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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Andre Lilienthal
USSR Absolute Championship (1941), Leningrad- Moscow URS, rd 8, Apr-04
Elephant Gambit: General (C40)  ·  1-0



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  peckinpah: Lilienthal is (and was) an optimist.
Nov-28-12  Maladetta: Tusk tusk.
Jul-02-14  Phony Benoni: At least he got it off his Bucket List.
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  FSR: Dunno what possessed Lilienthal to play the Elephant Gambit in this august event. It's his only game with it in the database. Didn't go well.
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  perfidious: <FSR>, I asked myself the same question those times I played the Blumenfeld, always vs 2300-plus opposition. (laughs)
Feb-22-22  Olavi: <FSR> Lilienthal wrote in his memoirs Schach war mein Leben (√Čletem, a sakk) that this game, among many others, is an example of his childlike nature. If I remember correctly, it was simply something a friend had shown before the game just a couple of moves deep in the main branches.
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  GrahamClayton: After 8 rounds, Lilienthal was equal last with Smyslov on 3/7, so maybe he decided an unusual opening was the best way for him to win and get back into tournament contention.

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