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Bent Larsen vs Ulf Andersson
"Crying Ulf" (game of the day Jun-24-2008)
Bugojno (1982), Bugojno YUG, rd 5, May-??
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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Jul-01-03  pawntificator: I like 10 Ne5 to keep black from castling, although it gives up the light squared bishop. Still it seems better as the light bishop remains useless for the next 20 moves or so anyway.

Not that WHITE needs any help with this game.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Most remarkable about this game is how White alternates between his King side attack and his Queen side attack. Indeed, it's remarkable that he has *two* attacks, period.
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  al wazir: Why not 33...Rxc4 ? Why not 34. Bxb6 ? Why not 36...Bxf4 ? Was there some house rule in effect against making the obvious move?
Jun-24-08  paavoh: <al wazir> If 33...Rxc4 34.Bxe6+ and if 36...Bxf6 (sic!) then 37.Bxb6 Qxb6 38.Nxe6 and if BxQ then RxR mate. Seems that obvious was bad in 2 out of 3 cases.
Jun-24-08  arnaud1959: Only a genius like Larsen would play 20.c4, leaving d3 backwards and the black ♘ with an "excellent" square on c3.
Jun-24-08  vonKrolock: <19...g6> Better was 19...c4! - Larsen's reaction to the text move is quite comprehensible: the enemy's good spot is good for You too
Jun-24-08  ounos: <paavoh>, I know I'm being pendatic, but correct would be <36. ...Bxf4 (sic!)>, not <36. ...Bxf6 (sic!)>. It's wrong to fix the error /and/ append "sic".
Jun-24-08  PinnedPiece: < ounos: <paavoh>, I know I'm being pendatic, >

Although some would call you pedantic (sic)

Jun-24-08  lunacyfrog: <PinnedPiece>

First of all, you stole my joke.

Secondly, you still used 'sic' incorrectly.

You make me sic.

Jun-24-08  PinnedPiece: Yes, lunacy, that's the beauty of it.

Btw, seems to have hired the professional punsters this week.

Sure don't understand why resign here, is it that much worse than a couple moves ago? Why not 38..BXN, and if 39. BXB, then ...QXB?

Jun-24-08  JG27Pyth: 38.Nxe6! Surely that move would make an excellent midweek PotD. What an absolutely splendid move -- easy when it's pointed out, but it takes a bit of genius to even look at it in the first place! e6 is guarded 4(!) ways and 38.Nxe6 at first glance seems to hang the f3 rook... yet nothing can be taken (without losing material) and although it's complicated I think white wins at least the rook, with continued mating threats... Nxe6 is just crushing.

<An Englishman: Most remarkable about this game is how White alternates between his King side attack and his Queen side attack. >

I completely agree -- I actually thought at one point Andersson had the better game but mishandled his chances on the queenside pawn push (20.b4? I don't think he should touch that pawn... cb is bad for white IMO... and as the continuation shows, black isn't ready to support b4 yet.) But Larsen's h pawn push was really shocking to me... at first I thought -- h4? what the hell is that, some kind of waiting move, but then came h5 and it started to make sense in retrospect... Black's pieces are tied up trying to make something happen on the Queenside -- white can harass each flank while holding the high ground in the center limiting black's mobility -- black can't switch fronts quickly enough and ends up stretched to the breaking point. That h-pawn, controlling black's g7 square ends up being the key element in White's winning brilliancy, Nxe6! Just super.

Jun-24-08  PinnedPiece: Wait, I see the problems with 38 ..BxN

39 RxN BxR
40 QxB

and black either gets mated or loses both B and N.

Jun-24-08  JG27Pyth: <Wait, I see the problems with 38 ..BxN

39 RxN BxR
40 QxB

and black either gets mated or loses both B and N.>

Yes. 39. Rxf6 looks very strong there... with 39...Bxf6 40.Qxf6 and now black has no way to defend against both Qg7# and Bxf6+

Jun-24-08  AniamL: How about 13...g5 or 14...g5 ?

Is that an improvement for black, or at least a way to stave off the weakening of black's kingside?

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  al wazir: <paavoh: If 33...Rxc4 34. Bxe6+> Rxe6 35. Nxe6 Be7 36. Ra2 Ne5, threatening 37. Bxe6 and Nf3+.

<if 36...Bxf6 (sic!<?>) then 37.Bxb6 Qxb6 38.Nxe6> Nxe4 39. Rxf6 Rxf6, and now if 40. Rxe4 then 40...Qxf2+, and if 40. Qxf6 then 40...Nxf6, leaving black with a ♕ for a ♖.

