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Bent Larsen vs Lajos Portisch
Larsen - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1968), Porec YUG, rd 2, May-07
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. Exchange Variation (D59)  ·  1-0


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Feb-10-11  Helios727: If black had played 40... Qb2 instead of that blunder, what would the finish up for white be?
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  Sastre: I don't think there is a quick finish, but White is winning after 40...Qb2 41.Nxg6+ Ke8 42.Rh7 Qd4 43.Bf7+ Kd8 44.Rxh6.
Mar-16-15  zydeco: "A lucky victory but a silly game," says Larsen.

White had nothing from the opening. Larsen: "After 16....Rfb8, I realized that I had got nowhere."

Black probably had his chance with the sharper 17....dxc4.

Larsen says it was a strategical mistake by black to go into the endgame - he probably missed 22.Nb1! 18....Nb6 was a better alternative.

On 28....f4? Larsen writes: "Some cunning trap? I had checked very carefully that black couldn't play this. Portisch was too optimistic thinking he had victory close at hand and he played this move pretty quickly."

28....f4 is refuted by 30.Re1! and now 30....Kf7 31.f5 gxf5 32.gxf5 Bxf5 33.Nxd5 Rxd4 34.Bh5+ is better for white.

Black's trick is 35.Rxd7 c2 36.Rc7 Rc4.

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