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Bent Larsen vs William Hartston
Hastings (1972/73), Hastings ENG, rd 15, Jan-13
English Opening: Symmetrical. Symmetrical Variation (A36)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-10  Poulsen: "15. (last) round. We are starting early in the morning, when we should be in our beds. At 9.30 AM instead of at 2 PM like the other days. Oh, these last rounds early in the morning, in five Bewerwijk-tournaments I have lost four times. But Hartston doesn't like the time either. [...]" (my translation)

Larsen's annotations to this game is an alltime classic - in danish, that is. I don't know of any english translation.


Apr-03-10  alfiepa2002: In the danish magazine for the 75 years of Bent Larsen there are interetesting annotations about this game ( but , i repeat , only in danish tongue , unfornuately)
Apr-03-10  Broon Bottle: I believe that Hartston lost to Uhlmann and Larsen in the final rounds and missed his GM title. This was 1972 when a GM title was special. He would have become the UK's first modern GM (Miles was 1976, I think).
Apr-03-10  alfiepa2002: yes , also i remember this story.
Harston was for the England a player like Stefano Tatai for italian chess. in Venice 1967 Tatai was very very near to become the first italiam GM . there was a lot of circumstances against Stefano tatai and the first italian GM was Sergio Mariotti , after nice 1974. But the play of tatai was the play of a good gm!
Jun-01-11  Poulsen: It has been suggested, that Hartston should have played 28.-,cxb4 - instead of 28.-,Rc8. Larsen actually commented on that in his annotations - her given in my translation (with some help of Google Translate):

"28.b4! Not 28.d4?,Rd8! Now 28.-,cxb4 29.Rc7,Qf8 30.Rxa7,Qc5 31.Qxc5, bxc5 32.Rc7,Ra8 33.Rxc5,Rxa2 34.Kf2 followed by Rb5 is leading to an endgame, where the black rook is in a bad position, if it is to guard the b-pawn. That I can win!"

He did not give alternative variations - Larsen did not always go into deep analyzes of his games, before submitting his annotations. Is he wrong here? Has black a better plan after 28.-,cxb4?

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