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Re: Avrukh on the Albin
Reply #4 - 08/14/13 at 14:29:34
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Markovich wrote on 12/14/08 at 00:25:14:
I just got a copy of Avrukh's excellent 1.d4 book, and I decided to check out what he has to say about the Albin.  I don't play this; I just want good lines to play against it.  

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 Nge7 6.b4 Ng6 7.Bb2 a5 8.b5 Ncxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.e3 Be6 11. Bxd4 Nxc4 12.Qc2 and now I looked at 12...Qd5, which according to Avrukh, is upheld by Davies in Gambiteer II.  Avrukh considers it dubious.  He continues 13.Nc3 Qg5 14.f4 Qe7 15.Bxc4 Bxc4 16.Qa4 Be6 17.0-0 f5 18.e4, arguing that 18...0-0-0 19.Ne2 fxe4 20.Rfc1 offers White a decisive attack.

True enough, but 18...0-0-0 isn't Black's best move.  I think 18...Qf7 is best, threatening ...Bb3.  I looked at this and concluded that White still has a fairly significant advantage after 19.b6+ c6 20.Nd5 Bd6 21.Nc7+ Bxc7 22.bxc7 0-0 23.Be5.  I prefer White in this major piece plus opposite-color bishop game, since the pawn on c7 is a big annoyance for Black, and White's kingside pawn majority seems more important than Black's on the queenside.  After ...fxe4 White has ideas of eventually pushing his f-pawn.  But still, this line is not quite as clear-cut as Avrukh makes out.

The move 12 ... Qd5 is bad. You have to play 10 ... Bd3 Qg5 Nd6 13 14 f4 (also insert 14 Nc3 or 14 0-0) 14 ... g3 Qh415 Qh3! and now there are 16. e4, 16 Nc3, 16 Kf2
  
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Re: Avrukh on the Albin
Reply #3 - 12/15/08 at 11:32:27
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I found another refutation of the Davies line when I informed Boris about it. It is also mentioned on page 383. It is a straight computer line and you can easily work it out yourself.
  
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Re: Avrukh on the Albin
Reply #2 - 12/14/08 at 14:22:44
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Matemax wrote on 12/14/08 at 08:37:40:
The position after 23.Be5 looks nearly losing for Black. White will combine several attacking plans: b7, h7 (after fe4 - White may follow with Rf3/h3 some time or even start a kingside attack with g4), on the dark squares and and on his open files for rooks. I think Black has to take c7 at some time getting bishop and pawn for the rook and try to find some counterplay with his queenside pawns. What I think makes the position winning for White is that he is in no hurry - he can simply improve his position or manouvre if he likes - Blacks task is too difficult, apart from pushing the queenside pawns he has no plan. But pushing the queenside pawns may also weaken them and even open up more files for White.

Having looked further at this, fundamentally I agree.  Actually I think that Black's best idea may be to sac the exchange on e5 and win the c7 pawn, entering an extremely dreary and probably lost ending.
  

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Re: Avrukh on the Albin
Reply #1 - 12/14/08 at 08:37:40
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The position after 23.Be5 looks nearly losing for Black. White will combine several attacking plans: b7, h7 (after fe4 - White may follow with Rf3/h3 some time or even start a kingside attack with g4), on the dark squares and and on his open files for rooks. I think Black has to take c7 at some time getting bishop and pawn for the rook and try to find some counterplay with his queenside pawns. What I think makes the position winning for White is that he is in no hurry - he can simply improve his position or manouvre if he likes - Blacks task is too difficult, apart from pushing the queenside pawns he has no plan. But pushing the queenside pawns may also weaken them and even open up more files for White.
  
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Avrukh on the Albin
12/14/08 at 00:25:14
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I just got a copy of Avrukh's excellent 1.d4 book, and I decided to check out what he has to say about the Albin.  I don't play this; I just want good lines to play against it.  

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 Nge7 6.b4 Ng6 7.Bg2 a5 8.b5 Ncxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.e3 Be6 11. Bxd4 Nxc4 12.Qc2 and now I looked at 12...Qd5, which according to Avrukh, is upheld by Davies in Gambiteer II.  Avrukh considers it dubious.  He continues 13.Nc3 Qg5 14.f4 Qe7 15.Bxc4 Bxc4 16.Qa4 Be6 17.0-0 f5 18.e4, arguing that 18...0-0-0 19.Ne2 fxe4 20.Rfc1 offers White a decisive attack.

True enough, but 18...0-0-0 isn't Black's best move.  I think 18...Qf7 is best, threatening ...Bb3.  I looked at this and concluded that White still has a fairly significant advantage after 19.b6+ c6 20.Nd5 Bd6 21.Nc7+ Bxc7 22.bxc7 0-0 23.Be5.  I prefer White in this major piece plus opposite-color bishop game, since the pawn on c7 is a big annoyance for Black, and White's kingside pawn majority seems more important than Black's on the queenside.  After ...fxe4 White has ideas of eventually pushing his f-pawn.  But still, this line is not quite as clear-cut as Avrukh makes out.
  

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