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Oscar Panno vs Bent Larsen
"Panno-Rama" (game of the day Jul-21-2009)
Palma de Mallorca (1971), Palma ESP, rd 4, Dec-02
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation Larsen Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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  Mateo: Panno was 2570 and Larsen 2660. Impressive win for White. Panno shows how to take advantage of a king caught in the center.

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.d4 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5 11.e5 Nd5 12.O-O cxd4 13.Re1 g6 14.Bg5 Be7 15.Bh6 a6 <later, Polugaevsky played 15...Bf8 against Tukmakov and drew> 16.Rc1 Bf8 17.Bg5 <17.Bf8 looks good too with a big advantage to White, but Panno plays to keep Larsen's king in the center> Qa5?! <A bad square for the Queen. 17...Qb8 was safer> 18.Nd2! <Much better than 18.Nd4. Larsen has problems with his Queen> h6 19.Nc4 Qc7 <only move> 20.Ncb6 Qb8 21.Nxd7! <21.Na8? hg, the Knight is trapped> Kxd7 22.Bf6! Rg8 <22...Nf6? 23.Nb6! Kd8 (23...Ke7 24.ef ; 23...Ke8 24.Qa4 Kd8 25.ef ) 24.ef Ra7 25.Qa4 Qd6 (25...Bg2 26.Rc8 ) 26.Qa5 Bc6 (26...Ke8 27.Bb5! ) 27.Bb5! Rc7 28.Bc6 wins> 23.Be4 Qa7 <otherwise 24.Qd4> 24.Rc4 Be7 <24...Ke8 25.Rd4 recapturing the pawn with a big advantage for White, since the Black King is caught in the center> 25.Rxd4 Rgd8 26.Bxd5 Bxd5 27.Rxd5+!! <the knight was the key of the defence> exd5 28.e6+! fxe6 29.Bd4 Qc7 <29...Qb7 30.Nb6 Kc7 31.Re6 > 30.Nb6+ Kc6 <30...Ke8 31.Qg4! Kf8 32.Qg6 > 31.Nxa8 Rxa8 32.Rxe6+ Kd7 33.Rxg6 Qc4 34.b3 Qb5 35.Rb6 1-0

Mar-17-08  Whitehat1963: Excellent tactics from the Player of the Day.
Feb-22-09  newzild: A fine game. I especially liked the instructive 18.Nd2!

Also good were the exchange and pawn sacs on moves 27 - 28. A Saturday or Sunday puzzle, maybe?

Apr-13-09  BarcelonaFirenze: Does anybody know if this game was played before or after the Fischer-Larsen 1971 match?
Apr-13-09  parisattack: Wasn't this game played at the Palma Interzonal in 1970?
Jul-21-09  arsen387: an excellent game!
Jul-21-09  euripides: Larsen, who admired and was influenced by Nimzowitsch, would have admired Panno's positional combination here. The black-square bind recalls

Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911

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  TheDestruktor: Man, what a game. No wonder there is almost no kibitzing for it today, even being a GOTD. Seems that no one knows what to say (including me).

It will take a while for me to really understand this game.

Jul-21-09  AugustAle: I'm sure 'd have to play 20.Nd6+ OtB.
I'ts like a forced move, or a trainwreck.
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  kevin86: Wow! The king hunt turns into a queen trap-
Jul-21-09  davegras: Panno was really on his game. All sorts of pressure on Larsen.
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  fm avari viraf: Bent Larsen, ultimately inviting a calamity of getting trapped in the cycle of survival. The more vigourously he tries to extricate himself, the more intricately he gets entangled. A beautiful & didactic game!
Jul-21-09  SirChrislov: Quote of the Day, Aug-31-08:

"Whenever you have to make a rook move and both rooks are available, you should evaluate which rook to move and, once you have made up your mind... move the other one!"

--Oscar Panno

Jul-21-09  lzromeu: Maybe 28...Ke8 could avoid the terrible combination
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  Check It Out: Panno had the initiative for most of the game it seems. 13...g6 may have started some problems, as 14.Bg5 seemed to be a thorn in black's side for some time.

19.Nc4 really seemed to take the ball and run, pushing the queen back to b8 eventually.

