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Alexander Beliavsky vs Bent Larsen
"Crazy Horse" (game of the day Sep-25-2017)
Interpolis 5th (1981), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Oct-08
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0


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Feb-06-06  morpstau: 15.Ng6 doesent look sound to me. Perhaps black could have accepted the sacrifice with 15. ...fxg6 16.Qxg6+ Kf8 17.Rxe6 Qe8 18.Nf5 Re8 19.Rde1 Bb4 or if 18.Bd6 Nd5 19.c4 Qxg6 19.hxg6 Bxd6 20.cxd5 Bf4+ and black remains a piece up.
Feb-06-06  LIFE Master AJ: 15.Ng6!!! is completely sound ... and the first choice of Fritz 9 ... but only after about 30 minutes of machine time.
Feb-06-06  morpstau: I see than computers are the better of humans concerning annotation that is.
Feb-07-06  LIFE Master AJ: <morpstau>
This game is also analyzed in countless books, NIC yearbook, The Informant, etc.

Did you look at my page? (The link is given just above?)

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  ToTheDeath: A masterpiece by Beliavsky.
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  Ulhumbrus: On 17 Bd6 Black still can't play 17...fxg6 as White can still play 18 Nxg7+! (as in the Kavalek comment quoted by morphynoman2) followed by Qg6+ and a rapid mate

23 Bxe5 threatens 24 Nxg7+ Ke7 25 Qe6 mate and Black has no satisfactory answer to the threat.

May-20-09  LIFE Master AJ:

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Dec-26-10  Eduardo Bermudez: กก Amazing chessgame !!
Jan-06-12  ZeejDonnelly: What a vicious game by Beliavsky, considering how "quiet" of a reputation the C-K has.
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  gezafan: Even grandmasters should do things such as castling to make their kings safer.
Aug-27-12  grasser: The game:

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  rogl: It's interesting to see how fast the development of computers is. In 2006 <LIFE Master AJ> wrote that it took Fritz9 30 minutes to see that 15.Ng6 is white's best move. Now Houdini3 immediately gives Ng6 as best.
Feb-12-15  TheBish: In Guess the Move, I chose 23. dxe5 instead of 23. Bxe5 as in the game, and got 2 points partial credit for being a "good alternative". Ha! I knew from already analyzing this on Rybka that 23. dxe5 is evaluated at nearly +11 (Black has to give up queen for bishop to stop mate) while the game move was "only" about +5 (and 23. Rxe5+ is almost a point higher than the game move). A slight deficiency in the program I would say. But any move that compels resignation is good!
Sep-25-17  Isilimela: Poor old Bent - always seems to be on the wrong side of brilliancies like this eg vs Spassky also in gotd recently
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  keypusher: <Isilimela: Poor old Bent - always seems to be on the wrong side of brilliancies like this eg vs Spassky also in gotd recently>

Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966

And there was nobody he couldn't beat on his day.

Fischer vs Larsen, 1970

Karpov vs Larsen, 1979

Larsen vs Spassky, 1964

Sep-25-17  lentil: Chessgames: The little 'jerk' at the end of each move actually nauseates me. This is my vote to remove it.
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  kevin86: Black's exposed king goes down-hard!
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: "Crazy Horse?" More like crazy horses.
Sep-25-17  Strelets: Love it. Love seeing the Caro go down in flames.
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  morfishine: If this was an Indian defense, the game title would gain traction


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  Sneaky: This is what you call a "one move game." It's all theory up to 14.Rhe1 but instead of following the perfectly reasonable mainline with 14...O-O, black uncorks his T.N. 14...a4?

This allows the immediate punishment with 15.Ng6 (the so called "Crazy Horse") ... a move from which Larsen never recovered.

According to Stocky, Bent still might have hung on for dear life with 16...N7b6 and ...Rg8. The variation I am reading goes <16...N7b6 17.Bd2 Rg8 18.Nfxe7 Nxe7 19.Ne5 a3 20.bxa3 Qc7 ⩲ +1.43 (34 ply)> Note that White can not really capture on g7 with check because he'll have too many pieces on the pot.

Lastly, a little off topic, but let me say the Indian game originated in India in the late 19th century pioneered by players such as Bonnerjee Mohishunder ... and has absolutely nothing to do with the native Americans!!

Sep-25-17  Albion 1959: I used to play the Caro Kann regularly back in the 80,s but had to give it up of because this line. The other systems I did okay with, but not this one. Larsen's idea of playing a5 and a4 was bad and it invited trouble and was probably lost after 16:Nf5, what a horrible mess Larsen got into:
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  morfishine: <Sneaky> On your comment: <...the Indian game originated in India...> Correct, but the game title referenced a native American (for some unknown reason)


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  Tal Apprentice: 23... Nd3 24 Qd3 Qe8 25 Qh3 Qg6 seems to hold the position.
Mar-09-18  areknames: <Tal Apprentice> No, 25..Qxg6 is met by 26.Nh4+.
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