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Bent Larsen vs Boris De Greiff
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 18, Sep-04
Bird Opening: Batavo-Polish Attack (A02)  ·  0-1



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Jan-13-11  KokeFischer: This is a strange game. It seemed that White was winning and -for me suddenly- it happened the opposite. I could not find the turning point (of course, the loss of white knight is a clue)
Jan-14-11  nescio: <KokeFischer> I don't think Black was ever in danger of losing. With the white king exposed the white c-pawn isn't decisive and they could have settled for a draw after 45...Bf8. Larsen however was never one to disappoint the chess fans and played on till he made the final mistake.

Black might have won by 19...Bxc3 (instead of 19...Bc4) or perhaps 24...Qd3 (instead of 24...Rd8), wirh the idea 25...Rb8 and 26...Rb1+, after which the passed a-pawn wins the game.

Aug-29-16  zydeco: 54.Qd7 looks strong but white probably missed that after 54....hxg4 55.Kxg4 (if 55.Qxg4 Qxc6 black is up a pawn) black has a horrific mating net with 55....Qg8+ and then 56.Kh3 Qg3# or 56.Kf5 Qg6# or 56.Kh4 Qg3+ 57.Kh5 Qxf3+ 58.Kh4 (or 58.Qg4 Qxc6) Qg3+ 59.Kh5 Qg5# or 56.Qh5 Qg6+ leading to the same variation.

The finish by the way is 67.Qh4 Qf5+.

Dec-18-16  Eduardo Bermudez: The key to this game is very simple, Larsen wanted to win over everything and his opponent gave him checkmate !

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