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Bent Larsen vs Viktor Korchnoi
SWIFT Tournament 2nd (1987), Brussels BEL, rd 6, Apr-16
English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General (A11)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 4...Qb6 contains a number of nasty traps in this variation of the Reti (not an English, as classified here), and I'm surprised that it isn't played more often. This game features a brutal pounding of Bent Larsen. After he misses 5...e5!, the game is pretty much over; at the end there's no defense to the threat of ...Qxg3.
Mar-23-05  Achilles87: Using my version of shredder it would take another 38 moves for black to win, although white would want to surrender after 5. So that would make 33 moves of fruitless struggle but at least its better to die fighting?
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  whiteshark: Was this a 5min blitz game?
(as there are 2 more 1987 Bruxelles 5min games between these players in the database)
Jul-07-13  RookFile: Larsen looks like one of Morphy's opponents in this game. It's pretty ridiculous, this is his own opening, yet he gets slapped around.
Jan-16-14  john barleycorn: 7....h5 reminds of Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 which also ended after 17 moves.
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  keypusher: <The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!>

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  nick41chess: poor opening, poor result
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  GrahamClayton: Position after 5...e5:

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6. ♘xe5 ♕d4 forks the knight and the rook:

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  perfidious: Bit of a caveman approach--an unusual one for the mature Korchnoi--but as noted, after 5....e5, Black already has a clear advantage.
Feb-03-20  amadeus: <<whiteshark:> Was this a 5min blitz game? (as there are 2 more 1987 Bruxelles 5min games between these players in the database)>

No, the 2nd S.W.I.F.T. tournament was a classical round robin, 12 players, category XIV. The blitz championship was organised right after the classical tournament, with Winants and Meulders being replaced by Hübner – who had recovered by then from an illness which forced him to withdraw from the 2nd SWIFT – and Sosonko.

The winners of the 2nd SWIFT tournament were Kasparov and Ljubojevic (8.5/11). The winner of the "World" blitz championship was Kasparov (17/22), with Timman in second (15/22) and Karpov and Ljubo sharing third place (12.5/22).

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  FSR: I tried submitting <Bent Out of Shape> as a pun for this game, but someone beat me to it.

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