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Bent Larsen vs Robert Byrne
Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966), Havana CUB, rd 1, Nov-04
French Defense: Two Knights Variation (C00)  ·  0-1



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Oct-01-08  jerseybob: A first-board game that Fischer didn't win. This game was played when Bobby took a rare day off in his rampage through the '66 Olympiad. Nice work by Byrne.
Oct-01-08  drukenknight: 24 Qxf7+ looks better but I cant figure out where white finally messes this up... Isnt there some guy here that plays blitz endgames with Fritz?? maybe he can help??
Oct-03-08  jerseybob: The BCM 1967 confirms you in that, drukenknight, saying "24.QxPch draws".
Oct-03-08  drukenknight: wow, hmmm. Okay that answers that. But on the endgame what is theory here?, it looks like the white K is tied down to K side whereas the black K is on the side that is more active. Can K reposition himself by 45 or 47 Kf3?
Oct-04-08  jerseybob: I think white is still lost. If 45.Kf3,Kd4 46.Rd7ch,Kc3 47.Rb7,g5 48.Kg4,Rxf4ch 49.Kxg5,Rb4 50.Rc7,Rb5 seems to win due to black's much better king position. Maybe there's a hole there, I'm not using a computer. And after 47.Kf3,Kc3 48.Re3ch(what else?),Kc2 with Rd5 on its way. Black's endgame advantages are: more compact pawns, better king position, and superior bishop(white's is basically a spectator at c4 while black's aids in attack and defense(for example if 36.Rxc6?,Be4ch). And Byrne's timing is perfect, the way he zugzwangs the WR off the 7th at move 51.
Apr-02-09  drukenknight: thanks for comments jb, this endgame probably worthy of some study. I dont have patience for it I guess..

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