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Bent Larsen vs Palle Ravn
"Quoth the Ravn, "Nevermore."" (game of the day Aug-25-2004)
Herning, mesterklass (1952)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense McCormick Defense (C35)  ·  1-0



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Aug-25-04  notsodeepthought: "Palle the Conquered" might also work.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How about "Bent's Larceny?"
Aug-25-04  acirce: lol, those are great suggestions.
Aug-25-04  checkpat: This time I got the pun.

But what happens after , say 35 ..Rd8

Aug-25-04  Poulsen: then 36.Rc7+,Rd7 37.Qg5+ and black is soon mated after 37.-,Ke6 38.Qg4+ or 37.-,Kd8 38.Rc8+ ...
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  kevin86: Was the pun taken from Cleveland?

Strange game:white and black exchange attacks-only to realized that black's king is exposed in the center of the board.

Aug-25-04  PawnBlock: The pun is from Elder Allen Poe's poem, "the Raven."
Aug-25-04  Shah Mat: <The pun is from Elder Allen Poe's poem, "the Raven." >

I'm sure you mean Edgar ;)

Aug-25-04  Andrew Chapman: I thought 27...e4 might have given black some counterplay
Aug-25-04  notsodeepthought: 27 ... e4 is probably stronger than the text, but white may still be better after 28 Rd4 where the e4 pawn is difficult to defend (28 ... Re8 runs into 29 R:d6; if 28 ... e3 then Re4).
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  patzer2: Black cannot touch Larson's poison Bishop. If 15...fxg5??, then White wins after 16. Nxd6+! cxd6 (16...Qxd6? 17. Qxe5+ Qxe5 18. Rxe5+ Be6 19. Rxe6+ Kf7 20. Rf1+ Kg8 21. Re8#) 17. Bb5+ Bd7 18. Bxd7+ Qxd7 19. Rxe5+ Kd8 20. Re6 , with a simple but decisive pin in this position.
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  patzer2: Ravn's 16...Bc6?? gives a win to Larsen after the surprise pinning move 17. Bb5!!

Black should have played 16...Rd8 17. Bf4 for his best chance of holding at this point in the game.

However, Larsen seems to have missed the best followup to his brilliant 17. Bb5!! pin, as he allows Black the opportunity to get back in the game with 19. Qxa7 . Instead, Larson should have played the stronger 19. Bd5+! or 19. Bxf6! to assure his winning advantage.

Play could continue 17. Bb5!! 0-0 18. Bxc6 Rab8 19. Bd5+ Kh8 20. Bxf6 gxf6 21. Qxa7 Rb6 22. a3 Rfb8 23. Bb3 Qf8 24. Nxd6 cxd6 25. Rf1 Qd8 26. Qa4 , and White wins with two extra pawns against isolated Black pawns.

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  patzer2: I have to give it to Larsen that he squeezed the pawn advantage extremely well after 19. Qxa7 .

Pavn could have avoided the backward pawn weakness he created with 24...fxe5?! with the slightly better 24...dxe5 . However, against Larsen's near flawless play, I don't know if it would have been enough to save Black's game.

Although it looks simple, Larsen's 29. c4! Rb6?! (Black should have played 29...Kh8) 30. Qd5! pinning the Queen to exchange to a won ending is decisive.

Of course Pavn makes it easy for Larsen after the blunder 30...Kf7?? 31. Rf3+ (relatively better was 30...Qxd5 31. cxd5 ).

Then there is a small exchange of less-than-best moves beginning as Larsen chooses 32. Qe4 over 32. Rdf1 . However, Pavn then plays the inferior 32...Qxc4 , missing the better 32...Rxc4 33. Qxh7 Rg5 .

Yet, overall, despite a few arguably minor miscues, I'd have to say I'm extremely impressed with Larsen's handling of the heavy artillery (Q+R) in pushing a slim pawn advantage for a win.

Aug-26-04  PawnBlock: Oops, I do mean Edgar, <Shah Mat>, funny cuz I THOUGHT "edgar" when I typed it. *sigh*
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