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Svetozar Gligoric vs Milan Matulovic
"The Glig is Up" (game of the day Jul-19-2010)
Palma de Mallorca (1967), Palma ESP, rd 1, Nov-27
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Main line (A73)  ·  1-0
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Feb-09-04  Catfriend: Yep. 30.♖:♘c5!! is nice!
Jun-23-06  LivBlockade: I was surprised that Gligoric made no attempt to prevent 19...b5. I thought Blacks position looked OK after that, but went downhill the next few moves. The exchange sac with Rc5 looks very strong and thematic. In the final position, after ...Kf8, White mates in 3 beginning with 43. Rf6+.
Oct-07-07  notyetagm: Now this is what I call supporting your passed pawn with your pieces.

Position after 40 ♗c4xe6+:


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Oct-07-07  notyetagm: In the recent World Championship game Anand vs Kramnik, 2007, White (Anand) got a passed pawn on e7, as shown below.

Position after 24 d6xe7:


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Marin annotated that this advanced passed e7-pawn would probably win the game for White if the queens were still on the board. But without the queens on, Black was able to round up this pawn rather easily, leaving White to defend a difficult endgame.

Now consider this game, after 40 ♗c4xe6+.

Position after 40 ♗c4xe6+:


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With the queens still on the board, White (Gligoric) is able to combine the power of this pawn with threats to the Black king, winning in fact by a forced mate.

I think that this fragment is a great example of exactly what Marin was saying about the power of advanced passed pawns with queens on and their weakness with queens off.

Oct-16-07  armis: Greetings

I have some annotations to this game. It says that in this particular situation ( after black's a6 ) white can afford to omit the stereotyped a2-a4, saving time to concentrate his forces in the center and on the kingside. This one is a bit tricky for me to understand, hopefully stronger players can explain this

Also it says that 18. ...Re8?! is a dubious move becase white is in time to regroup his pieces: Bf3-d1!-c2 with the point being that after b5 white will be in time to play Nd1!-e3-c4. However if black had gone 18. ...b5! first then white wouldn't have Nd1 because the bishop would be on d1.

Beautiful game by Gligoric

cheers

Dec-14-09  Sololoy: After 40 Bxe6+ Ke7, Gligoric missed a mate in 3:
41 Bg8+ (the bishop covers f7) Kd1
42 Qg5+ Rf6 and
43 Qxf6#
Jul-19-10
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  mike1: Yes, very well played after Black
went too far in playing 22...b3.
From there it is downhill. Something like 23... a5 would change the structure completely and I would prefer Black here.
Jul-19-10
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  Check It Out: I didn't think black was doing too badly until white's exchange sac with 30.Rxc5. The white pieces and pawns just leapt to life after that.
Jul-19-10
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  kevin86: Mate will come quickly {white is not after the queen)

42...♔f8 43 ♖f6+ ♔g7 44 ♖g7+ ♔h6 45 ♕f6#.

Jul-19-10  JohnBoy: <mike1> - I believe that black's position at move 22 is already difficult. If 22...a5 then 23.Qd4 and 24.e5 are thematic and difficult to address.
Jul-19-10  LIFE Master AJ: Wow. Gligoric played fantastic chess!

I used to have a whole website devoted to this player. Sadly, it was a free website, and they stopped service and erased all their pages.

Maybe I should do a webpage for him again.

Jul-19-10  scormus: <Solokoy> yes. As was playing it through I thought why not 41 Bg8+. I wonder what the clock situation was coming to 40. I once spectacularly blundered the game away, thinking I had one more move to play in only a few seconds.

Great play with that exchange sac and the ensuing pawn steamroller

Jul-19-10  screwdriver: Gligoric was a great commentator on the Fischer vs. Spasky match in 1972. He show here he is not only a great commentator but an outstanding player as well.
Jul-19-10
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  chrisowen: Awesome act. Dead middle break d5 d6 and Matulovic's pole position spins out clutching straws in the mix up. Depress 35.d7 pushes the boat out. Little too cocky no need patch through 31..Qb6 defence pal more direct a5, arch tsar backing off that queenside me says. Black jacks it in after Bc4+ wipes the floor over him.
Jul-19-10  Macnamara: A beautiful game. Gligoric's exchange sacrifice and the subsequent attack is formidable.
Jul-19-10
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  Travis Bickle: Fischer was good friends with Gligoric. He used to call him Gligo.
Jul-19-10  parisattack: Gligo was the real Benoni-Killer.

If you ever feel as if you want to play the Benoni - go over the Benoni section in Gligo's 'I Play the Pieces' - the fever will break quickly!

All-in-all an under-appreciated 'classical style' player. His games are both enjoyable and enormously instructive.

Jul-19-10  TheFocus: Gligo's analysis of games was top-rate. He had a fantastic column for years in Chess Life.

<screwdriver>< Gligoric was a great commentator on the Fischer vs. Spasky match in 1972. He show here he is not only a great commentator but an outstanding player as well.>

Yes. A fantastic book. Great coverage!

Jul-19-10  backyard pawn: <Sololoy> I came up with a similar idea, forcing mate with:

41. Bd5+, Kd1 (forced)
42. Qg5+ Rf6 and
43. Qxf6#

Jul-20-10
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  NM JRousselle: This game does not get the credit it deserves.
Jul-20-10  Petrosianic: <screwdriver> <He show here he is not only a great commentator but an outstanding player as well.>

I think he'd showed that slightly before 1967.

Jul-20-10  LIFE Master AJ: Before the rise of Larsen, Gligoric was probably the only "NON-SOVIET" player that the Russsians feared, other than Fischer of course.
Mar-08-12  ZeejDonnelly: Gligoric turns his passer into a wonderful asset -- a beautiful example of creating and pursuing a favorable imbalance.
Jan-27-15  zydeco: I feel like Gligoric sacrificed the exchange more than just about any player. Botvinnik and Petrosian are obviously both famous for sacrificing the exchange. Gligoric is right up there with them.
Feb-18-16
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  thegoodanarchist: Game summary:

Black plays the Benoni

White does NOT play a4, ever! Surprise.

Some high-level GM maneuvering in the middle game leaves me at a loss for explanation.

White concludes the game with some brilliant tactics to bring home the win.

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