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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Bent Larsen
"Crazy Horse" (game of the day Sep-25-2017)
Interpolis 5th (1981), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Oct-08
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Dec-17-12  rogl: It's interesting to see how fast the development of computers is. In 2006 <LIFE Master AJ> wrote that it took Fritz9 30 minutes to see that 15.Ng6 is white's best move. Now Houdini3 immediately gives Ng6 as best.
Feb-12-15  TheBish: In Guess the Move, I chose 23. dxe5 instead of 23. Bxe5 as in the game, and got 2 points partial credit for being a "good alternative". Ha! I knew from already analyzing this on Rybka that 23. dxe5 is evaluated at nearly +11 (Black has to give up queen for bishop to stop mate) while the game move was "only" about +5 (and 23. Rxe5+ is almost a point higher than the game move). A slight deficiency in the program I would say. But any move that compels resignation is good!
Sep-25-17  Isilimela: Poor old Bent - always seems to be on the wrong side of brilliancies like this eg vs Spassky also in gotd recently
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  keypusher: <Isilimela: Poor old Bent - always seems to be on the wrong side of brilliancies like this eg vs Spassky also in gotd recently>

Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966

And there was nobody he couldn't beat on his day.

Fischer vs Larsen, 1970

Karpov vs Larsen, 1979

Larsen vs Spassky, 1964

Sep-25-17  lentil: Chessgames: The little 'jerk' at the end of each move actually nauseates me. This is my vote to remove it.
Sep-25-17  kevin86: Black's exposed king goes down-hard!
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: "Crazy Horse?" More like crazy horses.
Sep-25-17  Strelets: Love it. Love seeing the Caro go down in flames.
Sep-25-17  morfishine: If this was an Indian defense, the game title would gain traction


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  Sneaky: This is what you call a "one move game." It's all theory up to 14.Rhe1 but instead of following the perfectly reasonable mainline with 14...O-O, black uncorks his T.N. 14...a4?

This allows the immediate punishment with 15.Ng6 (the so called "Crazy Horse") ... a move from which Larsen never recovered.

According to Stocky, Bent still might have hung on for dear life with 16...N7b6 and ...Rg8. The variation I am reading goes <16...N7b6 17.Bd2 Rg8 18.Nfxe7 Nxe7 19.Ne5 a3 20.bxa3 Qc7 ⩲ +1.43 (34 ply)> Note that White can not really capture on g7 with check because he'll have too many pieces on the pot.

Lastly, a little off topic, but let me say the Indian game originated in India in the late 19th century pioneered by players such as Bonnerjee Mohishunder ... and has absolutely nothing to do with the native Americans!!

Sep-25-17  Albion 1959: I used to play the Caro Kann regularly back in the 80,s but had to give it up of because this line. The other systems I did okay with, but not this one. Larsen's idea of playing a5 and a4 was bad and it invited trouble and was probably lost after 16:Nf5, what a horrible mess Larsen got into:
Sep-25-17  morfishine: <Sneaky> On your comment: <...the Indian game originated in India...> Correct, but the game title referenced a native American (for some unknown reason)


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  Tal Apprentice: 23... Nd3 24 Qd3 Qe8 25 Qh3 Qg6 seems to hold the position.
Mar-09-18  areknames: <Tal Apprentice> No, 25..Qxg6 is met by 26.Nh4+.
Feb-20-19  SpiritedReposte: Truly a king sent to the firing squad.
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  FSR: 15.Ng6 doesn't strike me as a Monday-level move.
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  Phony Benoni: Not one of our Lovable Monday!

When we were having the problem with duplicates last week, puzzles were being advanced a day. What was originally a Tuesday puzzle became a Wednesday puzzle, and s on.

SO I wonder if this was originally meant to be a Sunday puzzle.

Dec-28-20  saturn2: The easy thing about this puzzle is to see it is not easy.
Dec-28-20  drollere: i'm afraid i went crazy with my horse and played 15. Nxf7 expecting Kxf7 16. Qh6+ and Rxe6 to double the R's.
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  Phony Benoni: Note to future kibitzers

This was the orginal Puzzle of the Day for Monday, December 28, 2020. It was immediately obvious a mistake had been made, and the puzzle was changed after the aove comments appeared.

Dec-28-20  drollere: i suspect this is not sound, but i was puzzled why black did not capture the N: 15. Ng6 Rg8, 16. Nxe7 Qxe7, 17. Nf5 Qd8, 18. Nd6+ Kf8, 19. Nxb7 Qc8, 20. Bd6+ Ke8, 21. Rxe6+ fxe6, 22. Qg6#
Dec-28-20  saturn2: <drollere> Your 15 .Nxf7 yields the same position as the game line. So either both are correct or both are incorrect.

15. Ng6 fxg6 16. Qxg6+ Kf8 17. Rxe6

15. Nxf7 Kxf7 16. Qg6+ Kf8 17. Rxe6

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  Honza Cervenka: This game is so well-known that it is a Monday level puzzle....:-D

15.Ng6!! Nd5 16.Nf5!! is pure beauty.

Dec-29-20  drollere: <saturn2: <drollere> Your 15 .Nxf7 yields the same position as the game line. So either both are correct or both are incorrect.>

yes, you would think that by following one branch to the same position. but if a player much superior to me chose to decline the pawn capture and N fork with Nxf7, then there must be a tactical reason to prefer Ng6. but, as an inferior player, i don't see what that reason is -- especially since the line i posted for Ng6 (where black does decline the capture by protecting the R) leads to mate in seven.

Dec-29-20  drollere: p.s. apparently the trick, according to SF, is that Nxf7 allows the capturing K to retreat to g8; if white then plays Rxe6 black can reply with Nf8 forking Q and R. so the point to Ng6 is that it gives white a tempo in the attack.
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