1991

1991 was a remarkable year for me , after winning World Championship under 12 in 1990 I have spent a lot of time in Moscow playing in many chess events. Actually the reason for that was a rich guy , who wanted to support my chess career ( I even don’t remember his name :)). It was very short period until he dissapeared, but in 1991 I was able to take part in two memorable events.

First it was “Pre-Olympiad blitz ” in Moscow “House of Journalists”. It was round robin tournament where I played two games against respectively Kasparov, Tal, Smyslov, Beliavsky, Bareev, Dolmatov and Vyzmanavin. 3 last players together with Kasparov participated successfully in Chess Olympiad in 1992 playing for Soviet Union team.

I scored 4,5 points out of 14 games, but it was  not bad taking into account my age :). I shared last place with Beliavsky, but the biggest memory from  the tournament is my draw against Kasparov. Actually I was absolutely winning in the middle ( he overlooked nice trick and lost piece) , as well as in the final position, but I was very unexperienced and was afraid to lose on time, since it was first time I played with “Garde” chess clocks and it was hard for me to evaluate how much time I have ( actually starting from 3 min you have a feeling that your flag should drop every second).

Kasparov-29

Even the second game, that he managed to win was a big fight and , that I can be proud of.

In a few days my ” sposnsor” orginized a firendly blitz match against Mikhail Tal .

Tal

I remember I arrived together my uncle to one of the Moscow Hospitals and we played 13 games in his ward. He looked very bad ( but it was already for a few years) and as always he smoked one cigarette after another, but anyway the atmosphere was very friendly and he was joking all the time. I wouldn’t say he played not seriously, but he was very relaxed and this allowed me to win the match 8-5 . He was still great blitz player , as a few days before during “Pre-Olympiad” blitz he won a sensational game against Kasparov.

I remember in the end he promised me to come Germany, where in two weeks I supposed to participate in World Championship under 14. Unfortunately this didn’t happen, because one week after our match  Mikhail Tal passed to another World.

I can proudly claim , that I was the last, who played against great Mikhail Tal!

Actually a few days ago I discovered  notes with these games. Here I would like to give the text:

[Event “Pre Olymiad blitz”]

[Site “?”]

[Date “1991.??.??”]

[Round “?”]

[White “Avrukh, B.”]

[Black “Kasparov, G.”]

[Result “1/2-1/2”]

[ECO “E71”]

[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]

[PlyCount “84”]

[EventDate “2006.04.23”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Bg5 c5 7. d5 b5 8. cxb5 a6

9. a4 axb5 10. Bxb5 Ba6 11. Nge2 Qb6 12. O-O Bxb5 13. axb5 Nbd7 14. Be3 Qb7 15.

