Monday, May 10, 2010

Andor Lilienthal (1911 - 2010)

Andor Lilienthal, one of the oldest original grandmasters, passed away early this month at the age of 99. He was born in Moscow in 1911 and played a majority of his competitive chess for USSR. The world has lost a brilliant and popular grandmaster. I present, in tribute, his wins over some greatest chess players (and world champions).

White: Andor Lilienthal
Black: Jose Capablanca

Hastings 1934
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 b6 6.f3 d5 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 Ba6 9.e4 Bxc4 10.Bxc4 dxc4 11.Qa4+ Qd7 12.Qxc4 Qc6 13.Qd3 Nbd7 14.Ne2 Rd8 15.0-0 a5 16.Qc2 Qc4 17.f4 Rc8 18.f5 e5 19.dxe5 Qxe4? 20.exf6!! Qxc2 21.fxg7 Rg8 22.Nd4 Qe4 23.Rae1 Nc5 24.Rxe4+ Nxe4 25.Re1 Rxg7 26.Rxe4+ 1-0

White: Emanuel Lasker
Black: Andor Lilienthal

Moscow 1936
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nb5 Nb6 8.c3 a6 9.Na3 c5 10.Nc2 Nc6 11.f4 Na4 12.Rb1 b5 13.Nf3 Bd7 14.Qd2 Rc8 15.Bd3 Nb6 16.0-0 Nc4 17.Qe1 Nb6 18.Qg3 g6 19.Qe1 h5 20.a3 c4 21.Be2 a5 22.h3 Rb8 23.Ne3 Kd8 24.Bd1 Kc7 25.Qd2 Rb7 26.Ng5 Kb8 27.Be2 Bc8 28.b3 Qxa3 29.bxc4 Nxc4 30.Nxc4 bxc4 31.Nxf7 Rh7 32.Rxb7+ Bxb7 33.Nd6 Na7 34.Rb1 Nc8 35.Nxc8 Kxc8 36.Bd1 Bc6 37.Bc2 Rb7 38.Bxg6 Rxb1+ 39.Bxb1 Qa1 40.Qe1 a4 41.Kf2 a3 42.f5 Qb2+ 43.Kf3 exf5 44.Bxf5+ Kc7 45.Bb1 a2 46.Bxa2 Qxa2 47.e6 Qc2 48.Qe5+ Kb7 49.Kf4 Qxg2 50.Qxh5 Qe4+ 51.Kg5 Qxe6 52.Qh7+ Kb6 53.h4 Qe3+ 54.Kf6 Qxc3 55.h5 Qxd4+ 56.Ke6 Qe3+ 57.Kf6 c3 0-1

White: Andor Lilienthal
Black: Mikhail Botvinnik

Moscow 1940
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 d6 10.Qc2 f5 11.Ne1 Nc6 12.d5 exd5 13.cxd5 Nb4 14.Qd2 a5 15.a3 Na6 16.b4 Bf6 17.Bb2 Qd7 18.Bxf6 Rxf6 19.Nd3 a4 20.Rac1 Qf7 21.Nf4 Bc8 22.Rc3 Bd7 23.Rfc1 h6 24.h4 Ra7 25.h5 Ra8 26.Re3 Kh7 27.Rcc3 Rb8 28.Qd3 Ra8 29.Ng6 Rxg6 30.hxg6+ Kxg6 31.Re6+ Kh7 32.g4 c5 33.b5 Nc7 34.gxf5 Nxb5 35.f6+ Kg8 36.Rc4 Re8 37.Rg4 g5 38.Rxe8+ Bxe8 39.Re4 Kf8 40.Re7 Qg6 41.Be4 Qh5 42.Bf3 Qg6 43.Rxe8+ 1-0

White: Vassily Smyslov
Black: Andor Lilienthal

Moscow, 1944
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bxf6 Qxf6 6.Rc1 0-0 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.Rxc3 d6 9.Nf3 e5 10.d5 a5 11.Rg1 e4 12.Nd4 Re8 13.Qd2 Na6 14.g4 Nc5 15.e3 a4 16.Rg3 Bd7 17.Be2 c6 18.dxc6 bxc6 19.Kf1 Rab8 20.Kg1 Rb6 21.Bf1 Reb8 22.Rc2 Nb3 23.Nxb3 Rxb3 24.h4 Rxb2 25.g5 hxg5 26.hxg5 Qe5 27.g6 fxg6 28.Rxg6 Rxc2 29.Qxc2 Kf7 30.Rg3 Rb3 31.f4 exf3 32.Rxf3+ Ke7 33.Qf2 Kd8 34.Rf8+ Kc7 35.Ra8 Qxe3 36.Ra7+ Kc8 37.Qxe3 Rxe3 38.Rxa4 Kb7 39.Ra5 c5 40.Bg2+ Kb6 41.Ra8 Re8 42.Rxe8 Bxe8 0-1

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