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Zürich International Chess Tournament 1953
Round 10 Game 7
⚪️Yuri Averbakh 🇷🇺 (USSR) (3.5/8) vs ⚫️ László Szabó 🇭🇺 (3.5/9)
One of the most unintuitive yet instructive attacking idea when you have your knight on g5 (with black and in this case) or when you have a knight on g4 (with white)! But enough with that, the game between Yuri Averbakh and Lázló Szabó I'm about to present you is a pure exemple of an authentic repertoire game of which many have studied during and after many many years of this beauty being played for its theoretical importance as much as its sheer brilliancy! In the book, Bronstein describes that "from the fifth move until its conclusion, this game is a theoretical duel between two excellently prepared and expert advocates of the Open Defense to the Ruy Lopez" which came to a shock at first for me before then realizing that the game is only 27 moves and is very possibly theory or alongside theoretical thoughts! Get your sets out, because this one is worth analyzing at home. In the first position, Szabó with black has just played Bc5, which in my opinion, after the development shown by black is way better than the other move, Be7 which is a bit passive. After that move, White's plan is to erase black's knight on e4 with the likes of Nd2 and Bc2 pressurizing that unstable, difficult-to-protect Knight. A few moves later, The black bishop from a7 took a knight on d4 offering two very well known and played recaptures:
The natural 15.cxd4 is and was, for about 100 years +, played and analyzed often (Analyze this!) after 15...f4 16.f3, Ng3! which is brilliant since the Knight can't be taken without mate on h2 by the Black Queen (Qh4, Qh3# (unpreventable)) exemple: 17. fxg3, hxg3 18. Be3, Qh4 19. Re1, Qh2+ 20. Kf1, Bh3 which puts white to sleep. Few years after that era of play, there was a re-evaluation of the position by Isaac Boleslavsky who thought of the life-saving 18. Qd3 (after 17. fxg3, hxg3 in the previous variation) followed by 18...Bf5 19. Qxf5, Rxf5 20. Bxf5 (Here, after 20... Qh4 21. Bh3, Qxd4+ 22. Kh1, Qe5 23. Bd2 with an unclear game where now white started winning
Nerding out at autograph day for the Sinquefield Cup at the @stlchessclub. They just released this beautiful new coffee table book, and I was lucky enough to get it signed by all of the greats. I felt a little silly at first, getting people that I work with every day to autograph a book for me. But ultimately I'm very lucky to do what I do and to work with these people. Sometimes it's easy to forget that these people are the best in the business and all of them have spent a lifetime honing a skill and perfecting an Art.