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Bent Larsen vs Garry Kasparov
"Fifty Shades Of Garry" (game of the day Oct-31-2020)
SWIFT Tournament 2nd (1987), Brussels BEL, rd 8, Apr-20
Tarrasch Defense: Classical Variation (D34)  ·  0-1



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Oct-31-20  SeanAzarin: Why did Larsen continue to play after Kasparov's 37th move? The position is hopeless.
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  al wazir: <SeanAzarin: Why did Larsen continue to play after Kasparov's 37th move?> You could equally well ask, Why did he not play on after 43...f6?
Oct-31-20  Olavi: They played on in serious timetrouble, not knowing whether 40 moves had been made - well of course both knew, but Larsen continued through inertia.
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  HeMateMe: a lot of players don't like the pawn advance in those positions, black playing c4 in the opening, sometimes leading to a weak center. Kasparov demonstrates how it can work, by recapturing a pawn on c4 with his Rook.
Oct-31-20  goodevans: A little surprising that Kasparov effectively offered his opponent an early draw with <11...a6>. After <12.Nxc6 bxc6> Larsen could have taken the undefended pawn with <13.Qxc6>.

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If Larsen had accepted (and kudos to him that he didn't) then Kasparov would have had nothing better than 13...Bd7 14.Qb7 Rb8 15.Qxa6 Ra8 16.Qb7 Rb8 17.Qa6, etc..

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  Messiah: Extremely high quality pun for a really, really interesting game! High appraisals!
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  keypusher: <good Evans> An early draw is generally not a worry against Larsen!
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  takchess: What no Halloween Gambit today?
Oct-31-20  morfishine: All things considered, a very ghoul game
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  Messiah: <takchess: What no Halloween Gambit today?>

This is a surprisingly good question, and I became a little bit dumbfounded by the decision of CG, after reading your commentary. Anyway, I think they are preparing greater surprises for the community.

Oct-31-20  morfishine: How bout 50 tons of vanity

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