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Bent Larsen vs Lajos Portisch
Biel Interzonal (1976), Biel SUI, rd 6, Jul-17
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Flexible Line (A28)  ·  1-0



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Jun-29-08  HSS: The endgame from this game is discussed in Pal Benko's Psychology in the Endgame.

Larsen no doubt was pleased to score a win against one of his perennial rivals, but then Portisch was paired against him in the quarterfinals of the 1977 Candidates Matches...

...and that match went "quite differently" than this game did!

Dec-26-15  Howard: Somewhat surprising that this game didn't make the Informant---after all, it involved two of the top finishers in the Interzonal, and it had a decisive result.
Aug-29-18  sakredkow: Patient endgame by Larsen. Instructive king walk to the queenside relegating black's rook to the role of bystander.

Cue Lou Reed: Take a walk on the queenside doo da doo doo.

Aug-29-18  Howard: This game appears in a recent book by Larsen on his best games. Don't recall the exact title.'s surprising that this game didn't make the Informant, on my opinion.

On the other hand, one of the interesting aspects of the 1976 interzonal in Biel was that the heavyweight players played several decisive games against one another. In tournaments of that nature where there's a wide divergence in playing strengths, the tougher players tend to draw with each other and save their energy for the weaker players.

But, not in this event!

Mar-15-21  iron john: wasnt 21.ed5 good ?

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