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Laszlo Szabo - underappreciated brilliance.
Compiled by themadhair
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Laszlo Szabo. 1917-1998.

This collection exists to right a wrong - namely the absence of a chessgames collection for this magnificent player.

Many of his best games are marvellous displays of attacking prowess, but there are a few endgame gems that have to be seen to be believed. A true great of the game.

My favourite Szabo game.
Szabo vs T van Scheltinga, 1947 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

Szabo winning at Zagreb 1964 where he took 1st.
Szabo vs E Paoli, 1964 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 19 moves, 1-0

Szabo winning at Zagreb 1964 where he took 1st.
I Nemet vs Szabo, 1964
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

Szabo winning at Zagreb 1964 where he took 1st.
D Marovic vs Szabo, 1964
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 47 moves, 0-1

Szabo winning at Budapest 1965 where he took joint 1st.
Janosevic vs Szabo, 1965
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 0-1

Szabo winning at Budapest 1965 where he took joint 1st.
Szabo vs Pirc, 1965 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 30 moves, 1-0

Szabo winning at Budapest 1965 where he took joint 1st.
Szabo vs A Matanovic, 1966
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 33 moves, 1-0

Szabo winning at Budapest 1965 where he took joint 1st.
N Padevsky vs Szabo, 1965
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 52 moves, 0-1

Szabo winning at Sarajevo 1972 where he took 1st.
Szabo vs Hort, 1972
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 32 moves, 1-0

Szabo winning at Sarajevo 1972 where he took 1st.
B Ivanovic vs Szabo, 1972
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 0-1

Szabo winning at Hastings 73/74 where he took joint 1st.
Benko vs Szabo, 1974 
(A15) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Szabo winning at Hastings 73/74 where he took joint 1st.
Szabo vs Suttles, 1973
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 46 moves, 1-0

The sacrifical Szabo.
Szabo vs J Balogh, 1936
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

The attacking Szabo.
Szabo vs Kotov, 1946 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

The tactical Szabo.
Szabo vs C Kottnauer, 1950 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Another gem from the Szabo stable.
Szabo vs Bronstein, 1953 
(A53) Old Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

The defensive Szabo - usually tactical.
Szabo vs L Barden, 1961 
(E70) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Even his english opening leads to an attack.
Szabo vs N Spiridonov, 1974 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 1-0

The Szabo opening system.
Szabo vs Sax, 1982 
(B20) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Szabo verus the four pawns attack in the Benoni.
A Pomar Salamanca vs Szabo, 1967 
(A69) Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 42 moves, 0-1

One of the most intstructive R+P endings ever played.
Najdorf vs Szabo, 1948 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 70 moves, 0-1

A little minature.
Zakar vs Szabo, 1933 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 9 moves, 0-1

Proof of Szabo's willingness to sacrifice on intuition.
Szabo vs Dake, 1935 
(B40) Sicilian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another Szabo endgame classic - would you have found the sac?
Szabo vs Benko, 1975 
(A22) English, 77 moves, 1-0

Szabo landing another spectacular blow.
Szabo vs N Padevsky, 1972 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 1-0

Szabo beating up an ex-world champ part I.
Smyslov vs Szabo, 1949 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Szabo beating up an ex-world champ part II.
Szabo vs Euwe, 1946 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1-0

Szabo beating up an ex-world champ part III.
Botvinnik vs Szabo, 1965 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 77 moves, 0-1

Szabo beating up an ex-world champ part IV.
Petrosian vs Szabo, 1952 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

Szabo beating up an ex-world champ part V.
Szabo vs Spassky, 1956 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 38 moves, 1-0

Game of the day 20 Feb 2005.
Szabo vs V Mikenas, 1939 
(B40) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

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