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Lajos Portisch vs Walter Browne
Interpolis 6th (1982), Tilburg NED, rd 1, Sep-30
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner Variation. Main Line (E41)  ·  0-1



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Jan-12-10  Rama: Walter gets a good position in which his N has superiority over the B. After white sends his Queen out of play the sac looks sound 30. Qb3 Nxg4!
Feb-17-22  jerseybob: Browne was a Fischer disciple, and this game is very reminiscent of Boris vs. Bobby game 5 in 1972. Portisch's position has the same problems as Spassky did in that iconic game: static weak pawns, blocked bishops and not a trace of counterplay.
Feb-17-22  Olavi: This game and Spassky vs. Fischer are indeed very alike. But Browne's playing style in general was very far from Fischer's classical approach. He was a gambler, in chess as in life, and particularly his objectivism left much to be desired, the one quality that put Fischer and other World Champions above the pack.
Feb-17-22  jerseybob: <Olavi: This game and Spassky vs. Fischer are indeed very alike. But Browne's playing style in general was very far from Fischer's classical approach.> Maybe "acolyte" is the word I should've used, in the sense of one who aspires to follow in the footsteps of the master. Browne was enormously talented; looking at some of the Lopezes and Najdorfs from his prime, it seemed like he was channeling Bobby. They both lived in NYC during the same era, and dropped out of the same High School! But asking him to equal a genius is too much, and unfair.

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