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Lev Alburt vs David E Vigorito
New York Open (1993), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Apr-09
Modern Defense: Beefeater Variation (A40)  ·  1-0



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Jan-30-05  Backward Development: very provactive opening play by Vigorito! although I'm suspicious whether castling queenside is the best plan in this position, with an open b-file and such.
Jul-03-05  dvigorito: this game was a long time ago but it keeps popping up. white's whole scheme would have been meaningless if I played 8...Nd7 not allowing Bh6. it was an awful tournament for me (must have been for Alburt too if he was playing me) but he played a very pretty queen sac which I had missed. :)
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  tpstar: <dvigorito> Hello! Welcome to the group! If you click on your name up top (in blue), you go straight to your personal page with all of your games in this database. See you around.
Aug-25-10  elohah: The Dzindzi-Indian??

Oh, Dog, we need to rip the BALLS off of this!

Does anybody know how?

White's approach wasn't bad here, just playing technical Chess and grabbing a file, but there's supposed to be almost a BUST to Black's opening, isn't there??

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  FSR: <elohah> Have at it. So far Black has gotten a massive plus score - about 64.5% over 96 games. Opening Explorer The games are at
Nov-16-19  The17thPawn: Must be a subpar Saturday puzzle if I got it.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Beefeater Variation?/ What a strange name for a strange opening. Would have loved playing either White or Black.
Nov-16-19  trnbg: I first considered 24.Rxb7, which however runs into 24...Qxb1+!, and Black gets two rooks for the Queen, with an unclear position.
Nov-16-19  Carrots and Pizza: I couldn't see all of this. No way.
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  fredthebear: <Carrots and Pizza> Me thought carrots improved vision, no?
Nov-16-19  alshatranji: Sometimes before you find the solution, you have to find the problem. Here the obvious 24. Rxb7 is met with 24... qxb1+, then 25.qxb1 bxb7, with what looks like an equal position. From there it becomes clear that the queen sacrifice is practically the only way to proceed. But it takes a lot of foresight and confidence to persevere with r+b vs. q, with no clear combination in sight. Very instructive.
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  Louben: Not so hard for a saturday (I must admit that I was helped by the fact that I did not even consider 24.Rxb7 !)
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  drollere: the bishop is important in the long calculation: 28. .. Qc8,
29. Bg5+ Ke8,
30. Rbe7+ Kd8,
31. Rc7+ Ke8,
32. Rxc8+ Kxf7,
33. Rxh8
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  agb2002: Black threatens Qxc4.

White has Rxb7, Qxb7+ and Rf1.

24.Rxb7 is met with 24... Qxb1+ 25.Qxb1 Bxb7, unclear.

In the case of 24.Rf1 Rhe8 25.Rxh8 g5 26.Rff7 Qxe3+ seems to give Black some chances.

In the case of 24.Qxb7+ Bxb7 25.Rbxb7, threatening Rec7#:

A) 25... Rdg8 26.Rec7+ Kd8 27.Bg5+ Ke8 28.Rb8#.

B) 25... Rd7 26.Rexd7 Qf5 (stops Bg5 and threats Qxd7; 26... Qb1+ 27.Rxb1 Kxd7 28.Rb7+ + - [B]) 27.Rdc7+ Kd8 28.Rf7, with the double threat Rxf5 and Rb8+, looks winning.

C) 25... Rde8 26.Rec7+ Kd8 27.Bg5+ Re7 28.Bxe7+ Ke8 29.Bg5 wins.

Nov-16-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: Easy today. Dear <drollere>, sorry but you have something better to END the game, in the case of the poor Stockfish (Computers... lgs): a) 28 ... ♕e6 29. ♖b8+ ♕c8 30. ♗g5+ ♔e8 31. ♖e7+ ♔d8 32. ♖xh7+ ♔e8 33. ♖xc8 # (best!) b) in your case: 28 ... ♕c8 (directly) 28...♕c8 29. ♗g5+ ♔e8 30. ♖be7+ ♔d8 31. ♖c7+ ♔e8 32. ♖fe7+ ♔d8 33. ♖xh7+ ♔e8 34. ♖xc8# c) in line b), if 32... ♔f8 33.♖xc8#. Mate in all the cases.
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  drollere: <you have something better to END the game>

both your lines a) 30 and b) 29 require the B to make the combination work, which was my point ... and the point alburt must have seen at move 23.

Nov-16-19  TheBish: It's mate in 3 after 28...Qc8 29. Bg5+ Ke8 30. Rbe7+ Kd8 31. Re6#.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Beside the text 26...Qf5, it is important to note that black also has 26...Qd1+, seeing 27 Kh2 Qh5, below, threatening 28...Qxh6.

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White has 28 Bg7 in response, both threatening 29 Bxh8 and 29 Rdc7+ Kd8 30 Bf6+ Ke8 31 Rb8#

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Nov-16-19  sophiephilo: Suspiciously easy for a Saturday.
Nov-16-19  sophiephilo: Can someone tell me the name of this opening?
Nov-16-19  BxChess: <sophiephilo:> The name of the opening and its formal classification is given in the third line of the title on each gane page. It seems to me as a patzer some openings have more than one name and classifcation.

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