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Nick de Firmian vs Michael Rohde
USA-ch (1989), Long Beach, CA USA, rd 11, Nov-??
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen Variation (B04)  ·  0-1



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May-29-09  hellopolgar: black has balls.
May-29-09  JohnBoy: Surely a computer analysis will reveal a missed win for white here...
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  Chessical: Programs do not seem to like White's position at all after 13.0-0-0, the position seems to be bust for White to the Silicon mind.

Instead, they prefer something on the lines of:

<13.Bd3> g5 14.Bg3 Bh6 15.Ne4+ (or <15. O-O> Rf8 16.Bxe5+ Kxe5 17. Rae1+ Kd6 18. Ne4+ Nxe4 19. Qxh7 Rf6 20. Qxe4 Kc7 21. Qxe7+ Qxe7 22. Rxe7+ Bd7 with an advantage to Black) <15...Nxe4> 16. Bxe4 Qf8 17.Qh5 with a lesser advantage to Black).

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  FSR: Rohde Warrior.
Aug-04-12  JohnBoy: Rhode kill
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  johnlspouge: < <Chessical> wrote: Programs do not seem to like White's position at all after 13.0-0-0, the position seems to be bust for White to the Silicon mind. [snip] >

Toga concurs. According to Toga, White had a small advantage initially, but it gradually disappeared, with <13.O-O-O> being the start of the slide in evaluation.

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  Phony Benoni: The infamous "Tal Blinked" variation. Larsen sprang 5...Nd7 on him in a Candidates Match and Tal, after long thought, avoided 6.Nxf7:

Tal vs Larsen, 1965

Analysis soon found a quick perpetual check for White in the line. The next year, Larsen tried it against Fischer in a blitz game at Santa Monica. Fischer sacrificed the knight and went for the drawing line, but Larsen varied, saying: "Now I play for a win!"

Fischer vs Larsen, 1966

No. You do not do that against Fischer.

Apr-07-13  scormus: <"Now I play for a win!"> and it took him 9 moves to reach 1-0. Didn't someone say "Larsen doesn't do quick draws."
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