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Nikola Padevsky vs Bent Larsen
Moscow Olympiad Final-A (1956), Moscow URS, rd 1, Sep-10
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  0-1

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Nov-21-06  Poulsen: Larsen in his breakthrough at Moskau-olympics.

After this cruelling defeat Padevsky lost his next two games as well.

Aug-08-07  heuristic: 31...Rxg2+ is a brillant way to win. But ....
It seems like the game centers around the control of the d-file.

15.Qf3 is ugly and weak. 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.Rad1 looks better and controls the d-file.

17.Qg3 misses the point. 17.Rad1 Bxe4 18.Qf4 Qxf4 19.Rxf4 forces the Queen exchange and gets the d-file.

18.Rae1 is weak. 18.Rad1 Rad8 19.c3 keeps focused on the d-file.

I don't like Larsen's 21...Rd3. (or maybe i don't understand it!) 21...Bd5 22.Bxd5 Rxd5 is in keeping my theme of d-file control.

23...Qf5 is odd. The exchange of Queens doesn't keep up the pressure. 24.Qxf5 exf5 25.Bg5 and White is back in the game. The alternative 23...Qg4 (or Qg6) keeps the Queen around.

White's idea of the Queen on the "far side" of the board is strange. To me, 29.Qc1 seems better. However, with the Queen on the a-file; White had a chance to stop the fireworks : 31.Qa8+ Kh7 32.Qf3. and this game doesn't seem that attractive anymore.

Aug-08-07
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  Troller: <I don't like Larsen's 21...Rd3. (or maybe i don't understand it!) 21...Bd5 22.Bxd5 Rxd5 is in keeping my theme of d-file control.> You could argue that ..Rd3 is doubling on the d-file, keeping within the theme. And it does look like a good square.

<23...Qf5 is odd.> Yes, but after the queen exchange, the exchange should win on the open files. 25.Bg5 Re8 takes control of both center files. Black will then position his bishop in such ways that it either wins or White will have to exchange it. If the bishop pair is gone, White will lose simply.

<31.Qa8+ Kh7 32.Qf3. and this game doesn't seem that attractive anymore.> Well, again Black could simply exchange queens and take on b2/a2, play Bd5 etc. Easy win, but of course not very attractive. At this point, White needed some wild tactics to keep the game going, and exchanging queens would not facilitate that.

And yes, White should probably have kept his queen around, instead of placing it way offside like that. But then he was already two pawns down, so Black could force exchanges into a winning ending.

All that said, White was actually throwing the game away on moves 14-18 as you also suggest. After that it is mostly a matter of how to win it. Have you noticed the number of moves the White queen makes?

Jul-24-16  fispok: 21..Rd3 also pins the DSB to the queen, and buys enough time to stack his rooks.
May-17-20  seneca16: Does white win after 18. Rf4 Qe5 19. Bd4
Qg4 20. Rg5? or 18. Qg6 Rg4 19. Qf6 Rf1?
May-17-20  Muttley101: <seneca16: Does white win after 18. Rf4 Qe5 19. Bd4 Qg4 20. Rg5? or 18. Qg6 Rg4 19. Qf6 Rf1?>

Thanks for commenting, seneca.

Can I suggest that if 18, Rf4 Qe5 19. Bd4 black pin with 19 ... Bd4?

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