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Liu Wenzhe vs Nikolai V Krogius
China vs USSR Match (1965), Hangzhou, China, rd 3
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0



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  Benzol: A lot of people have talked about his win over Donner but this I believe is Liu Wenzhe's first win over a Grandmaster.
Jan-26-11  fanius: 10...O-O ? is too careless, and his failure was not unexpected since this move... Krogius underestimated his opponent.
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  FSR: <Benzol> I agree.

<fanius> Yes, 10...Nce7 or 10...Na5 is normal. 10...Nce7 gives Black a plus score, and 10...Na5 is an invitation to a draw, e.g. 11.Qa4+ Nc6 12.Qb3 Na5 13.Qa4+ Nc6 1/2-1/2 Short vs Karpov, 1989 (and many other games), a line that, oddly, was not known at the time of this game.

May-23-14  ghardy1988: I agree Krogius underestimated his opponent, but it was most natural for him to do so. This game was played in 1965, the first few years of Chinese cultural revolution, which almost destroyed everything to do with culture. In the later and worse years, ordinary people playing chess without permission could be charged as anti-revolutionary and pro-bourgeois crime. Also the soviet chess team at that time was the absolute ruling power of the chess world, only be challenged by Fischer or no more than 5 western super masters, while chinese chess team was absolutely nothing, home and abroad, and could challenge nobody. I suppose Grandmaster Krogius, member of the soviet chess elites, commissioner of sino-soviet friendship, sitting at the dull wooden chess table commonly seen in China, was definitely looking at this opponents lightheartedly, expecting to finish the game in 40 moves... he was right...

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