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Paul Keres vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Championship (1952), Moscow URS, rd 18, Dec-26
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Matulovic Variation (A89)  ·  1-0
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Nov-30-04  Hidden Skillz: it always amazed me how keres exploited very aggressive positions so quickly..no disrespect but korchnoi had nothin to offer here
Mar-23-07  Robotnik: The move 12. c5 opens the hunt on the black queen and so 11th move of Black underestimates the danger!!!
Apr-03-07  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 8...Na5, 8..Ne5 may give Black a good game.
Nov-16-11  Whitehat1963: Excellent Thursday/Friday puzzle after 19. Bxc3.
Mar-12-16  kingfu: These are the 2 best players to never be Champion.

Only Matulovic can play 7...Nc6 in the Leningrad Dutch and not get hammered. I guess that is why they named the variation after him!

Aug-04-18
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  whiteshark: "Viktor Kortchnoi first visited the Estonian capital almost 60 years ago. In 1948 he shared first place with Iivo Nei in the junior championship of the USSR. <Four years later he met Keres for the first time at the 2Oth Soviet Championship in Moscow. The young Kortchnoi, then only a master, managed to hold on for just over 20 moves.>"

- Genna Sosonko, Russian Silhouettes, 3rd ed, p.84

Aug-04-18  madlydeeply: korchnoi played the leningrad because he's from there. don't ever play the opening where you're from, see?
Aug-04-18  ughaibu: <korchnoi played the leningrad because he's from there>

An alternative hypothesis is that it was named the Leningrad because it was played by people from there, for example, Korchnoi.

I'm sure I completely destroyed the joke with this. Call me Joke Destroyer.

Aug-05-18
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  whiteshark: requote Tomlinsky:

Korchnoi on playing the Leningrad Dutch when he was a junior: <"I used to play the Leningrad System... then after one or two years I realised that NOBODY understands what happens in that system including myself. So I gave up this system and came to play only the modest d6 in the Dutch.">

Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation (A87)

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