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Svetozar Gligoric vs Lajos Portisch
Nice Olympiad Final-A (1974), Nice FRA, rd 5, Jun-19
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  0-1



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  Benzol: 53.Kg1 is a tragic mistake, 53.Kg3 would have given Portisch a lot more to think about.
Jan-14-05  aw1988: What is "Nice"? Is this a tournament?
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  Benzol: <aw1988>
Nice is the French city on the Mediterranean. This game was played at the Olympiad held there in 1974.
Jan-14-05  aw1988: Aha. Thanks for that. At first I seriously thought chessgames put "Nice" on really good games. Ah, the horror of a simple-minded user.
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  GrahamClayton: <Benzol>53. ♔g1 is a tragic mistake. 53 ♔g3 would have given Portisch a lot more to think about.

After 54. ♔g3 ♕h8 55. ♗a5 ♖e5 56. ♕d4 f4+ 57. ♕f4 ♖a5 58. ♕e4+, White has perpetual check. According to Edmar Mednis, Gligoric's error was that he was considering his own move on a general strategic basis, rather than looking at the specific consideration of Black's replies.

Source: Ednar Mednis, "King Power in Chess", McKay Publishing, 1982

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  wwall: 55...Qh1+ wasn't played in the game. That was best (55...Qh1+ 56.Bg1 Qxg1+! 57.Kxg1 Re1 mate), but the move Portisch made was 55...Qh4?, which should have lost. After 55...Qh4, White's flag fell and White lost on time. White should have played, after 55...Qh4, 56.Qg8+! Kh6 57.Qh8+ Kg6 58.Qxh4 Rxh4 59.d7, and White wins.
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  nezhmet: Mednis was wrong, 54. Kg3 Qh8! 55. Qa5 Qh6! and black mates. White was simply lost.

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