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Larry Evans vs Konstantin Grivainis
Munich Olympiad qual-2 (1958), Munich FRG, rd 6, Oct-06
Latvian Gambit: Accepted (C40)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: I think black wins with 16...Nf5. If 17. Qf2 then 17...Nd3+. If 17. Qg1 then 17...Nf3+. If 17. Qh3/Qg2 then 17...Qxf4. If 17. fxe5 then 17...Rxe2+ 18. Kd1 (18. Kxe2? Nxg3+ 19. hxg3 Qxe5+) Rxe5.

Also, black would have been a lot better with 31...Qg6+ 32. Rg2/Qg2 (32. Kf2 Rg8) Ng4 instead of the move played.

Mar-10-06  VargPOD: <al wazir>, if black plays 16...Nf5, then he can't play 17...Qxf4, knight is in the way!
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  al wazir: <VargPOD>: Good point.

After 17. Qg2, how about 17...Qh4+ or Nh4 ? After 17. Qh3 I can't think of anything better than retreating the knight on e5, though Rxe2+ is tempting.

Mar-14-06  VargPOD: After 17.Qg2, 17...Nd3+ and 18...Nxf4 looks nice.

But 17.Qh3 seems to hold, since after 17...Rxe2+ 18.Kxe2 knight on e5 is still threatened and I don't see any continuation to the sacrifice. And if 17...Nf7 then 18.d3 and game continuation.

Aug-21-06  you vs yourself: [Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2006.08.21"]
[Round "?"]
[White "youvsyourself"]
[Black "smenke"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1597"]
[BlackElo "1565"]
[ECO "C40"]
[TimeControl "180"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. exf5 e4 4. Nd4 Qf6 5. c3 d5 6. Qh5+ Kd8 7. d3 h6 8. dxe4 dxe4 9. Bc4 c5 10. Ne6+ Bxe6 11. Bxe6 Bd6 12. Qd1 Ke7 13. Nd2 Qe5 14. Nc4 1-0

Sep-28-08  ToTheDeath: During the game all the players in the Olympiad gathered around to watch a nobody playing for South Africa upset the great American player Larry Evans. Tal even asked Grivainis for the score and an interview to publish in a chess column. Alas, Black missed several wins, e.g., 15...Qa6, and after Evans offered a draw on move 21 he declined and went down in flames.

Moral of the story: Don't celebrate too early, and don't enter complications if you can't see them through.

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