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Vladimir Savon vs Walter Shawn Browne
Hoogovens (1972), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-14
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Jan-05-10  Rama: Browne's 18. ... Nd3 is daring. His 21. ... Qxc3!, is wonderful!
Jan-06-10  CruyffTurn: <Rama> What wonderful play huh? Lovely stuff.
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  wordfunph: "In Wijk aan Zee I beat Savon, the then Soviet Champion, in 20 moves with Black. When he lost it was the first time I ever saw emotion from a Soviet. He hit the table. Pow! He showed his anger and frustration. It was a very interesting experience to see that."

- GM Walter Browne

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  Joshka: Just started reading Walter's book, very interesting indeed, many comments on the top players of that day. Reads so far like a diary, though, that's allright, he's cramming many years into one book. He starts to write about his 3 day invite to work with Fischer at Grossinger's before the Spassky match/but really leaves so much to the imagination. Hoping there is more later on in the book. Oh, my 2nd report that Bobby liked and played baseball. Walter writes about seeing Bobby play in New York. Peter Biyiasas is the other player who wrote about Bobby and baseball.
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  perfidious: The speedy denouement of this game does not change the overall impression that this line of the Neo-Gruenfeld is probably slightly better for White, so long as he keeps the tactics under control.
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  FSR: <The game that Browne liked most was his 1972 victory over the then USSR champion, who replied to Browne's winning tactic by banging his first on the table before offering a limp handshake.

White's 8 Ne5 improves on 8 Nc3 Ne4! but later 13 Rc1 targeting c6 is best when Browne planned Nb6 with counterplay. White tamely allows the freeing e7-e5 then errs again when 18 Bb2 d4 19 Rc5 keeps him in the game. 21 Qd4?? is a huge blunder though 21 Bf6 Rd6 22 Bd4 Nxa2 23 Qa1 Nxc3! 24 Qa5 Nxe2+ and Nxd4 favours Black.> Leonard William Barden, (reviewing Browne's book <The Stress of Chess>).

Jun-24-15  optimal play: <<<Browne gives a lesson to Soviet champion>

Australian grandmaster Walter Shawn Browne gave a tactical lesson in 21 moves to the current Soviet champion, Vladimir Savon.

The occasion was the Hoogoven tourney recently held in the Netherlands.


Hypermodern play by both sides followed by a short skirmish in the centre.


White's sortie seems premature with so many pieces undeveloped.


Another attempted knight sortie by White is neatly parried by Black


With this "old fashioned" move, lines are opened and everything springs into life; but Black, with his better piece placement, can make greater use of the opportunities.


A surprise sacrifice with enormous potential. White fails to find an adequate reply.


Another surprise! Black retains material advantage after 22.QxQ NxPch retaking the queen.>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Wednesday 23 February 1972 page 25>

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