- Feb 13, 2012
SvetozarGligoric vs Robert James Fisher at the Portoroz Interzonal Tournement, 1958…
Svetozar Glicoric ‘piano player’, 2011…
In last November I transferred myself in Beograd, Serbja, and one of the first ‘surprise’ I had has been to discover in a music shop a music album, consisting of twelve compositions in different genres, like blues, jazz, ballads and even rap collection of piano composed by Svetozar Glicoric. At first I though to ‘homonymy’, because the only ‘Svetozar Glicoric’ know by me was the [most famous] Serbian Grandmaster of Chess, but, looking at the cover of the album, I saw the photo of Svetozar Glicoric at the Tournament of Havana of 1966 [also the ‘Commander Che Guevara’ is in the photo…] and any my doubt disappeared. Two weeks ago Gligoric dead at the age of 89, so that , with great pain of me, I don’t have any more the opportunity to meet him personally.
Born in 1923, Svetozar Glicoric has been probably the chess player who more than any other ‘formed’ me. How ‘strong’ was Glicoric as chess player is demonstrated by the fact that he won uninterruptedly the Yugoslavian Championship for seventeen years [!] and hi didn’t become world champion only for the fact that he was ‘alone’ against the formidable ‘Russian War Machine’. In memory of Svetozar Gligoric I propose to the friends of MHB the following ‘beautiful game’…
Bent Larsen - Svetozar Glicoric
Portoroz Interzonal Tournement, 1958
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7... This defensive line, known as ‘King’s Indian Defence’, become ‘popular’ in the 50 years and also today is ‘not yet completely explored’, so that it is currently one of the best defense for Blacks against the White’s opening 1. d4. The Black’s strategy is to leave the White’s the material occupation of the center with the idea of develop in a second phase a counter attack on a King’s or Queen’s side. ... 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 0-0 6. Nf3 e5 7. d5... 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Dxd8 Rxd8 9. Bg5 [9. Nxe5 Nxe4 ...] … Re8 10. 0-0-0 … conducts to a position with equal chances for Blacks and Whites … Na6… This ‘flexible’ Glicoric’s move [the Knight protects c7 and has the possibility to jump in c5 [attacking the pawn e4…] or in b4. The next White’s move defends e4 ‘pre-emptively’ but practically it will be a waste of time… 8. Nd2 c5 9. a3 Ne8 10. h4… The 8-th and 9-th White’s movies could be justified on the basis of an advance on the Queen’s side but in this case the 10-th and 11-th movies are clearly a contradiction so that we can say that at this point White has lost all his advantage… f5 11. h5 Nf6 12. hxg6 hxg6 13. Nf3 Nc7 14. Ng5 Qe7 15. Qd3 f4 … avoiding 16 Qh3 Blacks create the basis of a strong counter attack that Whites, searching improbable initiatives on the King’s side, finishes to facilitate … 16. Bd2 a6 17. g3 Ng4! 18. Nh3 b5!... excellent move!... now the Whites are in front of a ‘dilemma’: what pawn to catch, b5 or f4?... after 19. cxb5 axb5 20. Qxb5 Nxf2! … the White King is under attack but the alternative, which ‘opens the way’ to the g7 Bishop is even worse … 19. gxf4 exf4 20. Bxg4 Bxg4 21. Nxf4 Rxf4!... another excellent move that ‘kills’ the most dangerous White piece leaving Blacks ‘ohner of the table’ ... 22. Bxf4 bxc4 23. Qxc4 Nb5… more precise 23. … Rb8 because if 24 Rb1? Bxc3 … 24.Kd2 Rf8 25. Be3 Bf3 26. Rhg1 Nxc3 27. bxc3 Bxe4 28. Rae1 Bf5 29. Qb3 c4!... after this move White’s defence becomes simply ‘impossible’ … 30. Qxc4 Rc8 31. Qf4 Qb7 32. Ke2 Qb5+ 33. Kf3 Qxd5+ 34. Ke2 Bd3+ 0-1