by Joseph Guadagno

While recently studying a Chessbase DVD on the Reti Opening by Slovak GM Lubomir Flacnik, I came across a wonderful game he played on the black side against the great Lev Polugaevsky at the Lucerne Olympiad, 1982. The tactical motifs reminded me of two other, more famous games, which I also present here. You can find detailed analysis of these games elsewhere, especially of the Rubenstein and Anand games. I present them together for you to simply play over and enjoy, while noting the the thematic similarities. Three different eras, three different openings, three Black brilliancies…