Famous Vaganian - Planinc miniature

Famous Vaganian - Planinc miniature

IM Juraldo
Mar 1, 2013, 4:21 PM |

This post is dedicated to one of the greatest Slovenian players of all time - Albin Planinc. His chess was Tal - like you could say, full of tactics and romantic sacrifices; and when the sacrifices worked he was dangerous even to the best players in the world.

The game presented is probabaly his most famous and you can find the final position in many tactics books. Recently he passed away after a long struggle with mental ilness. There was also a movie made by Jan Cvitkovic about his fascinating life called Total gambit and it talks about the the biggest strugle - the struggle with himself. More info below (I used some wikipedia references):

Albin Planinc (also spelled Planinec) (18 April 1944 – 20 December 2008)[1] was a Slovenian chess Grandmaster.

His earliest international success occurred at the first Vidmar Memorial at Ljubljana 1969.[2] However, his best result was achieved at the Amsterdam (IBM tournament) 1973, where he shared first place with Tigran Petrosian, ahead of Lubomir KavalekBoris Spassky andLászló Szabó

Planinc played on fourth board (+9 –1 =5) for Yugoslavia in the 21st Chess Olympiad at Nice 1974, where he won a team silver medal.[4]

He was awarded the GM title in 1972, then became a chess trainer when the strain of playing tournament chess was contributing to his poor mental health (in those days, medication was relatively ineffective). Planinc continued to suffer from severe depression for decades, spending the last years of his life at a mental institution in Ljubljana. In 1993, he changed his last name to Planinec.

In The Penguin Encyclopedia of Chess, Grandmaster Raymond Keene said of Planinc, "he specializes in apparently outdated openings into which his imaginative play infuses new life".[5]

He died in Ljubljana, Slovenia.