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Bent Larsen vs Robert Huebner
Leningrad Interzonal (1973), Leningrad URS, rd 6, Jun-09
King's Indian Defense: Larsen Variation (E90)  ·  1-0



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Jun-12-08  wanabe2000: I found a George Koltanowski chess column from 1973 in an old book that featured this game. He said, "Larsen shows his strength in this game, winning by the smallest of margins. Huebner considered his 9th move idea as losing control over the game". He gives recommendations from Gligoric. "9......Rd7 10.Nf6+ Bf6 11.c5 Nc6 12.Bb5 Rd8 13.Bc6 bc with good chances. Also, after 9......Rd7 10.Ne5? Nd5 11.Nd7 Ne3 12.Nb8 Nc2+ wins". A little chess history to share with the community.
Jul-20-15  Albion 1959: An inspired technical achievement by Larsen. To grind out a win in a virtually sterile position with opposite bishops. These types of endings are not always as straight forward as they first appear and need very intricate handling:
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  offramp: <Albion 1959> Well said! Larsen and Miles, despite their reputation for being a bit outlandish, were great innovators in the endings.

I think they both realised that it was in the endgames that the Soviet school had a huge advantage. So they really tried hard!

Jul-21-15  Albion 1959: I had another look at this game. I first came across it The BCM July 1981. It was annotated by GM Jon Speelman under the heading "Great Games 1970-1980" before he published his book Best Chess Games 1970-1980. A top-notch piece of work, though this particular game did not actually appear in his book ! Not sure why he did not include this interesting endgame. It is well worth closer study in my opinion. I thought Huebner could have played on for a few more moves, after all it was an opposite-coloured bishop endgame. Okay, so Larsen will win the h-pawn leaving him with the two connected passed pawns. This should ensure the win, but I would not have given up after move 49. But then again I am not, nor will I ever be a Grandmaster !!
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