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Viktor Korchnoi vs Laszlo Szabo
"Viktor-Laszlo" (game of the day Jun-02-2021)
Budapest-Leningrad (1961), Budapest HUN, rd 1, Apr-??
Hungarian Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A00)  ·  1-0



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Jun-14-08  CambridgeSprings1904: This game was discussed in "King Power in Chess" by Mednis.
Sep-05-13  TheFocus: From the Leningrad - Budapest Team Match.
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  FSR: Viktor-Laszlo. A shame that it wasn't played in Casablanca.
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  andrewjsacks: Pun well done.
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  Phony Benoni: I'M just imagining the annotation:


"This could be the start of a beautiful chess game."

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  al wazir: What stopped white from grabbing a ♙ with 12. Bxd6 ?

On move 34, black noticed that he was a ♖ down and promptly resigned.

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  Retireborn: <al wazir> 12.Bxd6 Qb6 leads to unclear complications; 12.Nf3 is much stronger.
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  perfidious: Despite Korchnoi's well documented avaricious tendencies, White has no need of a hot pawn; development is far more important at move twelve.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Finally realized, after all these decades, Korchnoi's greatest strength. Freedom from preconceptions.

Just because he plays g3 doesn't mean he has to play Bg2. Just because his e4 pawn will become weak doesn't mean he can't play 10.f4. Just because he played g3 on the first move doesn't mean he can't play g4 on the 8th (!) move. Just because no one else has ever played Qd1-d2-h2-g1 doesn't mean he can't.

Had I studied his games, would have played much better chess.

Jun-02-21  AlastairMarston: Play it again!
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  Messiah: What a "great" "pun".
Jun-02-21  goodevans: <24.?> White to play.

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Just brilliant. Decent pun too.

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  mrknightly: Discúlpame, quizás soy estúpido, but I don't get the pun. Is it a play on victor-less??
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  MissScarlett: My call for a moratorium (actually, a complete and irrevocable ban) on puns by <FSR> and <OCF> grows ever more urgent, and now, I trust, commands widespread support.
Jun-02-21  Brenin: <mrknightly> Victor Laszlo is a character (played by Paul Henreid) in the classic film Casablanca. <Phony Benoni>'s posting refers to the closing line "... a beautiful friendship". <AlastairMarston>'s refers to a line which is commonly supposed be in the film, but in fact isn't: the actual line is "Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake."
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  mrknightly: <Brenin> Thanks for your response. Know the film referred to, but would never have made the connection.
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  beatgiant: <MissScarlett> But those puns have letters of passage signed by GM Lagrave that cannot be rescinded, not even questioned. It might be a good idea to disappear from chessgames for a while. I could be induced to arrange your passage to chessbomb....
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  al wazir: <Retireborn: 12.Bxd6 Qb6>.

I'll buy that. Thanks.

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  OhioChessFan: The site owner told me she was about to implement <Scarlett's> suggested ban of me and <FSR>, but right then she had a vomiting fit from reading the pun "F Lee Bites" and forgot about it.
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  Breunor: Great Pun.

Game managed to impress half of Europe! (Sorry if you don't know the movie you won't get that joke).

I'm going to play it again (Sam)!

Making it relevant ...

Victor Lazlo was played by Paul Henreid. Bogart was a pretty good chess player; before he was famous he would hustle chess around Coney Island.

This website: says Bogart was almost master strength.

Apparently though he met his match in Henreid who was a little better, Henreid could take him when they were resting on the set. There are pictures around of them playing chess. So I guess Henreid as master strength, which is pretty impressive.

I was also surprised that white didn't play Bxd6,but it looks like the text move 12 Nf3 is best:

1) +1.11 (23 ply) 12.Nf3 h5 13.gxh5 Nf6 14.h6 Bxh6 15.Qd2 Bxf4 16.Qxf4 Nh5 17.Qe3 f6 18.O-O-O Qb6 19.Rhg1 Bd7 20.e5 fxe5 21.Bxg6+ Nxg6 22.Rxg6 O-O-O 23.Nxe5 Be8 24.Qg5 Bxg6 25.Nxg6 Kb8 26.Nxh8 Rxh8

12 Bxd6 is a real mistake, giving up the advantage:

1) =0.00 (24 ply) 12...Qb6 13.e5 Bxe5 14.Bxe5 Nxe5 15.Rh2 h5 16.Qe2 Qxb2 17.Qxe5 Qxa1+ 18.Kd2 O-O 19.Nf3 Re8 20.gxh5 Qb2+ 21.Kd1 Qa1+ 22.Kd2

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  eternaloptimist: This game started off as a Hungarian Opening: Symmetrical Variation after 1.♙g3 ♙g6 but it transposed into a Czech Benoni. So often black gets blasted when he/she plays this opening. This is yet another example of that & the fact that a very strong player in Szabo played it backs up what I’m saying. Of course sometimes black wins but whoever plays it as black normally needs to untangle his/her cramped position before that happens
Jun-02-21  macer75: Damn... chess was already around back in 1961?

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