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Ferenc Portisch vs Oravez
Sombathej (1952)
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0


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Nov-12-03  Lawrence: Takes the Bishop knowing that Black cannot take the Knight on c7 because of 11.Nd5+ forking King and Queen.
Aug-20-04  misguidedaggression: That's fine, but where's the win after 10...Rb8 ?
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  Chessical: <misguidedaggression> After: 10...Rb8 <11.N(7)d5> Qh4+ 12.g3 Qh6 13.0-0; looks particularly miserable for Black.
Aug-20-04  misguidedaggression: Black's position is miserable in any case, but it's not worth resigning over just yet. I mean, yes, black is lost, but it's still up to white to prove that.
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  tpstar: I was looking at 10 ... Rb8 11. N7d5 Qe5 12. 0-0 Nh6 13. a4 Re8 & 14 ... Ne7 and Black just might untangle out of it only down a Pawn, although the QR & QB are hard to develop. Otherwise I don't see any quick win, so misguidedaggression is right about Black giving up too early. Maybe he touched the King intending to play 10 ... Kxc7, then saw 11. Nd5+ and resigned on the spot.
Mar-05-05  ArturoRivera: black is a pawn down without compensation, cant castle his king, cant Stop Ncd5, and he is going to loose and be ashamed in front of everyone, even the pawn and the non castle position is reason enough to resign.
Jan-17-10  sfm: People resigning here don't get anywhere in chess.
Oct-08-11  TheBish: Fritz rates this about a two pawn advantage for White after 10...Rb8 11. N7d5 Qh4+ 12. g3 Qg5 13. 0-0 (I liked queenside castling, but Fritz rates this higher) Nh6 14. Qd2, but I think it's more like a piece advantage, as Black's king is a sitting duck in the center, with a bullseye on his head waiting for target practice to begin!

Masters know when to resign, bottom line. That's not to say they never resign too soon, because there are many cases of that (like resigning in a winning position). This isn't one of them.

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  Benzol: This game was played by Lajos not Ferenc according to Egon Varnusz in The Selected Games of Lajos Portisch. I have submitted a correction slip. If Ferenc did play this he would have been very young at the time.
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