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Albin Planinc vs Florin Gheorghiu
"De Plan! De Plan!" (game of the day Aug-24-2009)
Vidmar Memorial (1969), Ljubljana YUG, rd 15, Jun-20
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0



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Sep-04-06  rudysanford: "With one round to go Planinc was half a point ahead of Gligoric, though a tie seemed the most likely result, for Gligoric was to play the tailender, Stupica, while Planinc had a much more dangerous opponent in grandmaster Gheorghiu. Many players in Planinc's place would have been content with a tie and have used the advantage of the white pieces to obtain the necessary half point. As things turned out this would have been easy to achieve, for Gheorghiu offered him a draw twice during the game. The young player, however, had other ideas and first sacrificed a pawn in an unclear position and then later mad a perfectly correct rook sacrifice. The game, which turned out to be one of the most beautiful of the tournament, gave Planinc the final point, which caused a great sensation in the world of chess. An unknown player had won first prize and had satisfied the standard for the award of the grandmaster title- a title which he could not recievee because the FIDE rules do not permit such jumps. A player first has to be a master before he can become a grandmaster."

Decisive Games in Chess History - Ludek Pachman

Aug-24-09  Mammothrib: I love Planinc's games. I swear sometimes material means absolutely nothing to him if it means he can carry out some genius plan. Every game is a pleasure.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Planinc's history is so sad, because at his best, his games could prove as astounding as Tal's or Nezhmetdinov's. For me, the most stunning move of the game is 28.a3. Can Black really be so tied up that White can take a time out and obviate potential back rank mates? Evidently yes.
Aug-24-09  slomarko: blunder by black here:

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he played Rb8?? where d5 instead would probably win for black

Aug-24-09  RandomVisitor: After 13...0-0-0

1: Albin Planinc - Florin Gheorghiu, Vidmar mem Ljubljana 1969

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <17-ply>

<1. (0.57): 14.a3> Kb8 15.Qh4 Rc8 16.Nd5 Rg8 17.Rg1 Qd8 18.Qh5 Rg7 19.Bd3 e6 20.Nb4 Bb7 21.g3

<2. (0.57): 14.Be2> e6 15.a3 Qb6 16.Bf3 Qc5 17.Ne2 Kb8 18.Qa5 Rc8 19.Rd3 Be7 20.Rc3 Qa7 21.Rd1 Rhg8 22.Nd4

Aug-24-09  RandomVisitor: The fatal mistake appears to be 23...Bxd1??

Black can likely hold with 23...Qxd4 24.Rb7+ Ke8 25.Rxd4 and now:

1: Albin Planinc - Florin Gheorghiu, Vidmar mem Ljubljana 1969

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <19-ply>

1. = (-0.10): 25...Rg8 26.a4 Rxg2 27.a5 Be4 28.Bb5+ Kf8 29.Rc7 Rb8 30.Rb4 Rc2 31.Rxc2 Bxc2 32.a6 Ke7 33.b3 Be4 34.Kb2 Ra8 35.Rc4 Kd8 36.Rc1 Rc8 37.Rxc8+ Kxc8 38.Kc3 Kc7 39.Kd4

2. = (-0.10): 25...Be4 26.Bb5+ Kf8 27.Rc7 Rg8 28.a4 Rxg2 29.a5 Rb8 30.Rb4 Rc2 31.Rxc2 Bxc2 32.a6 Ke7 33.b3 Be4 34.Kb2 Ra8 35.Rc4 Kd8 36.Rc1 Rc8 37.Rxc8+ Kxc8 38.Kc3 Kc7 39.Kd4

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  Once: Ah, a pun referring to Fantasy Island!

On the eponymous tropical island, Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize - Knick Knack in The Man with the Golden Gun) would see a small plane approaching. He would turn to Mr Roarke (played by Ricardo Montalban - Khan in Star Trek II) and cry "the plane! the plane!"

And after the plane had landed, Ricardo would say mellifluously "Welcome to fantasy island".

As fine a piece of seventies cheese as you could ever hope to see. Take 10 bonus points if you can do the accents!

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  Once: Enjoyable sequence at the end, where white maneouvres to win the black rook on b8. Black tries two defences which white needs to sidestep. Here's the position after 25... Rb8

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26. Qa4+ Kd5 (Forced. 26...Qb5 27. Qxb5#)

27. Qb3+ (27. a3 also works) Kc6

White now threatens 28. Qxb8 Rxb8 29. Qxb8. But he can't play it straight away as black has either Qc1# or Qg1 leading to #. So white has to prepare a bolthole for his king with 28. a3

Now moving the Rb8 (say by 28...Rbg8) allows white to play 29. Qa4+ Kd5 30. Rb5 and black is royally stuffed. So black plays against the loose Ba6 with 28...Qa5, leading to this position:

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If white snaffles the b8 and h8 rooks, black gets the a6 bishop with a chance to survive the endgame. 29. Rxb8 Rxb8 30. Qxb8 Qxa6. So white needs to force the queen away from the Ba6.

