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Georgy Lisitsin vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 4, Jan-15
Zukertort Opening: Lisitsyn Gambit (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-21-07  BadTemper: what the heck!? insane opening
Jan-21-07  Resignation Trap: <BadTemper> One of my shortest wins in a tournament was with this opening: 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Ng5 Nf6 4.d3 h6? 5.Nxe4 Nxe4?? 6.Qh5+ 1-0

Lisitsin almost always played 1.Nf3, and, I suppose, he sometimes tried (after 1...f5) 2.e4 to break the monotony.

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  Phony Benoni: It had been a while: Lisitsin vs Riumin, 1931 and Lisitsin vs Botvinnik, 1933, both losses for White, are the only other examples around here.

At least you can say he didn't save it for weakies.

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  Domdaniel: I played the Lisitsin Gambit (1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 fxe4) several times in the 1980s -- with mixed results, though the games were always interesting. One way that Black could be a spoilsport was 2.e4 e5, transposing to a Latvian. Although I won on the couple of occasions when this was played against me, I still felt it was a sort of weakness in the Lisitsin Gambit.

In recent years, after 1.Nf3 f5, the original Lisitsin (2.e4) has largely given way to the Neo-Lisitsin (2.d3, with e4 to follow). Carlsen won a dramatic game in this line, and I had a good win against a 2200 player.

Nov-17-15  NeverAgain: You do realize that Carlsen-Dolmatov game is more than 10 years old, don't you? The Neo-Lisitsin is hardly as fearsome as that game would suggest, provided Black doesn't play as feebly as Dolmatov did.

More on it here: M Vachier-Lagrave vs Vaisser, 2014 (kibitz #20)

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  Domdaniel: <NeverAgain> Yeah, I know. Now that I think of it, my best win with the Neo-Lisitsin was also a few years ago. But I still think that 2.d3 has become more popular than 2.e4.

I may be wrong, but I think the most recent example of the Lisitsin proper in Opening Explorer is about 5 years ago.

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  Domdaniel: And I should perhaps point out that I posted comments on the MVL-Vaisser game in June 2014, when it was Game of the day.
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  Domdaniel: One of my games: G McCarthy vs J Joyce, 2010

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