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Eugene Lubarsky vs Larry Christiansen
Sicilian Defense: Modern Variations. Main Line (B57)  ·  1-0



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Oct-24-04  rochade18: This must be an error: What makes Mr. Christiansen play Nxe4??
Oct-24-04  notsodeepthought: 8... Qe7 (with the threat of ...Ng3+ if the white knight moves) seems to be better for black - not that it's difficult to improve on ... Qa5+, mind you.
Mar-18-06  McCool: I like 6. ..g6 better.
Jun-29-07  nezhmet: 8...Qe7 9. Nc7+ Kd8 10. Nd5 Ng3+ is one of the main lines of the Ginsburg gambit. I worked on these lines in 1974. 6...g6? loses to 7. Qd5.
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  Honza Cervenka: <McCool: I like 6. ..g6 better.> What about 7.Qd5?
Aug-03-10  TheBish: Larry could have saved this game (but still gotten the worst of it) by 9...Qb6 10. Be3 Nc5 11. Nc3!? g6, when Fritz gives 12. Nxc5! gxh5 13. Nxd7, when Black can choose to give the queen back (13...Qxe3+ 14. fxe3 Nxd7) with a worse position, or give White three pieces for the queen and a brutal attack after 13...Qa5 14. Ne5+! (14. Nxb8+ is also good) Ke7 (or 14...Nd7 15. Nxd7 , but worse is 14...Kd8? 15. Nc4! when White wins the queen or mates, i.e. 15...Qc7 16. Nd5 Qc8? 17. Bg5+ f6 18. Bxf6+ Be7 19. Bxe7#) 15. Nc4 Qd8 16. Bg5+ f6 17. Nd5+ Ke6 18. Bxf6 Qc8

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19. 0-0-0! Rg8 20. Be7! Bxe7 21. Rhe1+ Kf7 22. Rxe7+ Kg6 23. Nxd6 and White wins the queen or mates (23...Qf8 24. Bd3+ Kg5 25. h4+ Kxh4 26. Rh1+ Kg5 27. Re5+ etc.).

I'm curious to know if this was a simul game -- Larry C. was too good of a player in '82 to lose so quickly otherwise! Having said that, GMs are human too, and Larry C. once had a quick win (12 moves) over Karpov when he blundered a piece (see Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993). I managed to beat Larry C. in a simul in Reno several years ago; he made a careless move, forgetting to save his bishop before proceeding with his plan!

Aug-03-10  TheBish: As an afterthought, I also have a nice win (23 moves) against Lubarsky! It's not in this database (yet!), but it's featured in "The King's Gambit as White" by Raingruber and Maser (with analysis by Christiansen!). Page 59 of the 3rd revised edition (plug for my friends), or I'll try to get it added here soon.

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