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Lajos Portisch vs Karoly Honfi
Alekhine Memorial (1956), Budapest HUN, Mar-??
Tarrasch Defense: Schara Gambit (D32)  ·  1-0



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Dec-27-04  Whitehat1963: Well played by Portisch. But it seems to me that black probably could have found some solutions here. What do the chess engines have to say about this game? Did Honfi blunder or did Portisch just outplay him?
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  Honza Cervenka: 25...Rc8 was a mistake but white had already clear edge anyway. 26.Bxe6 would be a pretty puzzle. White wins Nf6 at least in the final position (27...Qd8 28.Bxf6 ).
Dec-08-12  ughaibu: What's wrong with 26...Qe6?
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  Benzol: Doesn't Black come out a piece down? 26...Qxe6 27.Rxe6 Rxc3 28.Rxf6 or am I missing something?
Dec-08-12  ozmikey: <ughaibu> Just 27. Rxe6 Rxc3 and either 28. Rxf6 or 29. Bxf6 will leave White a piece up in the ending.
Dec-08-12  ughaibu: Oops. Thanks kids.
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  perfidious: In Chess Life and Review, the Spassky-Portisch candidates match from 1977 was published, with most (if not all) of the games being annotated. The writer mentioned the possibility of Spassky's considering the Schara, instead of another form of QGD, but made a remark to the effect that, faced with Portisch's tactical clearheadedness, Spassky might well have come to regret such a decision.

The young master showed plenty of sangfroid in the face of Black's gambit.

On seeing Portisch's treatment of this line, one recalls the aphorism: In a gambit, you give up a pawn for the sake of getting a lost game.

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