29. Qc2+ Qc5 (Forced as 29...Kd5 30. Qc4#)

30. Qa4+. The same check as on move 26, except this time there is no back rank mate for black and the white Ba6 is not being attacked. Rxb8 is coming and this time there is no defence.

30... Kd5 31. Qb3+ and it is time to resign.

Aug-24-09  randomsac: Mate by Qd3# is inevitable
Aug-24-09  NARC: I like this game, and I love the pun.
10. Qe1 intending 28. a3 looks just like
a school example from Euwes "Judgement and planning in chess". Also I much appreciate the Rybka "check". Which processor strength is Rybka running on your box RandomVisitor? Slomarko: I think b4 is a good reply to 25. d5. I have had a beer, but in this type of positions it only improves assessment.
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  sbevan: Thanks for the analysis
<RandomVisitor: The fatal mistake appears to be 23...Bxd1??

Black can likely hold with 23...Qxd4 24.Rb7+ Ke8 25.Rxd4 and now:> I wondered about 23...Qxd4 and your post clarified it.

Aug-24-09  xequemate: unhappy Gheorghiu, lost two games today, this and the puzzle
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  FSR: Is today "Crack Off Gheorghiu Day" or something?
Aug-24-09  WhiteRook48: spectacular tactics
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  kevin86: A real swashbuckler;white wins in the beginning and in the end-but not without fighting a counter by the Romanian.
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  tpstar: Wär es nicht so schaurig (1. e4 c5), so entsetzlich traurig (2. Nf3 d6), ja man würde lachen ohne End (3. d4 cxd4)/Ich möchte einen sehen (4. Nxd4 Nf6), der da nicht lachen kann (5. Nc3 a6), sobald es in der Hose brennt (6. Bg5 Nc6), jaja (7. Qd2 Bd7)/Es ist nicht einfach zu berichten (8. 0-0-0 b5), wo und wie (9. Nxc6 Bxc6), jedoch geschehen ist es letztes Jahr (10. Qe1 Qa5)/Und wenn ich heute noch am Leben wär (11. Kb1 h6), ich könnte zeigen wie es wirklich war (12. Bxf6 gxf6)/Und zwar (13. f4 0-0-0), wir steigen ein (14. h4 e6), die erste Klasse sitzt bereits (15. Rh3 b4) und everybody's on a comfort seat [last book move]/Eine Dame ohne Herrn erkennt mich gleich (16. Ne2 Bxe4), sie meint "Rap it to the beat" (17. Nd4 f5)/Sofort überprüf' ich nüchtern (18. Ra3 Qc5), keine Spur von schüchtern (19. Bxa6+ Kd7), ob der Nagellack ihr farblich paßt [19. Rxa6? Bg7 20. Qf2 e5 ]/Wäre mir bewußt wie es nun weitergeht (20. Rb3 Bg7), ich hätte andere Pläne wohl gefaßt [Worse is 20 ... Bxg2 21. Rxb4 Rg8 22. Bb7 ], oder auch nicht (21. Qxb4 Bxd4)/AUS, STOP, RETOUR! (22. Qxd4 Bxc2+)/WO IS MEI FALLSCHIRM NUR? (23. Ka1 Bxd1??)/o o o o o o [23 ... Qxd4 saving the game 24. Rb7+ Ke8 25. Rxd4 Rg8 ]/OH-OH-OH (24. Rb7+ Kc6) [ ]/AUS, STOP, MOMENT! (25. Qxd1 Rb8)/DER LETZTE ENGEL RENNT (26. Qa4+ Kd5)/Das ist kein Wunder (27. Qb3+ Kc6), weil Maschine brennt! (28. a3 Qa5)/AUS, STOP, RETOUR! (29. Qc2+ Qc5), WO IS MEI FALLSCHIRM NUR? (30. Qa4+ Kd5)/o o o o o o (31. Qb3+)/OH-OH-OH (1-0) - Falco + Fritz 7, "Maschine Brennt"
Oct-12-13  Cemoblanca: Mr. Plan Inc. at work. ;) Great game.

<tpstar> LOL!!!

Dec-28-15  offramp: <The Bicycle Thieves>.
Feb-07-16  luftforlife: <An Englishman: "Planinc's history is so sad, because at his best, his games could prove as astounding as Tal's or Nezhmetdinov's.">

Here is an instance in which Planinc surpassed Nezhmetdinov:

A Planinc vs P Ostojic, 1965

Thank you for your kibitzes, which I enjoy greatly, and from which I learn so much.

Best wishes. ~ lufty

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