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Ulf Andersson vs Bent Larsen
Palma de Mallorca (1971), Palma ESP, rd 14, Dec-16
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  1-0


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  Chessical: Larsen defends well and for a long time. He wants more, and overplays his hand with <33...d4> which loses a pawn. After this there is a gritty fight, as Anderssen advances his d pawn in the face of stiff resistance.

This must have been a very tiring game for both players who overlook that Larsen could have drawn, despite being a pawn down, with <61...Kd8> which is a three-fold repetition. Perhaps both players were also in time trouble as Andersson could have won outright with <62.Nc7+>.

The final position is totally won for Andersson.

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  Mateo: Until black 33rd move the ending was equal. As Chessical notice, 33... d4? is not good. Larsen would have mantained an equal play with 33... a4. Maybe 36. b3?! (xc3) is not the best as black could have played 36... Rc6! (37. Nxb4 Rc3) instead of 36... Be7?!, and it looks like white loses a part of his advantage. 36. Kd3 may be a better move. Chessical is also right about Larsen's awful 61st move. It is true that 62. Nc7+ wins (this way: 62... Kd7 63. Ne6+ Kc8 64. Rc7+ Kb8 65. Kg3 Rf1 66. Rd7! and Rd8+ on the next move). But what Andersson played 62. Kg3 wins anyway.
Dec-30-11  outplayer: i've played this same variation as white and my opponent has played 14... 0-0-0. Is this a good option?
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  keypusher: <outplayer: i've played this same variation as white and my opponent has played 14... 0-0-0. Is this a good option?> No, because of 15.Nxf7.
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