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William J Geus vs Vlastimil Hort
Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-5 (1964), Tel Aviv ISR, rd 4, Nov-06
Caro-Kann Defense: Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16)  ·  0-1



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  PizzatheHut: Why not 9...Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Qxd4? Is it because of 11. O-O-O when the black queen is vulnerable and white is way ahead in development? Seems like enough compensation for the pawn to me.
Aug-20-14  optimal play: <PizzatheHut: Why not 9...Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Qxd4? Is it because of 11. O-O-O when the black queen is vulnerable and white is way ahead in development?> Yep.

<Seems like enough compensation for the pawn to me.> No, not really.

19.Ne5? was a mistake

19.h4 instead would've kept the game even

Presumably Geus played 32.Ke4?? and only then saw 32...f5+! and so resigned before Hort had the chance to actually play it.

This game is from the 16th Chess Olympiad held in Tel Aviv (1964) and was played on 5th November during the 4th round (Qualifying group 5) between Australia (Geus) & Czechoslovakia (Hort).

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  perfidious: <optimal play> You may be objectively correct for all I know, but there is no reason a grandmaster will give a clearly weaker player so much leeway.
Aug-20-14  optimal play: <perfidious> I'm not sure what you mean?

If it is that Hort wouldn’t play 9...Bxf3 etc because it would give Geus so much leeway, then we agree.

My take on this game is that Hort saw <PizzatheHut>'s suggestion of 9...Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Qxd4 11. O-O-O but thought better of it.

He recognised that Geus would indeed be ahead in development and his own queen possibly vulnerable so instead opted for 9...Bh5 etc rather than take the d-pawn.

Despite white's slip-up at move 19 I believe the end result bears out black's correct judgement.

So in that regard it didn't seem to me that Hort gave Geus any leeway whatsoever.

And btw, just for the record, I forgot to mention that Czechoslovakia won this round 3½-½

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