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Albin Planinc
Compiled by TheAlchemist
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Albin Planinc was one of the most daring players of his time and loved by chess fans all over the world because of his play. This is just a small tribute to one of the best Slovenian players ever to engage in this endeavor we call chess.

20...Nd2!! - what a move!
R Bogdanovic vs A Planinc, 1965 
(C16) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 0-1

His first win published worldwide
A Planinc vs Matulovic, 1965 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

Another inspired game
K Grigorian vs A Planinc, 1965 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 26 moves, 0-1

An amazing queen sacrifice forcing a won endgame
A Planinc vs S Marangunic, 1969 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

The evergreen King's gambit
A Planinc vs A Matanovic, 1969 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

Planinc introduced 5...b5 to modern practice
Unzicker vs A Planinc, 1969 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 0-1

A brilliant game sealed the win at the 1st Vidmar memorial
A Planinc vs Gheorghiu, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

The wandering King
A Planinc vs Lutikov, 1969 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

19.Re5! or how to take advantage of a pin
A Planinc vs Ulf Andersson, 1970 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 36 moves, 1-0

Planinc wins a fine tactical battle
A Planinc vs Podgaets, 1970 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 20 moves, 1-0

Once again, typical Planinc
A Planinc vs H Gerenski, 1970 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Another wild affair
H Westerinen vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

A nice win in the endgame
A Planinc vs S Mariotti, 1970 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 1-0

Defeating the 6-time US champion
Browne vs A Planinc, 1970 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 42 moves, 0-1

A beautiful win with the French
Tringov vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

Another brilliant Queen sacrifice
Ljubojevic vs A Planinc, 1971 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

Gufeld was too optimistic
Gufeld vs A Planinc, 1971
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 0-1

A nice win with black
C Sumiacher vs A Planinc, 1971 
(A15) English, 24 moves, 0-1

C Guillermo Poch vs A Planinc, 1971 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 27 moves, 0-1

A beautiful final attack
Kurajica vs A Planinc, 1972 
(C16) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 0-1

The rampaging queen
A Planinc vs M Jovcic, 1972 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

A queen trap and nice final attack
A Planinc vs V Kovacevic, 1972 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

Planinc destroys the local hero
J H Donner vs A Planinc, 1973 
(A61) Benoni, 22 moves, 0-1

Beating Najdorf's Najdorf
A Planinc vs Najdorf, 1973 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 20 moves, 1-0

The Benoni was another of Planinc' s pet variations
D Marovic vs A Planinc, 1973
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 28 moves, 0-1

Smejkal forgot that after Bd7 the pawn on e4 was edible
Smejkal vs A Planinc, 1973 
(E68) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4, 38 moves, 0-1

Planinc sacrifices in endings too
G Forintos vs A Planinc, 1974 
(A61) Benoni, 29 moves, 0-1

Planinc wins a fine tactical battle
A Planinc vs Timman, 1974 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

Planinc's masterpiece
Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

Even the Soviet champion was helpless
A Planinc vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B89) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

A positional piece sacrifice that pays out
A J Mestel vs A Planinc, 1974 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 76 moves, 0-1

Planinc's most stunning queen sacrifice
Minic vs A Planinc, 1975 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 0-1

This is how Planinc fought the Alekhine defence
A Planinc vs M Vukic, 1975 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Another quick kill in the Alekhine defence
A Planinc vs V Kovacevic, 1978 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

The swan song
A Planinc vs J Pokojowczyk, 1979 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

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