f4 Rxa1 16. Qxa1 Ra8 17. Qd1 Nb6 18. Qb3 Ne8 19. Kh1 Qd7 20. Ng3 Nc7 21. Re1

Ra5 22. Bd2 Nxb5 23. e5 Nxc3 24. Qxb6 Rb5 25. Qa6 Nxd5 26. Qa8+ Bf8 27. Qxd5 e6

28. Qd3 d5 29. Ne4 Be7 30. Nf6+ Bxf6 31. exf6 Rxb2 32. Bc3 Rb3 33. Qc2 c4 34.

Be5 Qb7 35. Ra1 h5 36. Qa2 Kh7 37. Qa8 Qxa8 38. Rxa8 c3 39. Rc8 h4 40. Rxc3

Rb1+ 41. Kh2 g5 42. fxg5 Kg6 {…..} 1/2-1/2

[Event “Pre Olymiad blitz”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “1991.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Kasparov, G.”]
[Black “Avrukh, B.”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “E92”]
[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]
[PlyCount “80”]
[EventDate “2006.04.23”]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 h6 8. O-O
Ng4 9. Bc1 Nc6 10. d5 Ne7 11. Nd2 h5 12. h3 Nh6 13. c5 f5 14. cxd6 cxd6 15.
exf5 Nexf5 16. Nde4 Nf7 17. Bd3 Bd7 18. a4 Rc8 19. Bb5 Nd4 20. Bxd7 Qxd7 21.
Be3 Qf5 22. f3 Qd7 23. Bf2 a6 24. Qd3 Kh8 25. a5 Nf5 26. Rac1 h4 27. Rc2 Qd8
28. b4 Qc7 29. Rfc1 Qc4 30. Qxc4 Rxc4 31. Na2 Rxc2 32. Rxc2 Nd8 33. Rc7 Rf7 34.
Rc8 Rf8 35. Kf1 Ne6 36. Rxf8+ Nxf8 37. Nac3 Nd7 38. Na4 Kg8 39. Ke2 Bh6 40. Kd3
Kf7 {….} 1-0
[Event “Friendly blitz in Moscow”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “1991.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Tal, M.”]
[Black “Avrukh, B.”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B38”]
[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]
[PlyCount “52”]
[EventDate “2006.04.23”]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 O-O 6. Nf3 c5 7. Be2 cxd4 8. Nxd4
Nc6 9. Be3 Bd7 10. O-O Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. Bf3 Rc8 13. Qd3 Qa5 14. Kh1 a6 15.
b3 b5 16. e5 dxe5 17. fxe5 bxc4 18. bxc4 Nd7 19. e6 Ne5 20. exf7+ Rxf7 21. Bxe5
Qxe5 22. Bxc6 Rxc6 23. Rxf7 Kxf7 24. Rf1+ Rf6 25. Rxf6+ Qxf6 26. Ne2 $4 Qf1+
0-1
[Event “Friendly blitz in Moscow”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “1991.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Tal, M.”]
[Black “Avrukh, B.”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B40”]
[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]
[PlyCount “41”]
[EventDate “2006.04.23”]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. b3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bb2 Nc6 6. c4 Nc7 7. Bd3 Be7 8. Qe2
O-O 9. Nc3 d5 10. exd6 Qxd6 11. h4 f5 12. Nb5 Nxb5 13. cxb5 Nd4 14. Bxd4 cxd4
15. g4 Bf6 16. Rc1 e5 17. gxf5 e4 18. Bxe4 Re8 19. d3 Bxf5 20. Nd2 Qf4 21. Rc5
{….} 1/2-1/2
[Event “Friendly blitz in Moscow”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “1991.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Avrukh, B.”]
[Black “Tal, M.”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “E70”]
[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]
[PlyCount “45”]
[EventDate “2006.04.23”]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. Be2 c6 6. h4 d5 7. e5 Ne4 8. h5 c5
9. hxg6 cxd4 10. gxh7+ {One of the games I tried} (10. gxf7+ Rxf7 11. Qxd4 Nxf2
12. Rh5 Nc6 13. Qxd5 Qb6 14. Nf3 Nb4 15. Qd2 Qg6 {and after a hard fight I
lost the game.}) 10… Kh8 11. Qxd4 Nc6 12. Qxd5 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Bxe5 14. Bd2 Qb6
15. Nf3 Bf6 16. Ng5 Be6 17. Nxe6 fxe6 18. Qxe6 Rad8 19. Rd1 Rxd2 20. Kxd2 Qb2+
21. Ke1 Bxc3+ 22. Kf1 Bd4 23. f3 {….} 1-0
[Event “Friendly blitz in Moscow”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “1991.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Tal, M.”]
[Black “Avrukh, B.”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “E73”]
[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]
[PlyCount “36”]
[EventDate “2006.04.23”]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. g4 c5 7. g5 Nfd7 8. d5 a6
9. h4 b5 10. h5 Ne5 11. cxb5 axb5 12. Bxb5 c4 13. Kf1 Ba6 14. Bxa6 Nxa6 15. Be3
Nd3 16. hxg6 fxg6 17. Qg4 Rf7 18. Kg2 Rb8 {….} 0-1

[Event “Pre Olymiad blitz”]

[Site “?”]

[Date “1991.??.??”]

[Round “?”]

[White “Kasparov, G.”]

[Black “Avrukh, B.”]

[Result “1-0”]

[ECO “E92”]

[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]

[PlyCount “80”]

[EventDate “2006.04.23”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 h6 8. O-O

Ng4 9. Bc1 Nc6 10. d5 Ne7 11. Nd2 h5 12. h3 Nh6 13. c5 f5 14. cxd6 cxd6 15.

exf5 Nexf5 16. Nde4 Nf7 17. Bd3 Bd7 18. a4 Rc8 19. Bb5 Nd4 20. Bxd7 Qxd7 21.

