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Dmitry Osipovich Rovner vs Viktor Korchnoi
Leningrad (1945)
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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  beenthere240: what happens after 17...Qxe1?
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  acirce: Very good question, apparently Black wins. Strange game, anyone knows anything about it?
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  Bobsterman3000: I don't see what you're seeing. I see this ending:

16. Bc4 Qxe5 17. Rhe1 Qf4+ 18. Qxf4 Nxf4
19. Rxe8+ Kg7 20. Rdd8 1-0

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  acirce: Yes, but what if Black plays 17..Qxe1 instead? Looks just winning.
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  Bobsterman3000: Yep, a commanding position for black after 17...Qxel and 18. Rxe1

According to Fritz 8:

18...Kd2 is -3.5
18...Kb2 is -3.78

Viktor Korchnoi must have been a mere 40 or 50 years old back in 1945, so he can hardly be expected to make all of the most precise moves... lol

Jul-12-04  zb2cr: For those not in the know, <Bobsterman3000>'s comment re: Korchnoi's age is not to be taken seriously. Korchnoi was 45 when he defected in 1976, so this game was when he was 14.
Feb-01-05  suenteus po 147: I don't see how black wins after 19...Kd2. Or is it that the knight and two rooks compensate for the lost queen? I could understand how a fourteen year old (even Korchnoi!) might not get that.
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  iron maiden: <Or is it that the knight and two rooks compensate for the lost queen?> Yes, and then some.
Mar-11-06  themindset: black was winning if he played 17...Qxe1!!

it's not even complicated, he keeps the piece and gets two rooks for the queen.

Jul-05-09  JIRKA KADLEC:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bg5?! O-O?! ( 6...h6 ) 7. Be2?! ( 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Qd4 = ) 7... h6 8. Bh4?! ( 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 ) 8... Re8?! ( 8...g5 9.Bg3 Nxe4 10.Qd3 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 Qe7 12.Kf1 Bxc3 13.bxc3 c5 14.Qd3 d5 ) 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Qd4 ( 10.f3 ) 10...Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 g5 12. e5 Nd5?! = ( 12...c5! ) 13. Bg3 d6 14. O-O-O?! ( 14.h4; 14.Qc4 ) dxe5!? ( 14...Qe7! ) 15. Bxe5? ( 15.Qc5 ) Qe7 16. Bc4 Qxe5 17. Rhe1 Qf4+?? ( 17...Qxe1! 18.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 19.Kd2 Re6 20.Bd3 Rd6 ) 18. Qxf4 Nxf4? ( 18...Rxe1 ) 19. Rxe8+ Kg7 20. Rdd8 1-0

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