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Walter Browne vs Mato Damjanovic
"Walter Ego" (game of the day Mar-06-2015)
Venice (1971), Venice ITA, rd 11, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 27.Kg2!! I also like how the Bg5 plays great defense as well as offense, covering the d2 square.
Mar-06-15  Moszkowski012273: Nothing wrong with 13...Qxe5
Mar-06-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: The pun-maker shares my view of Browne.
Mar-06-15  morfishine: Insipid play by Black allowing a nice finish by Browne
Mar-06-15  offramp: Is this the least kibitzing any GOTD has ever had?
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  kevin86: The queen and bishop gang up on black's unprotected king.
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  whiteshark: The best thing about my alter ego is his alter ego. ;)
Mar-06-15  Jack Kerouac: I seem to remember a quote in Chess Life magazine in the U.S. when Walter was winning US championships in the early-mid 70's. Something like, 'Fischer is America's chess god, but I am the devil!'
Mar-06-15  Petrosianic: I don't remember that, but I remember Browne quoted as saying "I understand chess as well as Fischer does. You can take a position apart and there's nothing I don't understand about it."
Mar-07-15  vanderyacht: What was the purpose of 21...Rd5 ?
Mar-07-15  Retireborn: <vanderyacht> 21...Rd5 enables Black to meet 22.Re3 with 22...f5! then 23.exf6 gxf6 wins the white bishop, although White can still claim a perpetual with 24.f4!fxg5 25.Rh3.

In contrast eg 21...Rd4 22.Re3 f5? 23.exf6 and the rook is not pinning the bishop. Houdini thinks 21...Rd5 is actually the best move, although it's clear that Black's position remains difficult.

This game follows Kavalek-Benko played a few months earlier at Netanya 1971 (not in this database) where Kavalek played 16.Qg4 and eventually won on time in a completely lost position. I don't know if Browne had seen that game, but his 16.g4! is much stronger - a true grandmasterly move.

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