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Milko Bobotsov vs Bent Larsen
"Got Milko?" (game of the day Nov-02-2012)
Buesum (1969), Buesum FRG, rd 4, May-??
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  0-1


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Dec-22-04  Resignation Trap: It is quite rare that a Grandmaster loses in just 15 moves.
Dec-22-04  weirdoid: I still don't get the point of 12 ... Bh3. What is wrong with 14. f3 (instead of Bb7)?
Dec-22-04  Resignation Trap: <weirdoid> on 14. f3 Qxe2 threatens both 14...Qg2# and 14...Qxf1#. If 15. Rf2 Qe1+ still mates. 14. Bb7 removes Black's Queen from the e2 square, but it loses two pieces.
Dec-22-04  weirdoid: <Resignation Trap> I see.. Thanks!
Jan-07-07  notyetagm: <Resignation Trap: <weirdoid> on 14. f3 Qxe2 threatens both 14...Qg2# and 14...Qxf1#. If 15. Rf2 Qe1+ still mates. 14. Bb7 removes Black's Queen from the e2 square, but it loses two pieces.>

14 f3?? ♕xe2 is yet another example of a second rank pawn (White f2-pawn) being needed to <BLOCK> the second rank and so not be able to <DEFEND> the e3- and g3-squares or advance to f3.

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  hesyrett: I find this game a charming example of Larsen's talent for tactics in his prime. He sucks Bobotsov into overextending on the Q-side, then with 10...e5 (a move I missed in Guess the Move) and its logical followup 12...Bh3, switches fronts to the K-side, then after Bobotsov staves off mate, switches back to the Q-side where White is now defenseless. All in 15 moves--bravo, Bent! (Coda: RJF was not to be dealt with thus.)
Jul-05-09  backrank: One of the shortest GM games ever ... and one of the greatest games under 20 moves. After the somewhat careless move 6. 0-0 (?), White struggles hard to recover his pawn c4, but trying so, he gets only out of the frying pan into the fire. He could have done so by 10. ♘xc7, but 10. ... ♗xa4 11. ♘xe8 ♗e7 12. ♘xf6 ♗xf6 leaves him in an unpleasant (underdeveloped) position.

It is fascinating to watch the black advantage gradually growing from move to move, without White committing any real blunders. True, 12. axb4 would have been slightly better than 12. ♗xa6, and 13. axb4 loses immediately, but 13. ♘c3 (best) already loses the exchange, promising a long agony for White. He preferred the guillotine instead :)

The winning continuation after 13. ♖e1 is interesting: ♕c6 14. f3 ♗c5 15. ♕xc4 d3+ 16. ♔h1 ♖ae8 17. e4 ♘xe4! 18. fxe4 ♕f6 followed by ♕f2 or 18. ♖xe4 ♖xe4 19. ♕xe4 (fxe4 ♕f6) ♖e8. However, the game continuation 13. axb4 ♕e4! was certainly nicest. Only now White realized that 14. f3 ♕xe2 15. ♖f2 is impossible due to ♕e1+ followed by mate.

Razor sharp and merciless play by Larsen.

Nov-02-12  Tired Tim: Oh - are we firmly in the USA for today's pun?! Help please!
Nov-02-12  Shams: <Tired Tim> This is the most enjoyable way I can think to explain it:
Nov-02-12  Tired Tim: Ah! Ah, indeed! We've had our share of lactic nonsense over the years (

Are you getting enough? <Nudge Nudge>

Nov-02-12  Shams: <achieve> Taylor Swift is almost enough to make me love country music. Looked like there were a couple cuties on your page too, but I'm not creating an account just to enlarge a picture.
Nov-02-12  Abdel Irada: After this tactical tomfoolery, Black should be arrested for "Grand Larseny."
Nov-02-12  Troller: This is the final entry in Larsen's "50 Selected Games". His comment on White's 6th:

<6.0-0? The losing move. One should play 6.a3! Be7 7.d4 after which we have a position from the Catalan. White has an extra a3 which is of no great significance.>

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  gars: Poor Bobotsov! He'll be remembered by his losses to Larsen, Fischer, Keres, Geller and Tal. By the way, Bobotsov-Tal, (1958) is one of those games I never grow tired of.
Nov-02-12  sfm: Larsen (playing 8.-,Bd7):
- Be careful! A pinned knight on b5 will cause you problems!

Bobotsov (playing 10.-,Nfd4):
- See? No problem, I have tricks up my sleeve... [12.Bxa6]: See, there! My knight, the one you told me to worry about, is well covered. Now you better save your bishop on b4, or I will eat it that too!

Larsen (playing 12.-,Bh3):
- You can have it. I will instead entertain your king. He looks a little lonely now.

Bobotsov (14.Bb7):
- Hmmm. I give you the bishop back, and my king will be safe as a rock! OK, you can grab an exchange on f1, but I will fight!

Larsen (playing 15.-,Bd7):
- Remember what I said? A pinned knight on b5 will cause you problems!

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  kevin86: Black was focusing the bishop and queen at g2,then after the queen is decoyed to b7,the same two pieces focus on the horse-pin in b5.
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