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Florin Gheorghiu vs Lajos Portisch
Monte Carlo (1969), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 4, Apr-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Quiet Variation (C94)  ·  0-1

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77 Rb2+ drew. I suspect the game was adjourned after 77 Ra1 Kb4 and Gheorghiu resigned after analysis. White loses for an extremely subtle reason.

77 Rb2+ Ka5 78 Ra2 Ra6 79 Ra1 Kb4 80 Rb1+ Ka3 81 Ra1+ Kb2 82 Rxa4! Rxa4 83 Kxd6 =

Compare this variation with:

77 Ra1? Kb4 78 Rb1+ Ka5 79 Ra1 Ra6Z
Now if White goes 80 Ra2 Black wins a big tempi on the previous line. If 80 Kd7 Kb4 81 Rb1+ Kc4 xd5. Lastly, if 80 Rb1 a3 wins.

Gheorghiu played a great defence up to 77 Ra1. Sometimes chess can be a cruel game.

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