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Walter Shawn Browne vs Vlastimil Hort
"Hort's to Laugh" (game of the day Nov-02-2013)
Hoogovens (1975), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Czech Defense (B08)  ·  0-1


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Nov-14-04  kostich in time: this is a very nice game by Hort..Nc2!! is a wonderful conception. The Kavalek Tournament book (which is one of the best ever written in in humor) says that after this game, hort went to a restaurant and ordered a huge steak.."he deserved it"
Jul-19-05  lentil: 41. Qxb4 Bxg2+
Jun-29-08  ToTheDeath: 23...Nc2 is a move that requires a great deal of courage-- the queen can so easily get trapped, yet Hort saw that his active pieces favored him.
Aug-04-10  BwanaVa: Actually, the full comment was to the effect:

After the game Browne said "I should have offered you a draw after 27.Rc1-you'd have taken it!" Hort just smiled and went to a restaurant and ordered an enormous steak-he deserved it!"

Truly one of the great tournaments and great tournament books.

Aug-20-10  LIFE Master AJ: I think they printed this game in the USCF chess magazine ... and I went over it.

To see it again ... after so many years ... makes me feel very old. ***sigh***

Nov-02-13  hellopolgar: Hurts to Laugh.
Nov-02-13  hellopolgar: 40. ... Bxc3 is just as good.
Nov-02-13  fokers13: nope white grabs the b7 pawn and his a passer is momentarily dangerous.

you could say black still wins but Rxc3 is a much more forceful(and probably better) move.

Nov-02-13  Kikoman: position after 40...Rxc3

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  kevin86: Black really has the upper hand here-a material advantage and an activity advantage.
Nov-02-13  hellopolgar: Engine gives the position after 40. ... Bxc3 -9.74, there is really not much white can do :)
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  HeMateMe: This is some wild s____!
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  Fusilli: Beautiful example of active play. The whole game Hort seems to have put his pieces in the most active and dynamic squares.
Nov-30-17  Howard: This game not only appeared in the May, 1975 issue of CL&R, but it also came in the top 2-3 places as far as best games of Informant 19.
Dec-13-17  Howard: Oops! It did NOT make the top 2-3 games after all---in fact, it didn't make the list at all! Just looked it up last night. Must have been had my mind on the Republican tax bill.

Sorry about that!

Dec-13-17  Howard: Another website not only states that 31...Rxd5 would have been stronger, but that 32.Nxa5 would have left Black with no advantage, according to Stockfish.
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