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Walter Browne vs Vlastimil Hort
"Hort's to Laugh" (game of the day Nov-02-2013)
Hoogovens (1975), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Czech Defense (B08)  ·  0-1



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Nov-14-04  kostich in time: this is a very nice game by Hort..Nc2!! is a wonderful conception. The Kavalek Tournament book (which is one of the best ever written in in humor) says that after this game, hort went to a restaurant and ordered a huge steak.."he deserved it"
Jul-19-05  lentil: 41. Qxb4 Bxg2+
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  ToTheDeath: 23...Nc2 is a move that requires a great deal of courage-- the queen can so easily get trapped, yet Hort saw that his active pieces favored him.
Aug-04-10  BwanaVa: Actually, the full comment was to the effect:

After the game Browne said "I should have offered you a draw after 27.Rc1-you'd have taken it!" Hort just smiled and went to a restaurant and ordered an enormous steak-he deserved it!"

Truly one of the great tournaments and great tournament books.

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  LIFE Master AJ: I think they printed this game in the USCF chess magazine ... and I went over it.

To see it again ... after so many years ... makes me feel very old. ***sigh***

Nov-02-13  hellopolgar: Hurts to Laugh.
Nov-02-13  hellopolgar: 40. ... Bxc3 is just as good.
Nov-02-13  fokers13: nope white grabs the b7 pawn and his a passer is momentarily dangerous.

you could say black still wins but Rxc3 is a much more forceful(and probably better) move.

Nov-02-13  Kikoman: position after 40...Rxc3

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  kevin86: Black really has the upper hand here-a material advantage and an activity advantage.
Nov-02-13  hellopolgar: Engine gives the position after 40. ... Bxc3 -9.74, there is really not much white can do :)
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  HeMateMe: This is some wild s____!
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  Fusilli: Beautiful example of active play. The whole game Hort seems to have put his pieces in the most active and dynamic squares.
Nov-30-17  Howard: This game not only appeared in the May, 1975 issue of CL&R, but it also came in the top 2-3 places as far as best games of Informant 19.
Dec-13-17  Howard: Oops! It did NOT make the top 2-3 games after all---in fact, it didn't make the list at all! Just looked it up last night. Must have been had my mind on the Republican tax bill.

Sorry about that!

Dec-13-17  Howard: Another website not only states that 31...Rxd5 would have been stronger, but that 32.Nxa5 would have left Black with no advantage, according to Stockfish.
Jan-12-20  BwanaVa: How is it that this marvelous fighting game of Hort's, winner of the brilliancy prize for this tournament, is not listed under Hort's bio as one of his outstanding games?

Come on Chessgames!

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  perfidious: The criteria for appearing as a notable game is the number of game collections in which a game is saved, with the player in question either winning or drawing. While I have not reviewed Hort's list, it is reasonable to assume that this long-time top GM has numerous games which appear in more than six collections.
Mar-03-21  BwanaVa: Copy that, Perfidious. Still, one might think that a brilliancy prize winner over a top flight GM at the Biggest tourney of 1975 might perhaps jump the 6 collection line and be included.
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  NM JRousselle: My favorite move in the game is 25 ... exf6.

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