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Salo Landau vs Paul Felix Schmidt
Noordwijk (1938), Noordwijk NED, rd 6, Jun-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack (E47)  ·  1-0

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Dec-30-08  percyblakeney: Position #20 in Bent Larsen's "Find the Plan" from 1975. White to play his 41st move, what to do?


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Larsen:

<At first glance you notice that white has some more space in a rather closed position. The black bishop stands strangely but the white one isn't too good either. Maybe it could be brought to a4... If white wants a draw he can close the board with 41. b5...

41. gxh5 looks bad, the knight takes and can jump to f4... But when you turn your eyes towards the kingside lightning should strike! This position would be drawish if the black pawn was on h4. [---]

Maybe you have made it a habit (a good habit) to look for all kinds of possible and impossible "can opener moves" in closed positions:

41. h4! gxh4 42. f4!

Exactly like that. White has serious threats against the bastion e5, and Nd3 and Be2 have both come to life. [---] When you look deeper at the position, you have to come to the conclusion that white is winning after 41. h4!>

Oct-28-13  tjipa: Well, those games migrate from textbook to textbook. I guess, Larsen borrowed it from Koblencs' "School of Chess" (Latvian edition 1959 (p. 77), Russian 1962, and Larsen knew some Russian), although it is quite possible Koblencs had borrowed it from somebody as well!

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