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Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Lajos Portisch
"Burning bright" (game of the day Apr-22-2020)
Sigeman & Co (2008), Malmo SWE, rd 8, Apr-29
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  1-0



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Jun-21-08  AuDo: 14...Nxd7
14...Qxd7? 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.d5! Anatoli Vaisser vs Lev Polugaevsky, Sochi 1988 Vaisser vs Polugaevsky, 1988
Apr-22-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: A pretty plain way to deploy that pun, but a nice game, so I'm OK with it. :)
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  Check It Out: That black king was running for his life!
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  Messiah: I don't get it.
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  MissScarlett: A Symmetrical Variation in the English would've been nice.
Apr-22-20  rogl: So why does black resign here? After the only move 27...Kb5 white plays 28. Rb1+. If 28...Ka4, 29. Rb4+ wins the queen and after 28...Ka5(6) 29. Rxa7+! quickly mates.
Apr-22-20  Brenin: It took me a moment or three to see why Black resigned at this point (see the posting by <rogl> for the answer). As <AuDo> pointed out, this game follows <Vaisser vs Polugaevsky, 1988>, in fact up to 21 Rd3. There play went 21 ... Re8 22 Rxd5 and White won after a hard battle, though 22 Rg3+ would have been stronger. In either game, 17 ... Qc6 would have avoided most of this trouble.
Apr-22-20  goodevans: <Brenin: [...]17 ... Qc6 would have avoided most of this trouble.>

That is true and so maybe it would be better to prepare the d5 push with <16.Rad1>. According to the Opening Explorer that move hasn't been tried but I think it has a couple of things going for it.

16...Rfd8 17.d5 Bxd5 would transpose to the game without giving black the opportunity to play17...Qc6 whilst with other replies black would now have to consider a possible R uplift.

Apr-22-20  catlover: This Tiger is a Persson, too.
Apr-22-20  Brenin: Thanks, <goodevans>; 16 Rad1 looks like an improvement on the immediate 16 d5. One possible line is 16 ...Rac8 17 d5 Qc7 18 Qg5+ Kh8 19 Qh4 Qxc4 20 Qxf6+ Kg8 21 Rd4 Qe2 22 f3 Rc4 23 Qg5+ Kh8 24 Rd2 trapping the Q, e.g. 24 ... Qxd2 25 Qxd2 Bxd5 26 Qh6 with advantage to White.
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  SkySports: <Messiah: I don't get it.> It's a reference to the William Blake's poem "The Tyger" (

Incidentally, a very similar pun had been used for this game: Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981

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  Messiah: <SkySports> Thank you!

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