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Bent Larsen vs Svetozar Gligoric
Vinkovci (1970), Vinkovci YUG, rd 12, Oct-18
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-19-05  Ingolf: White's extreme flank pawns display a tremendous activity. At move 23, they are both only two squares away from promotion. Btw, 26.Nb7! initiates a brilliant exchange combination. Larsen must have seen at this point that black can't protect his a7 pawn five moves later.
Mar-19-05  ughaibu: You cant reasonably describe a pawn as being "only two squares away from promotion" when it's blocked by an opposing pawn.
Mar-19-05  Ingolf: Fair enough, let's say two squares away from the promotion square, then. But if there's a road block two kilometers from where you live, you're still two kilometers away from home, though it might be harder to get there.
Feb-04-08  notyetagm: <Ingolf: White's extreme flank pawns display a tremendous activity. At move 23, they are both only two squares away from promotion.>

Position after 23 a5-a6!

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Feb-04-08  HOTDOG: 25...Nxa5 should have been played;Gligoric made only one serious mistake with 25...Nd4? but it was decisive
Feb-04-08  notyetagm: This game is a -great- example of Larsen's predilection for advancing his rook pawns.
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  Troller: In the celebration issue of "Skakbladet" (celebrating Larsen's 75th birthday), Nielsen annotates this game as Larsen's immortal rook-pawn-game.

At move 11 White has the choice of 11.e5, after which exchanges may soon occur, maybe leading to a drawish position. Black on his side is ready to play 11..d5, but after 11.h4!? Black must contemplate 11..d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.h5 which feels a little awkward. After move 23 the rook pawns are ideally placed:

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Mar-07-11  Nilsson: 1970, Larsen and Gligoric belong to the top ten players in the world I think. Can the rating really be true? 2415 for Larsen and 2447 for Gligoric.
I thought that they should have at least 2600.
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  perfidious: The first FIDE ratings were released in 1970, but I doubt those given herein have anything to do with reality-more than likely, they're the 'current' ones for both.
Mar-07-11  Nilsson: Ok perfidious:(Thank´s a lot for answer) Now I understand. Of course they should have ratings like 2600-2650. ( Nowadays, there is a little bit inflation.) Most of the early games you see here in is rating ?? ??. My rating in correspondence chess is 2528, ( I´m an Senior International Master ) I´m just to start up in Olympic 19 qualification, section II on board 1. Representing Sweden. Start 10/3 2011. My rating OTB, over the board, we can talk about another time! /JN
May-14-14  Howard: Quite a game by Larsen !

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