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Borislav Ivkov vs Bent Larsen
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 1, Jul-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  1-0



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Jan-31-08  SleepyEye: 39...f4 would have been interesting. According to Larsen, 40 Nh1 would have been best since 40. Nf5 would have been met with 40...Rdxd5 41.exd5 Rxf5 with drawing chances.
Dec-12-14  zydeco: Ivkov and Najdorf chatted before the game. Najdorf advised Ivkov "to play as if you were trying to draw, and Larsen will find a way to complicate the game in any way in his wish to win." So Ivkov selected a sleepy variation of the Queen's Indian (he says that 90% of masters would agree to a draw after move 12) and, sure enough, Larsen started playing aggressively.

15.g4 is a fishy move. Larsen could have played 15....g5 but saw a ghost in the exchange sacrifice 16.h4 h6 17.hxg5 hxg5 18.Rh6 Kg7 19.Rxf6. Instead, he gets a temporary initiative with 15....Nxg4 but it doesn't lead to much.

The players had seconds for the last moves of the time control. "It felt as if a guillotine were menacing, ready to cut the thread of the game in a fraction of a second after five long hours of consideration," writes Ivkov.

35....g5 is a horrible move and 37....f5 is also a mistake.

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