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Rajko Bogdanovic vs Albin Planinc
"Planinc Board" (game of the day Feb-06-2009)
Yugoslav Championship (1965), Novi Sad YUG, rd 13, Feb-25
French Defense: Winawer. Petrosian Variation (C16)  ·  0-1



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Feb-06-09  NewLine: MASTERPIECE!

And you have got to strain your brain to realize how deep and precise it is!

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Stunning. Especially 20...Nd2, one of those shake-your-head-in-disbelief moves that you don't even realize is possible until after it's played.
Feb-06-09  MarbleSkull: I love the queen trap on 31. This game is inspiring.
Feb-06-09  sagahelten: As I see this game, it has great moves (Planinc) and mistakes on both sides. Nd2!! is stunning, but white allowed this combination with Be3. Planinc would not have come far in a match against Rybka...
Feb-06-09  kellmano: Those black night moves early on are out of this world.
Feb-06-09  sagahelten: The queen trap can be avoided with: 32. Rag1. That is the better option. But white is still worse.
Feb-06-09  davegras: He played black in his top six "notable games".
Feb-06-09  kevin86: Not a bad one-Planinc is good!
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  Once: Reminds me of Fritz chatter. If you have a well placed knight, the program sometimes says "My kingdom for a horse like that one!"

Of black's 38 moves, 14 are made by knights, including seven moves in a row between move 17 and move 23.

20...Nd2 is a very appealing move.

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After 21 Kxd2 Nxd3+ we might have got 22. Kxd3 Ba6+ 23. Nb5 Qxb5+ 24. Kc3 Qc4#

Feb-06-09  TheChessGuy: This is an outstanding creative achievement! Yes, it's not entirely sound, but how well would most players withstand such an opponent? Planinc's moves just drip with venom.
Feb-06-09  Riverbeast: Very sexy game
Feb-06-09  belgradegambit: One might say that Black came up with
A Plan Inc.
Feb-06-09  laskereshevsky: few weeks ago i lost a tournament game vs. an about 2350 player.

I was black....

I played a french with 4...♕d7

He won enough fast....

and after the game he said: " The ♕d7's french doesnt work... yeah.... its a weak move..."

Next time we'll met I'll say "U think Qd7 its a real poor move?!, lets go to talk with Mr. Planinc!"


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  OBIT: Planinc always plays like Tal on acid.
Feb-06-09  WhiteRook48: Planinc planned a lot
Feb-06-09  erimiro1: Sorry to inform you that talking with Mr. Planinc is impossible - the man is not with us anymore. I wonder, when exactly he saw the incredible 20. - N-d2!!. Was it on move 14, when he gave up a pawn? or move 17 when he gave up an exchange? It's clear that after 19.-Nc4, white's position is hard to defend and black has a full compensation for the lost material.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Yes, 20…Nd2 is a challenging, gutsy move, but white does have an adequate response after 21 Kxd2 Nxd3, instead of the blunder 22 Be3.

The text 22 Be3 (error) allows 22…Nxe5. White cannot respond with 23 dxe5 because of 23…d4, below, forking the knight and pinned bishop, while simultaneously putting the queen en prise.

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White’s answer after 20…Nd2 21 Kxd2 Nxd3, is the simple 22 Ke2.

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Now, if black tries 22…Nxe5, then after the exchange 23 dxe5 d4 24 Qd3 dxc3 25 Qxd7+ Rxd7 26 Rhd1 Ba6+ 27 Rd3 white is ahead.

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In this game, however, black's bold moves triumphed.

Feb-07-09  laskereshevsky: <erimiro1>...

When I'd wrote my post, my assumption was the clearness of my joke......

Maybe now is my turn to dont understand your counter-joke...?!...:)

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  Fusilli: And this is why chess is beautiful.
Feb-26-12  luzhin: 30.Qh4 was the fatal blunder, because after 30...f4! White loses Q for R. After 30.Rad1 Rh8 31.Qxh8+ Qxh8 32.Rxd2 White can't be considered lost. Still, a truly fabulous game by Planinc.
Feb-26-12  LawrenceBernstein: Planinc was one heck of a player.

I believe he got the GM title without having been an IM. I recall a book by Pachman that had a whole chapter about Planinc's debut in a GM tourney... with players like Gliga.

Anyone know if he played the Albin Counter Gambit!?

Feb-26-12  brankat: <LawrenceBernstein>

The following is from L.Pachman's book You mentioned. There were 10 grandmasters in the field. Planinc, at a time, was only a Candidate Master. Prior to the tournament he won the championship of his hometown Ljubljana (the capital of Slovenia), where Vidmar Memorial 1969 was to take place. That's how Planinc qualified for the tournament.

"With one round to go Planinc was half a point ahead of Gligoric, though a tie seemed the most likely result, for Gligoric was to play the tailender, Stupica, while Planinc had a much more dangerous opponent in grandmaster Gheorghiu. Many players in Planinc's place would have been content with a tie and have used the advantage of the white pieces to obtain the necessary half point. As things turned out this would have been easy to achieve, for Gheorghiu offered him a draw twice during the game. The young player, however, had other ideas and first sacrificed a pawn in an unclear position and then later mad a perfectly correct rook sacrifice. The game, which turned out to be one of the most beautiful of the tournament, gave Planinc the final point, which caused a great sensation in the world of chess. An unknown player had won first prize and had satisfied the standard for the award of the grandmaster title- a title which he could not recievee because the FIDE rules do not permit such jumps. A player first has to be a master before he can become a grandmaster."

Decisive Games in Chess History - Ludek Pachman

Planinc 10.5
Gligoric 10
Unzicker 9.5
Tringov 9
R. Byrne 8.5
Matanovic 8.5
Gheorghiu 8
Puc 8
Barcza 7
Damjanovic 7
Parma 7
Musil 6.5
Robatsch 6.5
Bajec 5.5
Fortinos 5.5
Stupica 3

Aug-20-13  phil6875: Planinc very nearly lost the win here with 27...Nc4+.

27...Ng4+ was much stronger, following with 28. Kd3 Qg7 29. h4 Nf2+ 30. Ke2 Nxh1 31. Rxh1 f4 32. Qe5 Qxe5 33. dxe5 d4 34. Rg1 dxc3 35 bxc3 fxg3 36. Rxg3 Rf5 37. Ke3 Rxe5+

Luckily for him Bogdanovic played 30. Qh4 instead of 30. Rad1

Apr-12-14  lentil: 20... Nd2!! was amazing, but I was amused by the way d2 seemed to be a magnet for B's knights: 29...Nd2; 36 ...Nd2.
Apr-01-20  Xeroxx: This game tied a knot in my brain.
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