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Lucena Defense

Lucena Defense

Aug 4, 2014, 1:24 AM 0

The Lucena Defense is a fairly remote line in the Ruy Lopez (C60) in which Black plays Be7 on his third move. When looking for a notable game in which this Opening was used, I found a game by the "Hungarian Botvinnik," Lajos Portisch, played in Warsaw, Poland, on 12/20/2008, when the Aged Grandmaster was over 70 years old.

Lajos Portisch (born 4 April 1937) is a Hungarian chess Grandmaster, whose positional style earned him the nickname, the "Hungarian Botvinnik". One of the strongest non-Soviet players from the early 1960s into the late 1980s, he participated in twelve consecutive Interzonals from 1962 through 1993, qualifying for the World Chess Championship Candidates' cycle a total of eight times (1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, and 1988). Portisch set several all-time records in Chess Olympiads. In Hungarian Chess Championships, he either shared the title or won it outright a total of nine times (1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1975, and 1981). As late as 2003 when he was 65 he finished in second in the Hungarian Championship behind Zoltan Almasi. He won many strong international tournaments during his career. In 2004, Portisch was awarded the 'Nemzet Sportoloja', Hungary's highest national sports achievement award. 

He still competes occasionally at his advanced age (77). His main hobby is singing operatic arias; he has a fine baritone voice, a quality shared by Vasily Smyslov, a chess world champion and grandmaster who also had talent as an operatic singer. His younger brother, Ferenc (born 1939), is an International Master.


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