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Bent Larsen vs Wolfgang Unzicker
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 12, Aug-04
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Full Symmetry Line (A38)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-27-04  Whitehat1963: Player of the day crushes Larsen. Why doesn't Larsen resign?
Dec-27-04  iron maiden: Furthermore, why didn't he just play 37. Rc8+? Time trouble? After 37...Qxc8 38. Kxg1 Qh3 39. Qg4 I can't find a mate.
Dec-27-04  iron maiden: 39. f4 in that line also seems to work. On the other hand, this game was part of a string of losses for Larsen that was just as catastrophic as Fischer's losing streak in the first half of the tournament, so Larsen's play is somewhat understandable.
Dec-27-04  Darknite: 37 Rc8+ Kg7. 37...Qxc8 is unecessary.
Dec-27-04  sneaky pete: <iron maiden> Larsen was in time trouble. 37.Rc8+ .. doesn't help as after .. Kg7 38.Kxg1 Bh2+ black mates in 2 or 3 moves. 37.Qxe5+ dxe5 38.Kxg1 .. avoids an immediate mate but would still lose.

In the tournament book both players agree that white should have played 35.Kd2.. (instead of 35.Kf2? ..). Larsen: "There is no immediate win, but white's position is rather hopeless." Unzicker: "... with a probable draw."

Aug-24-05  cyclemath: This game is the puzzle in The Times (UK) today, but it's reported there as being from the British Championship 2005, which made me do a bit of a double take. :-)
Aug-24-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: a misprint-these things happen sometimes when non educated in chess staff mix up the captions-its worse when the positions dont work!
Aug-24-05
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  notyetagm: Nice tactics by Unzicker. He uses the well <known mating pattern> ...♗h2+/...♗g3+/...♕h2+/...♕f2# to win easily. It pays to know your mating patterns.
Dec-30-14
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  zydeco: An interesting contrast of styles. Unzicker is the epitome of a correct player, while Larsen tries to create imbalances at any cost.

The opening is played exactly. Unzicker suggests 19.e4 and 21.Ne4 as alternatives for white.

On move 23, Larsen comments: "It is alright to play for a win with white here, especially as Unzicker had only a half hour left, but it should be done very calmly."

On move 25, Larsen writes: "This is suicide. The tragedy of the 11th round [Larsen's loss to Donner] starts repeating itself."

Unzicker offered a draw on move 28, when he was significantly better (he was worried about time pressure), which Larsen refused. "A courage worthy of appreciation!" writes Unzicker.

29.Qf4 was better for defense.

Larsen was in horrible time pressure when he erred with 35.Kf2.

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