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John Eric Littlewood vs Leonard William Barden
Hastings (1961/62), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-30
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B68)  ·  1-0


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  wwall: After 26...Bg7 (to prevent 27.Qe7 mate) if 27.Kxb4??, then 27...Qc3+ 28.Ka3 Qa5 mate.

28.Rxe6+? is a mistake and should have lost for White. White can draw with 28.Qg6+ Kd8 29.Nxe6+ Bxe6 30.Rxe6 Nb6 31.Kd3 Qd4+ 32.Ke2 Qf2+ 33.Kd3 Qd4+ and perpetual check.

30...Qc3+? loses as White gets out of check and Black does not win the more threatening knight on e6. Best was 30...Qe5+ 31.Kb6 Qxe6 32.Qxg7 (32.Rd2 Nd5+ wins for Black) 32...Nxd1 and Black should have an easy win.

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  MissScarlett: <‘My game against John Littlewood at Hastings, 1961-62 was traumatic for me. For once I got my preparation spot on, had that morning revisited Larsen v Panno, Mar del Plata, 1958 [Larsen vs Panno, 1958 ], and was stunned when Littlewood, finding it all slowly at the board, reached the identical position after 23 moves before varying with 24 Rhe1. I had taken around five minutes to his one hour, and assumed that I was winning.

Expecting to find a mate with his king at c4, I in turn thought for too long and lost my objectivity. I feel that I was fated in that tournament since I also missed a forced draw against Botvinnik.’>

C.N. 11234

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  offramp: The precursor he mentions is Larsen vs Panno, 1958.

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Larsen played
24.Qh5+, and lost.
In this game Littlewood played
24. Rhe1 and won.

Two exciting games!

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  MissScarlett: A difficult position to be sure. The top three recommendations of Stockshit after 15 mins and 32 plies are (in descending order) i)24.Qe4; ii)24.Ke2; iii)24.Rhf1, in all of which Black retains a slight advantage.
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