Be3 Qf5 22. f3 Qd7 23. Bf2 a6 24. Qd3 Kh8 25. a5 Nf5 26. Rac1 h4 27. Rc2 Qd8

28. b4 Qc7 29. Rfc1 Qc4 30. Qxc4 Rxc4 31. Na2 Rxc2 32. Rxc2 Nd8 33. Rc7 Rf7 34.

Rc8 Rf8 35. Kf1 Ne6 36. Rxf8+ Nxf8 37. Nac3 Nd7 38. Na4 Kg8 39. Ke2 Bh6 40. Kd3

Kf7 {….} 1-0

[Event “Friendly blitz in Moscow”]

[Site “?”]

[Date “1991.??.??”]

[Round “?”]

[White “Tal, M.”]

[Black “Avrukh, B.”]

[Result “0-1”]

[ECO “B38”]

[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]

[PlyCount “52”]

[EventDate “2006.04.23”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 O-O 6. Nf3 c5 7. Be2 cxd4 8. Nxd4

Nc6 9. Be3 Bd7 10. O-O Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. Bf3 Rc8 13. Qd3 Qa5 14. Kh1 a6 15.

b3 b5 16. e5 dxe5 17. fxe5 bxc4 18. bxc4 Nd7 19. e6 Ne5 20. exf7+ Rxf7 21. Bxe5

Qxe5 22. Bxc6 Rxc6 23. Rxf7 Kxf7 24. Rf1+ Rf6 25. Rxf6+ Qxf6 26. Ne2 $4 Qf1+

0-1

[Event “Friendly blitz in Moscow”]

[Site “?”]

[Date “1991.??.??”]

[Round “?”]

[White “Tal, M.”]

[Black “Avrukh, B.”]

[Result “1/2-1/2”]

[ECO “B40”]

[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]

[PlyCount “41”]

[EventDate “2006.04.23”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. b3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bb2 Nc6 6. c4 Nc7 7. Bd3 Be7 8. Qe2

O-O 9. Nc3 d5 10. exd6 Qxd6 11. h4 f5 12. Nb5 Nxb5 13. cxb5 Nd4 14. Bxd4 cxd4

15. g4 Bf6 16. Rc1 e5 17. gxf5 e4 18. Bxe4 Re8 19. d3 Bxf5 20. Nd2 Qf4 21. Rc5

{….} 1/2-1/2

[Event “Friendly blitz in Moscow”]

[Site “?”]

[Date “1991.??.??”]

[Round “?”]

[White “Avrukh, B.”]

[Black “Tal, M.”]

[Result “1-0”]

[ECO “E70”]

[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]

[PlyCount “45”]

[EventDate “2006.04.23”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. Be2 c6 6. h4 d5 7. e5 Ne4 8. h5 c5

9. hxg6 cxd4 10. gxh7+ {One of the games I tried} (10. gxf7+ Rxf7 11. Qxd4 Nxf2

12. Rh5 Nc6 13. Qxd5 Qb6 14. Nf3 Nb4 15. Qd2 Qg6 {and after a hard fight I

lost the game.}) 10… Kh8 11. Qxd4 Nc6 12. Qxd5 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Bxe5 14. Bd2 Qb6

15. Nf3 Bf6 16. Ng5 Be6 17. Nxe6 fxe6 18. Qxe6 Rad8 19. Rd1 Rxd2 20. Kxd2 Qb2+

21. Ke1 Bxc3+ 22. Kf1 Bd4 23. f3 {….} 1-0

[Event “Friendly blitz in Moscow”]

[Site “?”]

[Date “1991.??.??”]

[Round “?”]

[White “Tal, M.”]

[Black “Avrukh, B.”]

[Result “0-1”]

[ECO “E73”]

[Annotator “Avrukh,B”]

[PlyCount “36”]

[EventDate “2006.04.23”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. g4 c5 7. g5 Nfd7 8. d5 a6

9. h4 b5 10. h5 Ne5 11. cxb5 axb5 12. Bxb5 c4 13. Kf1 Ba6 14. Bxa6 Nxa6 15. Be3

Nd3 16. hxg6 fxg6 17. Qg4 Rf7 18. Kg2 Rb8 {….} 0-1

Once again I would to remind for those , who is interested to open the games in chessbase format. First copy the games to “Notepad” then you save the file put the file type -all files and write  for example Boris.pgn

This file can be opened in ChessBase.

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