Monday, July 15, 2019

Vienna Game 3.Bc4 Alberston

It was my privilege to play the National Master Bruce Alberston and chess author in the third round of a tournament in Levittown, Pennsylvania in 1982. I knew him as a longtime chess teacher from the Allentown area which is 60 miles north of Philadelphia. My Bishops Opening / Vienna Game 3.Bc4 gave me reasonable attacking chances. Alberston prevented me from transposing into a King’s Gambit Declined with his move 5...Be6. Then I was on my own. I missed good chances and got outplayed by a master.

Sawyer - Alberston (2309), Levittown, PA 15.05.1982 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bc5 4.d3 d6 5.f4 Be6 [5...Ng4 6.f5 h5=] 6.Nf3 [6.Bxe6 fxe6 7.Nf3 exf4 8.d4 Bb6=] 6...Bxc4 7.dxc4 Nc6 [7...exf4 8.Bxf4 0-0=/+] 8.Qe2 [8.fxe5 dxe5=] 8...0-0
9.Be3? [9.fxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 dxe5 11.Bg5=] 9...Bb4 [9...Nd4-/+] 10.Bd2 exf4 11.0-0-0 Re8 12.e5 [12.Nd5 Bc5-/+] 12...Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Rxe5 14.Qf3 Qc8 15.Bxf4 Bxc3 16.bxc3 [16.Qxc3 Re2-/+] 16...Rf5 17.g4 Rc5 18.g5 Qg4 19.Qxb7 [19.Qxg4 Nxg4-/+] 19...Qxf4+ 20.Kb2 Qe4 21.Rd5 [21.Qxe4 Nxe4-+] 21...Re8 22.gxf6 Qxh1 23.fxg7 Rxd5 0-1

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