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Lev Polugaevsky vs Lajos Portisch
Petropolis Interzonal (1973), Petropolis BRA, rd 17, Aug-17
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  1-0

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Dec-25-11  King Death: This game wasn't played in round 4, it was played in the last round and White had to win to get into a 3-way playoff (after Geller took a quick draw) for 2 places in the Candidates. Portisch was lucky that this game didn't cost him after his quick draw with Bronstein the round before.
Aug-22-14
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  perfidious: In the aftermath of this critical win for Polugaevsky, believe Portisch was quoted as stating: 'Fischer was right. One should play every game without compromise'.

As noted by <King Death>, this could well have been a disastrous blow to Portisch's chances of moving on.

Aug-22-14
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  Fusilli: I was taken aback a little by 12...e5. Black allows white to open the center while a bit ahead on development and with the black king rather exposed. And this also allows white to push the silly f3 pawn with a tempo gain, improving the future range of his white-squared bishop. And it leaves the d5-square solidly in white's control, while the d4-square for black is of no value. Strange to see a strong and positionally gifted GM like Portisch make this move, no?

12...e6 seems more natural, but black will have problems with his king placement anyway.

Aug-23-14
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  FSR: <Fusilli: I was taken aback a little by 12...e5. Black allows white to open the center while a bit ahead on development and with the black king rather exposed. And this also allows white to push the silly f3 pawn with a tempo gain, improving the future range of his white-squared bishop. And it leaves the d5-square solidly in white's control, while the d4-square for black is of no value. Strange to see a strong and positionally gifted GM like Portisch make this move, no?>

Indeed. 12...e6 looks much better, and is. FWIW, Houdini 3 assesses 12...e6 as giving White just a tiny advantage (+.13), which instantly triples (+.39) after 12...e5?! 13.f4!

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