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Svetozar Gligoric vs Bent Larsen
Manila (1973), Manila PHI, rd 5, Oct-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: White could play also 21.Rxc6 Bxc6 (21...Qxc6 22.Rc1) 22.Ba6+ Kb8 (22...Kd7 23.Qxf6 dxe3 24.Qxf7+ Kd6 25.Rf6+ Ke5 26.Qe6#) 23.Bf4 Rd6 24.Bxd6 Qxd6 25.Qxf6 etc.
Feb-25-03  Cyphelium: I suppose you mean 22. Rxc6 etc, otherwise it doesn't make sense.
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  Honza Cervenka: Of course, you are right.:-)
May-02-06  notyetagm: 28 ♕c5+! is a beautiful finishing blow by Gligoric based on the tactical theme of <REMOVE THE GUARD>.

The point is that only the Black a7-queen was preventing White from playing ♖b1-b8# by defending the b8-mating focal point. So White (Gligoric) aims to get rid of this key defensive piece.

He attacks the defender of the b8-mating focal point (Black a7-queen) with a non-mating piece (White f5-queen) from a square not in the defensive complex (c5-square) and attacks something else at the same time (Black c8-king, 28 ♕c5+!).

Black resigns since he has no satisfactory way of meeting the double threats of 29 ♕x♕ and 29 ♕x♔.

28 ♕c5+! ♕xc5 <deflection from b8> 29 ♖b8#

May-02-06  notyetagm: For another example of the tactical theme underpinning 28 ♕c5+!, see Planinc's 22 ... ♕c7+!! in Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1974.

In that game 23 ♕b7xc7 is a <deflection from b3> which allows 23 ... ♘b3#.

Jan-28-07  morphyvsfischer: Bishop pair power! Castling queenside is awkward for black, although kingside castling is med by 12 Bg5, better for white, and 11...h6 + 12...0-0 (IMO best) gives white good pressure after an f4 advance. 11...exd4 12 cxd4 Nxe4??? 13 Bxe4 followed by Re1 wins.

15...bxc5 16 Ba6! followed by Rab1 looks too strong.

Larsen's 15th move idea is based that 15...dxc5 16 dxc5 is good for white (although not as good as the game continuation!), and 15...exd4 16 cxd4 dxc5 17 dxc5 Nb4 defends for Black. I think Black needs to try 18...Rd7 and use the pawn as a shield.

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  Tabanus: Larsen writes in Skakbladet that (after 4 rounds in Araneta Coliseum) this game was played in a humid sports hall without air condition and 40oC. Afterwards the players protested and were transferred to better locations, before playing the last 4 rounds again in Araneta Coliseum.
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  perfidious: And Larsen thought Denver was bad, two years before.....
Aug-25-13  JoergWalter: just to make sure, 40 celsius did also apply to Gligoric?
Aug-25-13  RookFile: Powerful game by Gligoric.
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