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Albin Planinc
Compiled by TheAlchemist

Albin Planinc was one of the most daring players of his time and loved by chess fans all over the world because of his play. This is just a small tribute to one of the best Slovenian players ever to engage in this endeavor we call chess.

20...Nd2!! - what a move!
R Bogdanovic vs A Planinc, 1965 
(C16) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 0-1

His first win published worldwide
A Planinc vs Matulovic, 1965 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

Another inspired game
K Grigorian vs A Planinc, 1965 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 26 moves, 0-1

An amazing queen sacrifice forcing a won endgame
A Planinc vs S Marangunic, 1969 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

The evergreen King's gambit
A Planinc vs A Matanovic, 1969 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

Planinc introduced 5...b5 to modern practice
Unzicker vs A Planinc, 1969 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 0-1

A brilliant game sealed the win at the 1st Vidmar memorial
A Planinc vs Gheorghiu, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

The wandering King
A Planinc vs Lutikov, 1969 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

19.Re5! or how to take advantage of a pin
A Planinc vs Andersson, 1970 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 36 moves, 1-0

Planinc wins a fine tactical battle
A Planinc vs Podgaets, 1970 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 20 moves, 1-0

Once again, typical Planinc
A Planinc vs H Gerenski, 1970 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Another wild affair
Westerinen vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

A nice win in the endgame
A Planinc vs S Mariotti, 1970 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 1-0

Defeating the 6-time US champion
Browne vs A Planinc, 1970 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 42 moves, 0-1

A beautiful win with the French
Tringov vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

Another brilliant Queen sacrifice
Ljubojevic vs A Planinc, 1971 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

Gufeld was too optimistic
Gufeld vs A Planinc, 1971
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 0-1

A nice win with black
C Sumiacher vs A Planinc, 1971 
(A15) English, 24 moves, 0-1

C G Poch vs A Planinc, 1971 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 27 moves, 0-1

A beautiful final attack
Kurajica vs A Planinc, 1972 
(C16) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 0-1

The rampaging queen
A Planinc vs M Jovcic, 1972 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

A queen trap and nice final attack
A Planinc vs V Kovacevic, 1972 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

Planinc destroys the local hero
J H Donner vs A Planinc, 1973 
(A61) Benoni, 22 moves, 0-1

Beating Najdorf's Najdorf
A Planinc vs Najdorf, 1973 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 20 moves, 1-0

The Benoni was another of Planinc' s pet variations
D Marovic vs A Planinc, 1973 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 28 moves, 0-1

Smejkal forgot that after Bd7 the pawn on e4 was edible
Smejkal vs A Planinc, 1973 
(E68) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4, 38 moves, 0-1

Planinc sacrifices in endings too
Forintos vs A Planinc, 1974 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Planinc wins a fine tactical battle
A Planinc vs Timman, 1974 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

Planinc's masterpiece
Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

Even the Soviet champion was helpless
A Planinc vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B89) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

A positional piece sacrifice that pays out
A J Mestel vs A Planinc, 1975 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 76 moves, 0-1

Planinc's most stunning queen sacrifice
Minic vs A Planinc, 1975 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 0-1

This is how Planinc fought the Alekhine defence
A Planinc vs M Vukic, 1975 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Another quick kill in the Alekhine defence
A Planinc vs V Kovacevic, 1978 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

The swan song
A Planinc vs J Pokojowczyk, 1979 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

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