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Bent Larsen vs Henrique Mecking
Palma de Mallorca (1969), Palma ESP, rd 1, Nov-22
Hungarian Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A00)  ·  0-1



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Mar-12-06  Al Notation: What a game...player of the day outplayed one of the best modern hypermodern GMs at his own game! Notable was 13...Nxb4, playing his own game more than responding to Larsen. Mecking makes his forced exchanges more threatening to Larsen (24...Qxd4 and 29...Rxd4). In 36...Rxg4 we see that two major pieces can dance on the head of a pin!
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  wwall: Instead of 27.Re1, perhaps 27.h5 gxh5 28.Qb1 and 29.c4.

After 29...Rxf4, Black threatens 30...Qxf2+. But instead of 30.Qe2??, perhaps 30.Re3, then 31.Qe2.

Instead of 30....Qd5+, made in time pressure, best is 30...Re8! since 31.Qxe8 fails to 31.Qxf2+ and 31.Qd2 fails to 31...Qd5+ 32.Re4 (32.Kh2 Rxh4) Rfxe4 33.dxe4 Qxd2.

Instead of 31.f3, Mecking said that 31.Kg1 would have caused Black more problems. After 31.Kg1, perhaps 31...Rbf8 32.c4 bxc4 33.dxc4 Rxc4 34.Rd2 or 34.Rd1.

37.Kh1 is the losing move. Better may be 37.Kf1 Rg4 38.Re4 Rxf3 39.Rxf3 Rxf3+ 40.Ke1

Dec-25-09  parisattack: This White setup is actually Duncan Suttles patent; quite a few examples in the Chess on the Edge series.

Larsen occasionally lost the thread of things (I am thinking esp of the Larsen-Spassky 1970 Nimzo-Larsen Arrack game) - a risk one takes for pushing the window. But by doing so he rehabilitated a lot of openings and variations -and, of course, collected quite a few scalps (I am thinking esp of Larsen-Geller 1960 King's Indian Attack).

Jul-19-19  seneca16: It seems to me that white wastes time playing on the queenside where he is weaker. He should play in the center and on the kingside. After the center pawn exchange white has no play anywhere.

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