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Svetozar Gligoric vs Lajos Portisch
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 5, Nov-24
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Jul-20-13  csmath: Critical variation. Portisch achieved equality but then got lost in blocking and messed up position, attempted tactics, and got himself into hopeless ending. Gligoric played superb but could have been more precise in the end. 46. d6 would have paralized black.
Jul-20-13  parisattack: In 'I Play Against Pieces' Gligoric writes after 46. Ra6:

"46. d6 would only complicate White's task. Black now has to accept the inevitable because 46. ...Rd5: fails to 47. Ra8 +."

Jul-20-13  csmath: Well, Gligoric undoubtedly kept the winning either way. He was really playing this superbly. I believe this was his golden age when he knew a lot, studied seriously but his mental facility was not any more as strong as when he was younger.

Great game in any case.

Jul-20-13  parisattack: Those were certainly Gligo's prime years (late 60s - early 70s)! I've always found his games very instructional; a superb 1. d4 positional, logical, principle-based player.

He was also writing the wonderful Game of the Month column for Chess Review.

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  perfidious: <parisattack>: So they were, and Gligo's columns, along with those of Keres, made the magazine worth reading in those days.
Jul-20-13  parisattack: <Perfidious> I forgot the Keres columns! Yes, splendid, also. I believe those are the basis for the book Power Chess?

I've always been keen on openings, so Gligo's column was of especial interest to me. Four pages on the first 15 moves, half-page on the rest of the game. (A bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea.) Some of those are enshrined in Selected Chess Masterpieces.

Even Chess Life was decent in those days. I recall anxiously awaiting for Zuck-the-Book's latest analysis of the Poison Pawn Najdorf.

I think life was better before instant-gratification came along - but that is off-topic here.

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