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Bent Larsen vs Murray Chandler
"Snake Chandler" (game of the day Sep-17-2010)
Hastings (1987/88), Hastings ENG
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  1-0

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Sep-17-10
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  musicmanTRIBALx: did you mean 38. Bd5 Qxd5+ 39. cxd5
Sep-17-10  syracrophy: <musicmanTRIBALx: did you mean 38. Bd5 Qxd5+ 39. cxd5> LOL!!! I didnīt see it was check! xD Anyways, 39.cxd5 was much more simple :) Thanks for pointing that out
Sep-17-10  dzechiel: Sensational ending!
Sep-17-10
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What a finish!
Sep-17-10
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  coachjay: If you have been looking at Larsen games all week, have you noticed how he often repeats a move in many of his games? Interesting mind game or just trying to gain time on the clock? What a unique style Larsen had!
Sep-17-10
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  Once: This is the position with white to play:


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White wants to keep his powerful bishop on d5 but he is facing two threats: Rxa3 and Nxd5.

His answer is to give up his queen for rook and knight and neutralise both threats. 19. Qxa8 is a fantastic move that most patzers would run a mile from. But it gives white the aforementioned strong bishop, an aggressively placed rook on a8, a pin on the black Bc8, a half open file for the Rb1...

Stunning stuff. The mate isn't too shoddy either!

Sep-17-10  Ferro: Bony & Clide
Sep-17-10  Ferro: Parece Tarzan
Sep-17-10  nuwanda:

truely a fantastic game, especially the finish. but i have the impression that black played just to passive after the queen sacrifice. why not exchange white's strong bishop after 22.Bxb7? and normally the side with the queen gets tremendous resources once he is able to open up the position and activate his pieces, even at the cost of further material.

my thoughts are running along something like:

22...Bxb7 23.Rxe8+ Qxe8 24.Rxb7 Qa8 25.Re7 e4

arent things getting a little muddy here?

Sep-17-10  Garech: Fantastic game, I think my favourite Larsen victory of all time. RIP Bent, you were a legend!
Sep-17-10  shakespeare: The headlines has been "The great Dane died" - and he was truly great - I always enjoyed his games but didn't know this one - absolutely phantastic!

what may his opponent be at the moment? Fischer, Spassky...

Sep-17-10  ChessLlama: R.I.P Mr. Larsen. This game is just genius!
Sep-17-10
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  johnlspouge: The game has a beautiful positional sacrifice in 19.Qxa8. I found it interesting to play the moves with Toga evaluating all the way. The computer thinks White is behind after the sacrifice, about -0.4 P. It then suggests moves for each side (which I entered at about 15 ply). The pattern follows the game: Black tries a K-side attack, going nowhere, while White's Q-side infiltration becomes harder to ignore, until Black collapses. The computer becomes convinced, rather stubbornly, that Larsen's sacrifice was winning!
Sep-17-10
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  kevin86: Funny,a lot of the play was along the edges of the board and not through the center-as is usual in chess.
Sep-17-10
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  kevin86: Chandler:The hills are alive with the sound OF MUSIC.
Sep-17-10  iamsheaf: <nuwanda> White can get better position than the line that you offered. for instance, after 22..Bxb7 White can play Rxb7 (Qf8 Raa7) Qxb7 Rxe8+ and the e5 is falling.
Sep-17-10  CapablancaFan122: In the final position Bf5+ is mate as well. I like how the queen is just standing there, watching as its monarch is hopelessly entangled in the corner of the board.
Sep-17-10
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  joe1137: Sorry, you need to take the rook first.

22. . . . Bxb7
23. Rxb7 Qxb7
24. Rxe8+ Kg7
25. Nxe5

and white is fine

Sep-17-10  benjaminpugh: Yea, but if Bf5# then you don't get the Rook involved. More artistic to have as many pieces as possible involved in the mate.
Sep-17-10  drnooo: this game was a misprint: actually
white was Tal here. wasnt it?
oh maybe not. No, now that I look at
the photo of Chandler and his opponent, yep it can't be Tal, he was never blonde. Move over Mikhail.

Seriously folks I wonder whom else but Tal would have played the sac. Fischer? probably not, Petrosian? again, likely not. Keres? Maybe. Alekhine? Maybe. Korchnoi. Nope.
Karpov? No. Kasparov, a dubious yes.
Botvinnik? gimme a break Smyslov?
nope. Bronstein? Absolutely, he would ripped the rook off almost faster than Larsen. But you gotta admit this sac is pretty close to being in a league all its own.

Sep-18-10  nuwanda: hi <iamsheaf>,

i think you're right. looks like the sacrifice was just strong.

greets, nuwanda

Dec-10-10  Eduardo Bermudez: pretty mate !!
Oct-12-12  Shams: Is this Larsen's last, best game? I can't recall seeing anything post-1987 this impressive. Murray Chandler was near his peak this year, but he had no answer for Larsen on this day. I love how White vacates the Kingside so baldly, in the face of Black's e5-f5 pawn pair. Larsen saw that because of his LSB, his queenside play would quickly spread to dominate the center, and Black would have no time to rush his pawns forward.
Oct-14-12  Everett: <Shams> ten years later, one of his very best games, and one of my favorites of all-time.

P H Nielsen vs Larsen, 1997

Mar-07-15  newzild: Some notes on this game after running it through Stockfish. The silicon monster doesn't like Larsen's sacrifice, which it says gives up a 0.5 pawn advantage:

Stockfish agrees with Chandlerís 17...Nc7, even after a good 1-2 minutes of thinking, giving an evaluation of +0.5 in White's favour.

Stockfish dislikes Larsenís plan of 18. Bd5+ followed by 19. Qxa8 (=), preferring the simple 18. Qb2 (+0.5). In other words, the programme thinks the sacrifice was unsound.

After 20. Rxa8, Chandlerís 20...Bh6? wastes a crucial tempo (+0.7) that should have been spent on queenside defence. Instead, Stockfish gives several lines leading to equality, including 19...b6 20. Bb7 Qc7 21. Bxc8 Rxc8 23. Rxc8 Qxc8 (=) and 20...Qe7 21. Bxb7 Be6 22. Rxe8+ Qxe8 23. Bd5 Kg8 (=).

The next significant mistake was Chandlerís 26...gxh4, after which he is probably lost (+2.4). Instead, 26...g4 would have restricted Whiteís advantage to little more than an edge (+0.3).

From 33. Rb7 onwards, White plays perfectly, according to Stockfish.

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