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Walter Browne vs Albin Planinc
Sarajevo (1970), Sarajevo YUG, rd 9, Mar-30
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1



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Oct-04-09  jerseybob: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Browne was mangled by Andy Soltis in early 1970 on the black side of this opening when he played 9..Bd7? 10.e5! Planinc's 9..Qd7 is a definite improvement on Browne's move. In 1994, Pachman-Danner, also in this database, followed Browne-Planinc up to move 12 when Pachman "improved" on Browne's 13.Re1 with 13.Nxe6?, a sac which is totally illogical with the queen on b7 instead of c7. How would Soltis have answered 9..Qd7? The whole scheme with a4-5 and Na4 just seems too cumbersome to me.
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  wwall: After 34...Rg6,Black has too many threats. Black should probably play 35.Qxb7, then Rg1. After 35.Qd3? Black has an easier win with 35...Bh1!, threatening 36...Qg2 mate and 36...Rg2+.

After 36.Rdxe4? (better was 36.Rexe4 and exchange everything), Black had 36...Rxa4!, winning the rook, since 37.Rxa4 leads to 37...Qg2 mate. And if R4e2, then ...Rxh4+.

After 37.Qxe4, instead of 37...Qa7, Black wins with 37...Rxa4!, since 38.Qxb7?? leads to 38...Rxh4 mate, and 38.Qxa4?? leads to 38...Qg2 mate. White loses his queen.

May-29-14  TheBish: I was just going to point out 37...Rxa4! but it has already been done. Probably time pressure was at play here.
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  perfidious: That shot is something Planinc would probably have found instantaneously in a blitz game or 'guess the move' puzzle, but any player's tactical acuteness can suffer when facing that dreaded monster, Time Trouble.
May-29-14  JohnBoy: Seeing this game in the recent comments list, I started playing through it. Immediate impression was that 35.Qxb7 Bxb7 36.Rg1 would have helped white. This was noted above by <wwall>, so I am in decent company.
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  nizmo11: 39...Rg3?? should have lost to 40.Bxf7+! Kxf7 41.e6+ Kg8 42.Qxa8 Nf8 43.Bxg3 (This is not mentioned by <Adrian Mikhalchishin> in his comments to game in <Forgotten Genius>.
According Stockfish Black had one more chance to play Ra4, but while the first two were rather simple, this 3rd Ra4, now without capture is a fantasy variation:

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39...Ra4!! 40.Bxa4 Ng5!! (40...Rg3? 41. Bd7!) 41.hxg5 Rxg5 and wins. The purpose of Ra4 was to deflect Bishop from f7: 39...Ng5 40.hxg5 Rgx5 41.Bxf7+! Kxf7 42. e6+ Kg8 43.Qxa8 Kh7 44.Qe4+ is perpetual check.
(Computer shows that 39...Nf8! is also winning but not for example 39...Ra7 40. e6! )

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