecessary 36. Bxa1? Why couldn't White just play 36. Qf2 and save his queen?

Jul-26-06  samhamfast: "Whats with the unnecessary 36. Bxa1? Why couldn't White just play 36. Qf2 and save his queen?"

36. Q moves anywhere Rf1+

Jul-26-06  kinghunt72: "36. Q moves anywhere Rf1+"

36. Qf2 Rf1 37. Bxa1 Rxf2+ 38. Kxf2
and white is only behind 1 pawn.

Jul-26-06  Sydro: 36.Qf2 Loses to 36...Bg4+ 37.Kg2 Rxg1+
Jul-26-06  Rocafella: This is outrageous. Great game!
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  Sneaky: It all makes sense. Magnus wakes up in the morning, and like every morning, he visits He sees this wild Benko brilliancy. His mom drives him to Biel, and then this... Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2006
Apr-23-07  gambitfan: GTM 56
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  profK: Wow, this stuff keeps you wanna keep playing...!!!
Nov-19-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Damn. Hort taken to the woodshed.
Dec-21-16  Saniyat24: The Queen hunt...!
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