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Lajos Portisch vs Walter Browne
Amsterdam IBM (1971), Amsterdam NED, rd 13, Jul-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  1-0



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  RadioBoy: I really miss the good old days when chess tournaments like this were the norm. Usually one of the big names won, but you could usually count on a relative unknown making a really good showing, and occasionally even winning it. Nowadays it's always Carlsen and the rest of the usual suspects in the current world championship cycle. I'm getting really tired of all the coverage of them playing each other which began well before the covid crisis.
Dec-17-20  phantasmagorium: <RadioBoy> As a chess fan, I 500% agree. Ahh, those old days, where the likes of Fischer, Karpov, and Kasparov often competed against relative unknowns - and not always winning. My interest in chess started back in my late elementary school-early middle school age when in my country (Indonesia) in 1982-83 there were tournaments where the likes of Timman, Yusupov, Ribli, Portisch dll. played, as did such less illustrious players as of Orestes Rodriguez (Peru), Rafael Maninang (Philippines), and Indonesia's own best and non-best. And though strong players won the tourneys (Browne in 1982, Timman in 1983), I believe they picked a few defeats along the way.

Sad to see such mixed tourneys go extinct. It is as if (in soccer) Liga Primera, Premiership, etc. disappear and the strong teams only compete in some super league. The average quality may be so much better (because less strong players get shut out), but the excitement is gone. Yes, Champions League is nice, but so is regular competition. And the chess' version of the later appeared to have gradually disappeared back in the 90's. Sigh.

Dec-17-20  phantasmagorium: Oops ... "a few defeats" appear to be an overstatement.. more like a couple. But still, the big guys did not always win - and that is part of the appeal of such mixed tournaments.

I am not against supertournaments, BTW, I just do not like it if the big names only play there, or if the only invitational tourneys are the super ones.

Dec-17-20  Retireborn: Glad to be reminded of this game, as back in the 80s it was one of my favourites.

Browne's aggressive 24...Qc2 is actually a serious mistake; he'd have been OK with 24...Bxe5 25.Qxe5 f6.

I found Portisch's 26.Bxg7 and 29.Qa1 to be beautiful moves, although a modern engine would probably reveal that they aren't the very strongest moves.

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