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Bent Larsen vs Jan Hein Donner
Donner - Larsen Zonal Playoff (1958), The Hague NED, rd 2, Apr-15
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation 7c6 (E88)  ·  1-0


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  Chessical: A vigorous game in which Larsen as White sacrifices a pawn for lasting pressure on the K-side in a King's Indian.

Larsen gets an early and useful <g4> advance, and Donner misses <16... Nxe4!17. Nxe4 Qxh4 18. Bxc8 Raxc8> which would have left him at only a slight disadvantge.

<28. Bd8?> seems to be a miscalculation by Larsen which undermines his attack.

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Donner returns the favour with the over-sharp <33...a5!?> apparently not realising that the Bishop does not have to move in reply. He should have sat tight with <Ke8> or <Rf7>.

Donner cannot play <35... axb4?> because of <36. Qa8+> Ke7 37. Qb7+ Ke8 38. Rc1

Donner then transposes his moves and loses after <36...e4?>.

After <36... Kh7> 37. Qe8 Rxd6 38. Rxg7+ Kxg7 39. Qe7+ Kg8 40. Qxd6 e4 he had a good chance of a draw..

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