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Florin Gheorghiu vs Michael John Basman
Hastings (1967/68), Hastings ENG, rd 7, Jan-03
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-15  ToTheDeath: Basman relates the sordid tale of this game in the new issue of Kingpin magazine:

<One evening during the event, Florin Gheorghiu, the Romanian grandmaster, invited me to his room.

‘Michael, the Romanian government has told me that I must win an international tournament or they will put me in the army and I could get shot in battle.’ I was aghast at this prospect and agreed to throw my game to help Gheorghiu to help him.

‘If you need money. . .’ said Gheorghiu.
But I waived his suggestion aside. The game duly took place and around about move 12 I made a serious positional blunder which allowed Florin to win (the game was later published as a brilliancy).

This was the famous ‘infamous’ Hastings, where all four grandmaster, Gheorghiu, Hort, Stein and Suetin, mysteriously finished top with 6 points each, thus splitting all the prize money.

Frank Rhodes was disgusted. Totally sloshed, he arrived at the scene of the last game, a miserable draw agreed in a tiny number of moves, and gave it a slow hand-clap.

‘Great game! Tremendous battle! Wonderful fight!’ he jeered, to the embarrassment of the spectators. Several years later Gheorghiu was apprehended when he attempted to bribe Piasetski to throw a game to him. Piasetski not only defeated Gheorghiu but also lodged a complaint with the tournament organizers about the incident.>

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  perfidious: Most interesting.

Here is the later game to which Basman refers: Gheorghiu vs L Piasetski, 1977.

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