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Viktor Korchnoi vs Boris Spassky
Leningrad (1949)
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Levenfish Variation (B71)  ·  0-1
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Jan-09-02  bishop: Incredible.50.Rxh7??.This must have been time pessure.
May-20-04  Reti Incarnate: Korchnoi was known to get into terrible time trouble; certainly he was going very well in this game until he miscalculated the win of a pawn; though even if Rg7 was not a resource black's position looks fine.
Oct-02-04  Spassky69: does anyone know what Spassky was approxiamately (since there were no ratings until the 60's) when he played this game at age 11?
Oct-02-04  iron maiden: <Spassky69> Chessmetrics.com has a very fine rating system for players even before the FIDE lists were first introduced. You could check there.
Jul-19-05  Caissanist: Dan: your analysis appears to have been burped out of some malfunctioning computer program that ate the first letter of every move. Perhaps you could repost it?
Jul-19-05  DanRoss53: My mistake. I copied / pasted the preview and lost the pieces (if that makes any sense). Anyway, the most logical continuation I can see is 52. ♕e8 ♕e2+ 53. ♔h3; now if Black capitolises on the fork 53.. ♕xd3 54. ♕h5+ ♔g8 55. ♕e8+ ♔h7 56. ♕h5+ ♔g8 57. ♕e8+ ♔h7 58. ♕h5+ -; otherwise, Black can force the three-fold repetition with 53... ♕f1+ 54. ♔h2 ♕f2+ 55. ♔h3 ♕f1+ 56. ♔h2 ♕f2+ 57. ♔h3 ♕f1+ -. I see no clear win for Black... am I missing something?
Feb-24-06
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  Joshka: This had to have been a simul like the previous game from 1948?
Feb-24-06  lentil: <Joshka> no way. both players were schoolboys at the time.
Jun-30-09  jackpawn: <lentil> No, Victor was 18 by this point and was already getting known. Spassky was only 13. I may be wrong, but I think this was only a simul.
Jun-30-09  waustad: <danross>That's what it looks like to me too. Maybe he saw the loss of rook but not the perpetual.
Jun-07-16  Helios727: Was there anything wrong with white playing 50. Qxf7 ?
Jun-12-16  lazerus: Helios
50...Qe2+ 51...QxR
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