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Bent Larsen vs Florin Gheorghiu
Siegen ol (Men) qual-D (1970), rd 8, Sep-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0



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Sep-24-06  ToTheDeath: Gheorghiu had lost so many times to Larsen that he cracked mentally in this won position, losing on time one move before the time control.

According to the Siegen Olympiad tournament book, "Eye witnesses present at the closing stages of this amazing encounter reported that Gheorgiu reached out his right hand to administer the lethal blow, Knight to Bishop Six, but at this precise moment the said hand was seized with a convulsive tremble which rendered the Rumanian Grandmaster incapable of transferring the piece to the required square. In the act of summoning up sufficient reserves of will-power to overcome this unfortunate and paralytic state of affairs, Gheorgiu overstepped the time limit."

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  fm avari viraf: <ToTheDeath> Thanks for the information regarding the incident but it is very unfortunate for Florin.
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  wordfunph: <ToTheDeath> i also read that in page 46 of Paul Hoffman's "King's Gambit - A Son, A Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game".
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  wordfunph: Bent Larsen - Florin Gheorghiu, Siegen ol (Men) qual-D 1970

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Analysis by Rybka 2.2n2 mp 32-bit:

1. (-1.63): 39...Nf3 40.Kg2 Ng5+ 41.Kf1 Qxc4+ 42.Qe2 Qxd5 43.Qe8+

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  Fusilli: <ToTheDeath> <wordfunph> I also read it in Paul Hoffman's book (good book, btw).

By the time of this game, their score was already 4.5 - 0.5, and in their last game, Gheorghiu had blundered badly:

Larsen vs Gheorghiu, 1968

Their lifetime score ended up being +8 -1 =7 ( Gheorghiu had to wait until 1980 to finally beat Larsen for the first and only time.

Dec-25-18  DonChalce: this is lame.

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