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Aivars Gipslis vs Bent Larsen
Sousse Interzonal (1967), Sousse TUN, rd 12, Oct-31
Alekhine Defense: Exchange Variation (B03)  ·  0-1

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Sep-05-09  vonKrolock: In the Sousse Interzonal, black won every game starting <1.e4 ♘f6>. This one was selected and commented by Larsen in his own <Book>
Sep-06-09  vonKrolock: <25...♕g5>


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The move ♙f2-f4 suggests itself - An immediate ♘ or ♖ to 'e3' are discarted for tactical grounds, so after ♕e7 the consequences of a hole in 'e3' are not decisive - the black attack would still be limited by the lack of further developments (the ♕ now in front of the ♖, for instance) and, also, white's latent threat of ♙ f4-f5-f6 would start soon to get importance - therefore, and finally due to the lack of options, white should play 26.f4... This was squarely the ▢ in this instance

<26.♔h2>? Overlooking the sequence leading to the ▢ loss of the 'd4' ♙... Larsen remarks - quote <"I am surprised every time such simple means lead to a winning position against a grandmaster">

Mar-15-11  ForeverYoung: It is amazing how smoothly Larsen puts away his opponent after winning that pawn with the surprising shot ... Nb2!
Mar-20-11  ozmikey: Very nice game from Larsen...a good demonstration of how Black can win in this sometimes joyless variation of the Alekhine, by making the most of his pressure against d4. I like the way that even once Larsen can safely capture the pawn, he holds off doing so until the most favourable moment. That's one of the differences between an ordinary player and a GM, I think!
Apr-11-13  Conrad93: No mention of 13. b4??
That's what lost this game.
Mar-03-21  vonKrolock: Yes, Larsen gives one question marks to quite a few of White's moves, including <13.b4> , and says that Pawn to h3 was the alternative. There's still much profit in purchasing the classic books.

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