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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 9, Aug-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line Old Main Line (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-03-05  mcgee: Larsen gives 39. Qg5 as a probable win. Korchnoi was in time trouble, but it is peculiar that he did not try 39.Qg5 simply out of intuition. Once past move 40, Karpov would have been forced to find a drawing line (if indeed one even existed). 39 Qxe3 is a dead draw.

A good example of why Vik never quite became champ - a highly insightful game by White with no obvious errors by Black, but the clock takes its toll.

Apr-09-08  Knight13: <A good example of why Vik never quite became champ> Definitely not a good example.

39. Qg5 Rh7 and I don't see anything for White after that.

Aug-05-08  mcgee: >>39. Qg5 Rh7 and I don't see anything for White after that.<<

The Black rook is on a8, not h8. 39..Ra7 40 Qf6 kills Black, surely?

39 Qg5 Qxd3 40 Qxe7 and

a) 40...Qxc4 41 h5 gxh5 42 Qg5+ Kf8 43 Rh6

b)40...Qf5 41 Qd6 d3 42 Qd4+ Kg8 42 Rb3 (42..Qf2 43 Rxd3 Qh4+ 44 Rh3)

c)40...Qe3 42 Qf6+ Kg8 43 h5 Qe2 44 Rb5 (44..Qxc4 45 hxg6)

all look like White wins to me. As I said, maybe the draw is there for Black, but Korchnoi ran out of time to force the issue..

May-25-16  Howard: Yes, it appears that Korchnoi missed a probable win here.
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