Monday, January 2, 2017

Queens Knight Kevitz vs Altman

Benjamin Altman of Flushing, New York was a prominent chess player in the 1930s and 1940s. Altman finished third in the US Open in 1943. The next year in 1944 Altman again competed in the United States Chess Championship. This time he posted a winning record of 9-8, just ahead of Weaver W. Adams with 8-9.

During the World War II years of 1941-1945, the top players in America were Samuel Reshevsky and Reuben Fine. Both would have been potential contenders for the World Championship, but Alexander Alekhine and any challengers were unable to play.

The US tournament competition to Fine and Reshevsky were players like Arnold Denker, Herman Steiner, Anthony Santasiere, Weaver W. Adams, Isaac Kashdan and Israel Albert Horowitz. Many others just below that top level were a couple dozen other masters who had a great tournament from time to time. Alexander Kevitz (1902-1981) of Brooklyn was a chess master. He contributed original ideas to wide variety of openings. Kevitz graduated from Cornell and worked as a pharmacist.

In the Queens Knight Defence, Alexander Kevitz was known to play as Black 1…Nc6 and 2…e5. Altman played Kevitz in the Nimzowitsch Defence after 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.d5 Nce7. This position is a Van Geet Advance Variation in reverse.

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Altman - Kevitz, New York 1946 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.Nf3 Ng6 5.Nc3 [5.h4 h5 6.Bg5 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Nd2 d6 9.g3 c6 10.Be2 Nf8=] 5...Nf6 6.Bd3 Bc5 7.Qe2 [7.Na4 Bb4+ 8.c3 Be7=] 7...0-0 8.Be3 d6 9.h3 a6 10.g3 b5 11.a4 Bxe3 12.Qxe3 Bd7 13.Qe2 [13.Kf1 b4=/+] 13...c6 14.Nd2 [14.dxc6 Bxc6 15.axb5 axb5 16.0-0=] 14...b4 15.Na2 cxd5 16.Nxb4 dxe4 17.Nxe4 Rb8 18.c3 a5 19.Nxf6+ gxf6 20.Nd5 f5 [20...Bc6=] 21.Qd2 [21.Bb5+/=] 21...f4 22.h4 Bc6 23.Be4  [23.Bb5+/=] 23...f5 24.Bg2 fxg3 25.fxg3 e4 26.Nf4 [26.0-0=] 26...Nxf4 27.gxf4 Qb6 28.Rb1 Bxa4 29.Qd5+ Rf7 30.Qd2 Rg7 31.Bf1 Bb3 32.c4 Qc5 [32...e3-+] 33.Rc1 a4 34.Qd5+ Qxd5 35.cxd5 Bxd5 36.Rd1 Ba2 37.Rxd6 Rxb2 38.Ra6 Bb3 39.Rb6 [39.Ra8+ Kf7 40.Ra7+ Kf6-+] 39...e3?  [39...Rc7-+] 40.Bc4+ [40.Rb8+ Kf7-+] 40...Kf8 41.Rb8+ Ke7 0-1

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