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Bent Larsen vs Rosendo Carrean Balinas Jr
"Badly Bent" (game of the day Apr-14-2009)
Manila (1975), Manila PHI, rd 6, Oct-??
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  0-1


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  luzhin: All very exciting, but it's a mystery why Balinas didn't finish the game immediately with 34...Qxg3 MATE.
Oct-18-07  zanshin: <luzhin> He must have missed it due to time trouble. It's hard to resist taking a Queen with check! ;-)
Apr-14-09  woodenbishop: Ouch!
Apr-14-09  Lemon69: simply, breathtaking.....
Apr-14-09  rchczrms: Hello <zanshin>. I agree. He must have been in time trouble. This is a gem from the late GM Balinas. Our country's second GM. RIP Sir!
Apr-14-09  Samagonka: For me, white won this game. 2 queens against one is not fair!
Apr-14-09  zev22407: Larsen gave 27)Qe4?? better was 27)N-c3! and white keeps the advantage .he also gave 28)d5? better was N-c3 and his loosing move was 30)g4?? here too N-c3 was better. After 9) N(b)-c3 the position is aFrench Winawer with reversed colours.
Apr-14-09  Gambitor: It seems a french advanced with colours reversed,,,
Apr-14-09  zev22407: Here is another interesting note by Larsen ,He gave 21)K-f1! and now on N-g4 22)B-c1 Qxf6 23)N-b6!!
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  wordfunph: 23.Qf3 was the grave move, 23.Nc3 should have been the best though black was winning..
Apr-14-09  PaulLovric: <luzhin: All very exciting, but it's a mystery why Balinas didn't finish the game immediately with 34...Qxg3 MATE. zanshin: <luzhin> He must have missed it due to time trouble. It's hard to resist taking a Queen with check! ;-) >OBVIOUSLY
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  kevin86: Mr. Flintstone:I guess the player with the black pieces isn't as civilized as you are,Mr. Caveman-lol

What's the matter of playing with an opponent? Chess is a game,isn't it?

Apr-14-09  WhiteRook48: can you stop making puns just for the pun of it?
Apr-14-09  JManRio: 25 Rxd7+ Rxd7
26 Qh5 ...

May have a been a happier game for white.

Apr-14-09  SirChrislov: Larsen and his pet opening move 1.b3. for another, more famous Larsen disaster with 1.b3, see Larsen-Spassky 1970. that one ended in less than 20 moves! Larsen was always disgusted with the long, theoretical opening lines which characterize modern chess.
Apr-14-09  SirChrislov: 1.b3 is like playing with arson, just ask bent larson!
Apr-14-09  RandomVisitor: 28.Nc3 Re8 29.Qf3 Bb5+ 30.Rxb5 axb5 =.
Apr-15-09  crwynn: 16.Rc6 was a weird move. After that, Black got a much better position but Larsen deserves credit for creating serious complications.

20...Qxf6 was the simplest way to win material, but after 21.fe (White has to play this or the attack is overwhelming) Bg3+ 22.Kd2 Qxc6 23.Qh5 Kg7 24.Qg5+ Qg6 25.Qxd5


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White has only a pawn for the piece but it's messy and he has play. Nevertheless there doesn't seem to be any "smooth road to victory" here, so this was a reasonable choice.

21...Ng4 was another choice, but probably inferior to the game. After 22.Bc1 (22.Qe2 is possible) Qe8 (22...Qxf6 should probably transpose) 23.f7! Qxf7 (23...Kxf7 24.Rxh7+ Kg6 may be better for Black but it doesn't seem very clear) 24.Nb6!!


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After this amazing shot based on the Bc8, it's not so clear that Black is even better. 23.Nb6!! was also the response to 23...Qf6. There are two important replies: 24...Qf5 and 24...Qg6 (24...Qe8 Nxc8!). Against either one, White can try 25.Rxd6 or the ambitious 25.Nxa8. Now 24...Qf5 makes 25.Nxa8 Bd7! very dangerous, because 26...Bb5+ is lethal after the rook moves. But 25.Rxd6! cb! (with the Queen on f5, 26.Nxa8 is bad because Black does not have the plan of e3, Bf5-d3 and so on) 26.Rd8+ seems to draw. 24...Qg6 pretty well prevents 25.Rxd6 because of!, but 25.Nxa8! is strong now that f2 is unguarded and ...Bb5 is not so scary.

Black's move 21...Qxf6 was probably correct. He went wrong with 22...Bd7? when 22...Nf5 is probably winning. The h7 pawn is much less important than the d5-pawn.

22...Nf5 23.Qxh7+ Kf8 24.Rc3 e3 25.Qh8+ Qxh8 or 24.Qh3 Bd7 and Black is much better.

Apr-16-09  soverink: From a peaceful 1. b3 the game goes completely crazy when White neglects castling to get a double Rook lift. And then, the backrank falls just in one move.

White's opening was a failure: he was busted in centre, his Q-pawns had no attacking potential, the c-file remained useless and the Kingside just got flooded by enemy.

Anyway, what about a bit crazy idea in difficult position: 17. Qd2 and 18. Kd1!?, heading to b2?

Aug-29-09  rjsolcruz: Badly Bent. This is a nice title. But a perfect one could be BALI BENT, bali from Balinas and is a Filipino word for bent, and bent, of course, is Larsen's name.
Nov-11-14  kamagong24: binali ni Balinas ang nimzo-larsen ni Larsen
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