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Lajos Portisch vs Bent Larsen
Portisch - Larsen Candidates Quarterfinal (1977), Rotterdam NED, rd 4, Mar-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0



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Feb-22-07  olav dalkeith: This is Game 42 in Kasparov's My Great Predecessors Volume 3.
Apr-05-09  Dredge Rivers: Why? Neither were ever world champion!
Sep-19-13  Howard: In response to Dredge River's comment, Kasparov's MGP series does not deal with "only" games by former World Champions. Those players are certainly the main focus, by far, but other players such as Geller, Portisch, Larsen, Reschevsky, Keres, and Rubenstein certainly get their due.
Sep-19-13  Howard: At any rate, Kasparov dissects this game pretty thoroughly in MGP.

Chess Life and Review (as it was called back then) made the concluding comment to this game, "Portisch shows that he can play enterprising chess too."

In other words, the ever-creative Bent Larsen (who died three years ago this month) did not have a monopoly on creative chess in this match---as this game clearly showed.

On a final note, this game was a tribute to Larsen's courage and aggressive---not just to Portisch's technique.

Sep-19-13  JoergWalter: Portisch was known as one of the hardest workers in chess.
Oct-24-15  Howard: Oops ! His name was Rubinstein, not the way I spelled it. And he's one of my favorite players, too.
Jun-28-20  Howard: Utterly amazing how computers find things that humans cannot. The above-mentioned Stockfish analysis finds a lot of moves that Kasparov did not.

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