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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Ulf Andersson
"Spirit of '76" (game of the day Feb-27-2012)
Hoogovens (1976), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0
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Feb-27-12
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  piltdown man: An entertaining game!
Feb-27-12
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  Once: <whiteshark> Thanks! I was wondering...
Feb-27-12  goodevans: <solstys: Does anyone know if 24...Nxe5 leaves black better? It doesn't seem like white has a good response.>

I think you're right. White's biggest problem appears to be the pin on his N. That seriously cuts down his attacking options and seems to make black defence relatively easy, e.g. <24...Nxe5 25.Rh4+ Kg8 26.Qxe5 Bd7>

But even without this pin I don't think white has enough. Put the K on h1 instead of g1 and I can't find anything better for white than <24...Nxe5 25.Rh4+ Kg8 26.Qxe5 Qb6 27.a4>, which wins the B but still leaves black better.

So many plaudits for 24.Rf4 when as far as I can see it loses!

Feb-27-12  goodevans: <WhiteRook48: why did Black continue after his Q got pinned?>

Losing Q for R only leaves a small material deficit and perhaps some thoughts of survival. <34.c4> picks up at least another piece.

Feb-27-12
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  Garech: Fantastic game and great pun. 12.e5! was a great conception. Cheers,

-Garech

Feb-27-12  Alphonse1973: Another great game from "Ljubo":
Larsen vs Ljubojevic, 1975
Feb-27-12  Limpin Kt: Agh! Can be a sunday puzzle for me :) i do not play sicilian defense often, cz i find in the resulting type o position one single tactical move equalises for black and i find such positions give white free space advantage- by al means i didn't prepare for sic, and may all the sic followers out these forgive me for the above comment, but hey, i also have heard that king's pawn openings got back seat in high-high-high level chess competition because of c5 reply- high success rate for black!
Feb-27-12  Alphonse1973: Ljubojevic vs Ulf Andersson, 1976

Two decades ago Timman said it was the best game in 25 years.

Feb-27-12  JohnBoy: <Alphonse1973: ... Two decades ago Timman said it was the best game in 25 years.> It may be hard for younger readers here to know just how stunning some of Ljubo's combinations were in the mid 70's. Pre-internet & pre-engine, trying to figure out what was going on in games like this was deeply consuming to the teenager I was at the time.

While Ljubo could never quite best Karpov, he was far more fun to watch.

Feb-27-12
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  kevin86: The "quiet" last move leaves the bishop no place to go and black's game falls like a house of old,wet cards.
Feb-27-12  madlydeeply: < Jim Bartle: "Is this game not the ultimate <ROOK LIFT> game?">

my ultimate rook lift game. 2 Rook lifts and forget about castling. Bah! What a silly coffeehouse game! except it wasn't, it was the first game of world championship match. What balls!

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960

Feb-27-12  LoveThatJoker: I noticed that this was today's GOTD, but didn't click on the game as I was more enthralled with kibitzing and having some fun with Guess-the-Move.

I played a game by GM Reshevsky and surpassed par by a decent margin which was nice. I then realized that I had yet to look at the GOTD so decided to specifically ask Guess-the-Move to find it for me so I could give it a shot.

Par on this game is 35. I finished with 45.

It feels good to finish with a good/decent score, but man that was tough! I felt like I was playing a serious tournament game.

Guess-the-Move is intense!

LTJ

Feb-27-12
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  Penguincw: A fairly nice way to start the year of 1976.
Feb-27-12  scormus: <Alphonse1973: Ljubojevic vs Ulf Andersson, 1976 Two decades ago Timman said it was the best game in 25 years.>

Two decades, that was .... when Timman was a force to be reckoned with. If he thought it was that good it must have been special.

I can only say I was in awe of Ljubos vision and tactical virtuosity as I played it through. Amazing play.

<LTJ> 45, well done. A great score on such a game. No wonder you felt you were playing a tough match. I probably wouldnt have got much over 20 against a par 35. I think I only once beat par out of about 6 goes at guess the move, and that game didnt have this level of tactics.

Feb-27-12  scormus: <solstys ... 24 ... Nxe5> Youre right, a big improvement on the game move. 25 Rh4+ and Qxe5 was the best I could find. W threatens Rch3, can he make something work? But he's 1 minor vs. 2 and the 1 is pinned. Difficult.
Feb-27-12  GBKnight: In Timman's "The Art Of Chess Analysis" (1980) he suggests that Andersson showed 12 e5 to be premature, and comments that "If this is good then black can't play the Sicilian anymore". Still a fantastic game for all that.
Feb-27-12  LoveThatJoker: <scormus> Thanks, man! Yeah seriously: It felt like playing a serious tournament game!

Being like 99.99999% sure that it was the GOTD for today - as in the Guess-the-Move search function I typed 'Andersson' and '1976' (guessing that was the year due to the pun on the homepage) - it was like double incentive to do better and hence double the pressure!

LTJ

Feb-28-12
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  DarthStapler: Also once I recreated this game on ICC with some guy so we could trick his friends into thinking he won it
May-16-12  recon: Why didnt black take white queen@ move19
May-16-12  recon: Pardon me. Black queen.
May-16-12
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  keypusher: <recon> I think you mean move 20 -- but then 20....Nxe2+ forks white's king and queen.
Apr-16-15  Howard: By the way, we do know that (contrary to what Chess Life & Review and also the Informant said back in '76), that 30.Qe4 did NOT force a win after all, contrary to its threatening appearance.

No one here has pointed that out, though Timman's book certainly does.

Apr-16-15
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  keypusher: <Howard>

<Apr-17-04 dac1990: Analyzed by Timman is 30. ... Qxa2, which gives Black counterplay and drawing chances. Certainly better than 30. ... g5.>

Jan-06-16  clement41: Amazing game; plenty of tactical sidelines! Such as after 17...Nxd3 & 21...b6
Mar-03-17  Olavi: The usual problem about nomenclature. It says Bastrikov variation, but after ten move it's the most classic Scheveningen possible.
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