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Vladimir Raicevic vs Mihai Suba
3rd Liberation Tournament (1974), Novi Sad YUG, Oct-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. Bellon Gambit (A22)  ·  0-1



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Nov-14-03  tud: I liked 4 ... b5 here. It can surprise.
Dec-27-04  Everett: What a bizarre looking system. Suba's take on both the white and black side of the English is unorthodox, certainly.
Dec-28-04  Everett: Pawn thrusts at 33 and 34 are designed to bring the darksquared bishop back into the game via d8 and h4.
Mar-16-06  siggemannen: i think it's called Bellon Gambit, Suba discusses it in his book Dynamic Chess Strategy i think it's called. Awesome book actually.
Dec-16-08  haggismcbean: This is such an excellent game. Every other move by black should be awarded the exclamation mark!
Dec-20-08  Everett: Suba had planned, if white played 17.d3... Rxf4! 18.exf4 Qd5 when the obvious 19.Bf6 avoids immediate defeat to ...Nxf6+ 20.Kh1 Qh5 21.h3. The other option after 17.d3 Rxf4 18.exf4 Qd5 19.f3?? is mate in three: 19...Ne2++ 20.Kh1 Ng3+ 21.hxg3 Qh5#.

Back to the game, not 18.exd4?? Qxg2+ with mate in two.

I really like the finish starting with 35...Bd8. It seems white's only way to hold out is 36.Bh5 <leaving an escape square for the K> 36...Qh1+ and ..Qxh5 is an easy win for black. Even better is 36...cxb4 as the Q cannot leave protecting c2.

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  GrahamClayton: <siggemannen>i think it's called Bellon Gambit, Suba discusses it in his book Dynamic Chess Strategy i think it's called. Awesome book actually.

I agree with you - Dynamic Chess Strategy is an excellent book.

Suba mentions that this is the only game where he played 3...e4. The previous day he had lost after gaining a winning position against Roman Hernandez, and he was in the mood for revenge.

Mar-10-11  sevenseaman: What an incisive Mihai! Its like a hot knife on butter; even when its resting its going through.

I wish I could lay my hands on his 'Dynamic Chess Strategy'.

Towards the end Suba just ignores the diversionary bull 36. Qc6? And rightly, its too superficial and glib.

<Everett><Back to the game, not 18.exd4?? Qxg2+ with mate in two.> Alert and sharp!

Could someone define the 'Bellon Gambit'?

Aug-15-15  colinb8: <GrahamClayton>Suba mentions that this is the only game where he played 3...e4.<GrahamClayton>

To be precise, and using Suba's own words in the "extended and updated" 2010 edition of "Dynamic Chess Strategy" published by New In Chess: [This was] the first (and last but one) time I played this move!

Just before this game in the book Suba writes that Tal and he both played in 1974 tournaments in Lublin and then in Novi Sad, and that Tal ("this genius of the chessboard") was the most popular chess player of all time, and was both spirited and very friendly. Suba spoke Russian, so Tal and he were soon on mutual "Misha" terms. During the Novi Sad tournament they were both at a banquet. Suba writes that Tal was downing one glass after another, and took Suba to task:

Tal: You don't drink very much, Misha!
Suba: I've got a tough game tomorrow, Misha.
Tal: With whom, Misha?
Subal: With you, Misha!
Tal: Da svidania pad stolom!

which Suba helpfully translates for us as "I'll see you under the table"! Suba then adds that the next day he played reasonably well and drew, but - alas - that game with Tal doesn't yet seem to be in the database.

Aug-15-15  Granny O Doul: I've played the line with 3...e4 and 4...b5 a few times. Whenever White replied 5.d3, I suffered.
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