The obvious move is not obviously wrong, my friend.

Jun-24-08  mate2900s: wow Larsen kept the initiative sice the arbiter hit the clock
Jun-24-08  JuliusCaesar: A fanstastic game – and a reminder just how strong Larsen was on a good day.
Jun-24-08  Benatchess: I posted this to the daily puzzle thread, sorry if it's a duplicate, but I'm looking for some recommendations on CDs on basic openings and defences I can purchase off the internet.


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  kevin86: Black can take the knight four ways-none of them good.
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  patzer2: Larsen's final move 38. Nxe6!! must have indeed caused Andersson to cry out with surprise. It forces his resignation as this combination discovered attack, pinning and obstruction move completely paralyzes White's position with decisive threats.

If 38...Rxf3, then 39. Qg7# follows. If 38...Rxe6, then it's also 39. Qg7#. After 38...Nxe6 or 38...Bxe6, then simply 37. Rxf6 wins easily.

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  patzer2: Maybe I'm missing something deep, but 34...Nc5? seems to be a mistake that concedes the loss of the exchange and the game to White. Instead 34...Rd6 seems to offer reasonable counter chances.
Sep-11-10  Ulhumbrus: This is what Eric Schiller has to say about this game on Bent Larsen's page, following the news of Larsen's crossing the departure gate:

<White is facing an uphill battle. The pawn at h6 is simply in the say, and the fianchettoed bishop has all of four useless squares to occupy. Black threatens to break through on the queenside. Larsen's solution is remarkable, as it involves a deep, long-term positional sacrifice which actually opens lines on the weak queenside. If it only saved the position, it would be worthy of respect, but the plan actually delivers a full point in the end, though not without a little help from the opponent. 21.a3 !! bxa3 22.Qc2 'passed pawn' White rapidly reorganizes his forces which will be trained on the queenside. Black's passed pawn is not a problem, for the moment. White plans to drive the Black queen back and then capture at a4. Bc6 ( 22...Nb2 23.Ra1 Bc6 24.Qb3 and White will regain the a-pawn with an advantage, because Black's queenside pawns remain weak. ) 23.Bd2 Qb6 ( 23...Qc7 24.Ra1 Rb8 25.Rxa3 is better for White, who has a great advantage in maneuvering space. ) 24.Rb1 Qa7 25.Rb3 'passed pawn' The pawn will be harvested and Larsen then goes to work grinding down Andersson's position, not an easy task against one of the world's best defenders! Nb6 26.Qc3 f6 The diagonal had to be closed. ( 26...Bf8 27.Ne5 ! Nd7 28.Rxa3 Nxe5 29.Qxe5 Qc7 30.Qxc7 Rxc7 31.Rxa6 would be prolonged torture for Black. ) 27.Bh3 Bd8 28.Rxa3 Nd7 'passed pawn' The game enters a technical phase. Black has weaknesses all along the 6th rank. The pawn at e6 is a particularly tempting target. Larsen first ties down the Black forces, then opens the center. His forces quickly overwhelm the token resistance. 29.Qa1 ! Bb7 30.g4 Preventing ...f5. Rc6 31.g5 Bc8 ( 31...f5 32.exf5 gxf5 33.Bxf5 ! ) 32.d4 ! cxd4 33.Nxd4 Rb6 34.Ba5 'passed pawn' The minor pieces do all the work. Black must lose material at b6 or e6. Nc5 35.Rf3 ! Rf8 36.gxf6 Rxf6 37.Bxb6 Qxb6 38.Nxe6 'passed pawn' Fittingly, Black resigned when e6 fell. Despite being protected by four pieces, the knight cannot be captured and White has a decisive advantage. Bxe6 ( 38...Nxe6 39.Rxf6 Bxf6 40.Qxf6 also leads to mate. ) ( 38...Rxe6 39.Qg7# ) ( 38...Qxe6 39.Bxe6+ Bxe6 40.Rxf6 Bxf6 41.Qxf6 and mate next. ) 39.Rxf6 Bxf6 40.Qxf6 and mate is only move. 1-0

I witnessed this fine win. RIP, Bent!>

A first look at the sequel to the move 21...bxa3 suggests that it is a bad mistake, shattering Black's Queen side pawn structure. White is able to occupy the b and a files - whilst compelling Black's Queen to withdraw - and Black's isolated a pawns both become targets. This game warrants looking at further.

Apr-08-18  Saniyat24: Larsen's Queen doing the work disguised as a Rook..."Ulf, Ulf...!"

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