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Bent Larsen vs Paul Keres
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 5, Nov-24
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  0-1


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Feb-18-05  Poulsen: Larsen at his worst - in the years, where his instability became evident for everyone.

Here he is pressing on for a win - but ends up losing against one of those players he never really got a hold of - despite advantage in age.

Feb-18-05  euripides: <Poulsen> Interesting, and quite painful to watch. After 60 Kg5 alarm bells should be going off in White's mind even before he sees a concrete threat. In those days the time limits were typically at 40 and 56 moves, but move 60 might well have been in the second session if it overran or if it went on to move 72. Keres the gentleman probably felt quite bad about this - like the game Tal won from Spassky in the Soviet championship in 1958 that set Spassky back some years.
Feb-18-05  WMD: <Keres the gentleman probably felt quite bad about this> Off-stage, I reckon he was laughing his head off.
Feb-18-05  euripides: <WMD> On reflection I have to agree he may have got over the angst reasonably quickly.
Jan-09-08  ughaibu: No comment on here, re Fischer, by RookFile, then?
Jan-09-08  Riverbeast: Sometimes I think the most dangerous situation to be in, in chess, is having a slight advantage but it's not enough to win....Many times it seems, something like this happens...the side with the 'advantage' doesn't want to give draw, so he presses too hard and loses
Jan-09-08  docofthree: i agree with riverbeast if larsen can't force a trade of queens he should have accepted a draw.
Jan-09-08  RookFile: If Larsen had just played 45. fxg6, he has a can't lose advantage.
Feb-07-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: How about simple 48.Qf3 instead of 48.f3?
Feb-07-08  Riverbeast: <If Larsen had just played 45. fxg6, he has a can't lose advantage.>

Yes but it still looks like a theoretical draw: 3 on 2, in a queen (or rook) ending is practically impossible to win unless the stronger side has some positional advantages.

Larsen should have known that. Maybe his tournament standing compelled him to play it out.

Jun-06-08  zev22407: Larsen was leading tournament at that point
Jun-19-15  Howard: Strange, but Larsen never beat Keres during their 6-7 encounters.
Jan-09-16  cunctatorg: At 1972, Larsen's moral (for well known reasons) was down and perhaps his play had become unstable...
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  perfidious: <cunctatorg: At 1972, Larsen's moral (sic) (for well known reasons) was down....>

Larsen carried on in the same enterprising fashion after his loss to Fischer as before, but it did not always produce results to his liking, even when the Dane was on top form, and overall, he was never able to return to his peak of 1967-1970.

<....and perhaps his play had become unstable...>

Same as Bogoljubov, Larsen's optimism enabled him to press for victory in games other top players would give up as draws, but that trait could cost, too.

Jan-09-16  RookFile: Keres was terrific in the endgame. I found Keres' book on endings to be well written and easy to understand.
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  offramp: At the end of this game the black pawns advance very quickly.

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80...g5. Then a bit later, 86...f5.

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Then right at the end, 89...f4

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It's sad how Larsen lost those 4 kingside pawns so quickly.

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