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Lajos Portisch vs Bent Larsen
Las Palmas (1972), Las Palmas ESP, rd 3, May-31
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Bernstein Defense (E56)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Position after <41...Kxf7>

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- Black is a pawn down,
- with 3 weak pawn islands,
- his Rooks are not connected,
- his King is unprotected in-between.

Larsen's fine combined ♕+passed♙ pressing secured victory rather soom.

May-24-12  Anderssen99: Why didn't Portisch play 40.Qe4!! ? It is crushing.
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  NM JRousselle: If 40 Qe4, can Black respond Rg2+?
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  Sastre: 40.Qe4 Rxg2+ 41.Kxg2 wins.
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  diceman: <Anderssen99: Why didn't Portisch play 40.Qe4!! ? It is crushing.>

He wasn’t exactly losing after Rhf7+.
This was probably the time control, no telling how much time he had left.

Jun-20-12  Anderssen99: diceman: I pointed out 40.Qe4!! to those who like to see the strongest moves, not to criticise chess giants. Portisch is undoubtedly a superb player and I really like his elegant style.
Jun-20-12  King Death: < diceman: <Anderssen99: Why didn't Portisch play 40.Qe4!! ? It is crushing.> He wasn’t exactly losing after Rhf7+.
This was probably the time control, no telling how much time he had left.>

Both moves win, as far as the time control, it was the last move for Portisch. Back then international events were played at 40/ 2 1-2.

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  Tabanus: For this, Portisch won the prize for best end game.

Feb-15-14  Granny O Doul: It's true, Portisch would not have won the best ending prize after 40. Qe4.

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