I have no idea the position evals after 34.b3, but white's rook is very active compared to black's, and the black king is exposed.

34...Qb5 is obviously a ?? move.

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  tpstar: Sometimes I'm right (1. c4 Nf6), but I can be wrong (2. Nc3 e6)/My own beliefs are in my song (3. Nf3 d5)/The butcher (4. d4 c6), the baker (5. e3 Nbd7), the drummer and then (6. Bd3 dxc4)/Makes no difference what group I'm in (7. Bxc4 b5)/I-I-I am everyday people (8. Bd3 Bb7), yeah yeah (9. e4 b4)/There is a blue one (10. Na4 c5) who can't accept the green one (11. e5 Nd5)/For living with a fat one (12. 0-0 cxd4) trying to be a skinny one (13. Re1 g6)/Different strokes for different folks (14. Bg5 Be7)/And So on and So on (15. Bh6 a6) and scooby dooby dooby (16. Rc1 Bf8)/Ooh sha sha (17. Bg5), we got to live together! [17. Bxf8 Kxf8 18. Nc5 Nxc5 19. Rxc5 Kg7 ]/I am no better (17 ... Qa5), and neither are you [17 ... Qb8!? ]/We are the same (18. Nd2 h6), whatever we do [18 ... Rc8!? 19. Nc4 Rxc4 20. Rxc4 Bg7 ]/You love me (19. Nc4 Qc7), you hate me (20. Ncb6 Qb8), you know me and then (21. Nxd7 Kxd7)/You can't figure out the bag I'm in (22. Bf6 Rg8)/I-I-I am everyday people (23. Be4 Qa7), yeah yeah (24. Rc4 Be7)/There is a long hair (25. Rxd4 Rgd8) who doesn't like the short hair (26. Bxd5 Bxd5)/For being such a rich one (27. Rxd5+! exd5) that will not help the poor one (28. e6+ fxe6)/Different strokes for different folks (29. Bd4 Qc7)/And So on and So on (30. Nb6+ Kc6) and scooby dooby dooby (31. Nxa8 Rxa8)/Ooh sha sha (32. Rxe6+ Kd7??), we got to live together! [32 ... Bd6 ]/There is a yellow one (33. Rxg6 Qc4) that won't accept the black one [33 ... Bd6 34. Be5!! Re8 35. Rxd6+ Qxd6 36. Bxd6 Kxd6 37. Kf1 ]/That won't accept the red one (34. b3) that won't accept the white one [34. Qg4+ secures victory Kc7 35. Be5+ ]/Different strokes for different folks (34 ... Qb5)/And So on and So on [34 ... Qc8 35. Be3 ] and scooby dooby dooby (35. Rb6)/Ooh sha sha [35. Bb6 Ke8 36. Qf3 Rd8 ], I-I-I am everyday people (1-0) - Sly and the Family Stone + Fritz 7, "Everyday People"
Mar-19-11  Rama: The sequence from 18. Nd2 ..., to 22. Bf6 ..., reminds me of the scene in "Legend of Billy Jack" where he says, "I'm going to put this foot up against that ear, and there's nothing you can do about it."
Apr-15-12  lemaire90: What a game. And the white queen never even moved.
Jul-22-17  congrandolor: "How to win without moving you queen", incredible game!
Jun-04-19  seneca16: Why is this listed as one of Larsen's notable tournaments when he lost to all the big hitters and only finished in the top 5 or 6? Was it a notable failure?
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  perfidious: Maybe because Larsen won more games than anyone whilst finishing sixth ex aequo, a truly impressive feat.
Dec-20-19  Walter Glattke: Preparing the fork, really nice. 28.-Ke8 29.exf7+ Kxf7 30.Rxe7+ Qxe7 31.Bxe7 Kxe7 Q and N for 2 rooks, one piece ahead. After 33.Rxg6 in the match white wins many pawns.
Dec-20-19  EIDorado: Calculating up to the point where white takes on e6 is easy. The problem is to asses the resulting position, since the black king has a few options after the knight fork.
Dec-20-19  Mini Morphy: I like 28 Q g4!
Dec-20-19  SpamIAm: Larsen's own variation but he was Bent out of shape.
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