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Arthur Bisguier vs Bent Larsen
"Work of Art" (game of the day May-08-2015)
Zagreb (1965), Zagreb YUG, rd 9, Apr-23
Modern Defense: Three Pawns Attack (B06)  ·  1-0



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May-08-15  waustad: Here is a time he didn't "Misfire."
May-08-15  RookFile: Sure. Bisguier could be very aggressive, with things like the 4 pawns attack against the king's indian. A perfectly correct way of playing chess.
May-08-15  newzild: Amusing how the same rook sacrifice is "sacrificed" twice on f6.
May-08-15  morfishine: Chomp, Chomp, Crunch...really gorgeous sequence
May-08-15  whiteshark: <♖x♘f6!/♖x♗f6!> a case of recurrence
May-08-15  kevin86: Odd sequence: if the bishop is not takeb, mate comes at g7, but not h7. When the bishop IS taken, mate comes at h7, but not g7.
May-08-15  DaGreenster: going through this game made me actually laugh. i wonder how bent larsen felt during that game... rather helplessly chuckling to himself as he realized the impending doom?
May-08-15  rollingrook5: Beautiful chess here from Bisguier. However, as a Modern enthusiast, I can't help but wonder what might have given Larsen a better game.

Imho, and of course firmly standing on the shoulders of the last 50 years' worth of giants, it seems 3... d5 could offer better chances against this move order.

Or, at least, after 3...d6, maybe delaying Nf6 and going for 4... c6 or a6, with b5 and Bb7 and a c5 break to come? This way, at least, the Nf6 never gets tempoed away by White's e5.

Any thoughts?

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  Check It Out: What a brutal attack.

It looks as though <FSR> submitted the pun, Art of War, a couple of years back. Do individual games get multiple pun submissions? If so, how/who chooses which pun gets used?

May-08-15  morfishine: <FSR> No doubt, this game is just terrific and really should be more famous. A really great game! Though the following game is not similar at all, I was reminded of this, due to the brevity: Larsen vs Spassky, 1970

<rollingrook5> Well, if one wants to stay within the original concept of Pirc, then <6...Bg4> is the move (instead of 6...Nbd7)


May-08-15  Romildo: Artfully bent
May-08-15  BiggCojones: Doesn´t 15.Bg7 win right there and then?
if 15...Bxg7 16.Qh7++
if 15...Kxg7 16.Qh7++
if 15...Re8 16.Qxh8++
May-08-15  parisattack: <rollingrook5: Beautiful chess here from Bisguier. However, as a Modern enthusiast, I can't help but wonder what might have given Larsen a better game. Imho, and of course firmly standing on the shoulders of the last 50 years' worth of giants, it seems 3... d5 could offer better chances against this move order.>

3...d5 would have been the move. First mentioned by Euwe I believe.

Aug-16-15  Retireborn: In his book Bisguier entitles this game "Miniaturizing a Great Dane".

This may be my all-time favourite title for a chess game :)

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  Jimmy720: Extremely instructive attacking play
Apr-06-17  mavaddat: <BiggCojones: Doesn´t 15.Bg7 win right there and then? if 15...Bxg7 16.Qh7++
if 15...Kxg7 16.Qh7++
if 15...Re8 16.Qxh8++>

Exactly. Bisguier missed this simple ending, it seems.
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  keypusher: <mavaddat: <BiggCojones: Doesn´t 15.Bg7 win right there and then? if 15...Bxg7 16.Qh7++ if 15...Kxg7 16.Qh7++
if 15...Re8 16.Qxh8++>

Exactly. Bisguier missed this simple ending, it seems.>

15.Bg7 Kxg7 16.Qh7+ Kxf6 and ?

Apr-06-17  ChessHigherCat: <keypusher 15.Bg7 Kxg7 16.Qh7+ Kxf6 and ?> Good point, I was wondering about that myself and it took almost 2 years for somebody to come along and deflate BiggCojones
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  plang: A very nice game.

Larsen was always taking risks - sometimes they backfired.

Jan-11-19  jith1207: Just to reply the unanswered line. 15.Bg7 also mates, but after 12 moves.

1) mated-in-12 (26 ply) 15...Kxg7 16.Nd2 Qd5 17.Raf1 Rg8 18.Rxf7+ Qxf7 19.Rxf7+ Nxf7 20.Qh7+ Kf6 21.Nde4+ Kf5 22.Qxf7+ Bf6 23.g3 c4 24.Nxf6+ cxd3 25.Nd7+ Kxg5 26.Qf4+ Kh5 27.Qh4#

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  yiotta: <jith1207>So Bisguier was right!
Jan-12-19  Granny O Doul: 14...Bh8 was an impressive move, in a losing cause.
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  FSR: Bisguier never even bothered to develop his queen knight and queen rook. This game must have been an embarrassment to Larsen. But when you play as provocatively as Larsen often did, you're going to lose some miniatures.
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  keypusher: <Granny O Doul: 14...Bh8 was an impressive move, in a losing cause.>

Note, though, that it allows not just Bisguier's move, but also 15.Bxg6 (threatening mate on the move!) Nxg6 (15....fxg6 16.Rxf8+) 16.Rxg6+ fxg6 17.Bxf8 and Black can't recapture. There's nothing better than 17....Bg7 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Qh7+ Kf6 20. Ne4+ and White has an extra piece and a winning attack.

Art of War seems like a better title than Work of Art. This game is a bludgeoning.

A few engine notes from earlier in the game. After 4....Nf6 SF already thinks Black is inferior...the engine doesn't defenses like this. 4....c5, as at least one human already suggested, would have been OK. 8.Ng5 would have been more than +1. If 8....h6 9.Nxf7 Rxf7 Bxg6 and White's two pawns, Black's wrecked kingside, and White's giant center outweigh the piece.

On move 9 the engine again goes for Ng5, and thinks 9.f5 pretty much gives up the advantage.

After 10.fxg6 the engine recaptures with the f-pawn. After 11.Ng5 Nc7 (neat way to cover e6) 12.Nd2 Rxf1+ 13.Qxf1 Nf6 14.dxe5 Qd4+ 15.Kh1 Ng4 and both sides have perpetuals looming...I wonder if Larsen avoided this because he wanted to win?

After 11.Qh4 the engine gives back some pawns to get organized: 11....e4 12.Bxe4 Ndf6 13.Bd3 c4 14.Bxc4 Nd6, with a slight advantage for White.

Black's 11....exd4 allows Ng5 again: 12....Ndf6 13.Nd2, and the threat of Ne4 is so strong that Black will have to give up a piece after 13....Bg4 14.h3. So Bisguier's 12.Bh6 was actually a mistake, and Black would have been better after 12....b5! and if 13.Ng5 Ndf6 14.Bxb5 Bf5 (covering e4!) 15.Nd2 d3! and if 16.g4?? then ....Qd4+ wins.

After 12....Nef6 13.Ng5 ("finally," mutters SF) matters were quite desperate, because White is threatening Bxg6. Larsen must have seen the threat, but his counter turned out to have a pretty big hole in it.

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  keypusher: As I think someone pointed out, 14....Bh8 15.Bg7 Kxg7 16.Nd2 is actually a forced mate, but that's just evil engine sorcery.
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