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Bent Larsen vs Boris Spassky
Linares (1981), Linares ESP, rd 4, Jan-21
English Opening: King's English Variation. Closed System Full Symmetry (A26)  ·  0-1



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  Richard Taylor: Larsen must have felt like screaming when he missed that one!! He was also a great attacking player...he is still playing?
Jan-17-06  dakgootje: Yup, not too hard, though its of course only tuesday. However i probably wouldnt have found it OTB, but youve got a board with pieces then instead of only a miniature, so maybe i would have found it...not sure
Jan-17-06  simsan: I got it, and I think I might have found it OTB as well.

I mean: The fork looks so delicious, that investigating it a little further should be worth the trouble.

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  LIFE Master AJ: I got this one rather quickly ... less than 30 seconds. (Even with counting the material!)

The double sac, with first a pawn fork, then a skewer, (...Bh5+) is very attractive. Of course, White cannot capture the Bishop, as ...Qg5 will be mate. Nice!

Jan-17-06  Halldor: This puzzle shows well the importance of the priority of check; it ends with a decisive pin.
Jan-17-06  Koster: It took me several minutes. my tactics are really bad these days.
Jan-17-06  Koster: Larsen lost a queen ending to Keres in very similar fashion, trying to hard to win.
Jan-17-06  YouRang: Got it...eventually. I saw the line 43...g4+ 44. Kxg4 Bh5+ right away, but I didn't see the point of it at first. So I went off on some other tangents for a minute, but came up empty.

So, I returned to that first line and looked at the position after 45. Kxh5, and finally noticed that 45....Qg5# was staring me in the face!

An excellent <decoy> tactic, leading the king to its deathtrap.

Jan-17-06  kevin86: A nice finish! First-the fork 43...g4+:the queen is forbidden to capturing the pawn,so the king must. Second,44...♗h5+: the skewer;the king must take or the queen is lost. Finally,the mate 45....♕g5# explains itself.
Jan-17-06  Grampmaster: Instead of 42. Kh3 does 42. Qf2 hold the draw and offer White winnimg chances?
Jan-17-06  RookFile: I'm sure that 42. Qf2 holds the draw.
Remember that Larsen was one of the strongest endgame players: if he did not play 42. Qf2, it was because he could see the endgame would be a draw. As Larsen typically did, he spurned this and went for the win.
Jan-17-06  Sami Jr: Does anyone know if there is a way to view previous daily puzzles?
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  tpstar: <Sami Jr> Premium Members can find dozens of recent Daily Puzzles in their Tactics Archive
Jan-17-06  WMD: <Premium Members can find dozens of recent Daily Puzzles in their Tactics Archive>

Somehow I think I'll live without it.

Jan-17-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Nice puzzle. :) Took me 15-20 seconds I think.
Jan-17-06  Steppenwolf: 15 seconds, 30 seconds! That's slow. You would be pretty lame at bullet chess. Even for a 5 minutes blitz, 30 seconds is an eternity. I am surprised Larsen didn't give up instantly on g4+!
Jan-17-06  McCool: Three seconds, too easy for a Tuesday.
Jan-17-06  Synergy: Such puzzles are found much more quickly with so few material remaining.
Jan-17-06  patzer2: After Larsen's blunder 43. Qf3?? (leading to a draw is 43. Kg2! =), Spassky plays the double attack (i.e. pawn fork) 43...g4+! (today's puzzle solution) as a decoy to force the winning skewer 44. Kxg4 Bh5+! 45. Kxh5 Qg5#.
Jan-18-06  notyetagm: If you liked this <double decoy>, be sure to check out Mecking's great 25 ♗xf7+! ♔xf7 26 ♖xc7+! ♕xc7 27 ♕h7+ ♔e6 28 ♕x♕ from Mecking vs L A Tan, 1973.
Jan-19-06  morpstau: After Larsen's blunder 43. Qf3?? (leading to a draw is 43. Kg2! =), Spassky plays the double attack (i.e. pawn fork) 43...g4+! (today's puzzle solution) as a decoy to force the winning skewer 44. Kxg4 Bh5+! 45. Kxh5 Qg5#. Overall a nicely played game by both gentleman.
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  ketchuplover: Even I got this one :)
Nov-08-11  sevenseaman: <43...g4+ 44. Kxg4> render White's position untenable with Qg5 and Bh5 to follow.
Sep-18-16  TaregZarty: Great players
Mar-21-20  Isthisamove: how about 42. Kg3 instead of Kh3 - if ...Qe1+.43. Qf2 Qb4: 44. Qa7:
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