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Walter Browne vs Vladimir Kovacevic
"The Way of Walter" (game of the day Mar-18-2023)
Rovinj / Zagreb (1970), Rovinj / Zagreb YUG, rd 3, Apr-14
Caro-Kann Defense: Gurgenidze System (B15)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 4.h3!--what an annoying and obnoxious move for Black to face. 4.e5,h5 gives Black what he wants (check out the Opening Explorer). 4.Nf3,Bg4 gives Black what he wants. 4.h3 gives Black nothing. White could have also tried 4.f3!? intending 5.Be3, 6.Qd2 and an eventual 0-0-0 followed by King side mayhem.
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  OhioChessFan: 4. h3 is annoying in blitz in the CaroKann. You don't have the typical automatic LSB move, and it can take some time to decide where and when to move it. Due to the similar Pawn structure, an early h3 is just as annoying early in a Slav. But in the CK, 4. h3 dxc4 is fine.

Really good pun.

Mar-18-23  goodevans: In common with most early postions reached via the 'Gurgenidze System', that reached after 10.Re1 arises more often via the 'Robatsch / Modern Defence'. Looking across three separate opening databases it seems that <10...Nd5> is a popular choice despite having lousy results. Go figure.

After that move, Black was on the back foot for some time and seemingly the first time he ventured something more positive, <20...Nf4>, Browne dismantled his defences. <25...Nxd7> was a humiliating move to have to make but <25...Qxd7 26.d6> would have been even worse.

I've always found those positions with a bunch of pieces adjacent to each other, like the final position here, difficult to calculate for some reason.

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Maybe Kovacevic had the same weakness. Browne certainly didn't.

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  Honza Cervenka: 20...Nf4 seems to be an ill-advised tactical attempt to simplify position, which failed badly after 21.c4! and 22.d5! 20...Rcd8 or even 20...b5 would have been a lesser evil.
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  keypusher: Great pun. A sort of similar game also featuring an early h2-h3: Tal vs A Kolarov, 1970. But Browne's game was first!

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