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Borislav Ivkov vs Bent Larsen
Hoogovens (1964), Beverwijk NED, rd 11, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Modern Bc4 Variation (B35)  ·  0-1



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Nov-13-03  fred lennox: Larson is renown for flank attacks. Here white achieves central domination. Larson sacrifices a rook to let him have it -20..Rc5. This opens the b8-h2 diagnol, decisive for black.
Feb-10-04  Everett: Isn't that mate?
May-31-04  vonKrolock: One of Larsen's own 'selected' from 1948-69... is quite impressive to see a world-class GM like Ivkov, whith exchange and pawn plus, being out-tussled and finally mated - L.'s good memeries are associated whith tactical moments like 20...Rc5!, or 25...f5 !etc, and the story focuses on Ivkov's long time spent on finding reasonable answers to the tricks, Zeitnot, and so on... I like Larsen's style - a good story turns a game in something alive - in purely analitical parameters, however, the inconsistencies are quite evident: f. ex - instead of 27.Rd1?, White had time for 27.Qa5 Bf6 28.Qd2 - giving back exchange but retaining all winning chances in endgame - further 29.Rd8 forces an imediate draw 29..Qf2 30.Rd2 Qh4 31.Rd8, otherwise the Rook escapes from 'g5', etc.
Jul-23-14  ScottElliott: Very nice knight maneuvering by Larsen. Nf6-Nd7-Nb6 and Nc6-Na5. Black can them eliminate one of White's dangerous bishops at will.
Jul-23-14  ScottElliott: Brilliant position sac with 20 ... Rc5. No way Larsen could have calculated this to the end it seems. He simply had the position insight to know his bishop would rule the h8-a1 diagonal, and White over-extended pawns, and weakness on the dark squares despite being the exchange up would be helpless against the black attack.
Mar-20-17  Saniyat24: <Everett> yes, the White Kings seems to have no square to flee and no white pieces can capture the black Queen...looks like mate to me...!
Oct-03-22  jerseybob: By transposition after 12.0-0-0 the position is identical with Fischer-Purevzhav Varna 1962, where Purevzhav played 12..Bd7. Larsen's 12..Nxb3+ doesn't get a full test here since Ivkov quickly goes off the tracks with 14.Na4!?

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