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Viktor Korchnoi vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
USSR Championship (1958), Riga URS, rd 5, Jan-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-14-05  Snow Man: This game made me laugh until it hurt. Petrosian falls into a pile of poop but comes out smellin' like a rose....
Feb-06-07  Vollmer: 27.Rcd1 looks to be better than Korchnoi's Rc6 . After 27...Rc7 28.Rc6 White maintains control of the d file .
May-10-15  Howard: Did Korchnoi miss a possible win here ?
May-10-15  Nerwal: <Did Korchnoi miss a possible win here ?>

Probably several. The comp found the beautiful line 26. ♘d4! ♖a8 27. b4! ♔g7 28. ♕d6! . I also suggest the prosaic 32. ♖xg4! (32... ♖b6 33. ♕a8!; 32... ♖d8 33. ♔e1) ♕xh3+ 33. ♖g2 .

May-11-15  Howard: Thanks ! Somehow, it looked as if Korchnoi should have won this one.
Sep-10-16  zydeco: To me, it looks pretty even all the way through. Black has plenty of counterplay on the kingside.

The line with 26.Nd4! looks good but isn't so simple for a human to spot.

After 32.Rxg4 Rd8 looks winning for black.

Sep-14-18  NeverAgain: After 32.Rxg4 Rd8 the simple 33.Ke1 keeps two extra pawns with a winning advantage (+5.72 according to SF @ d=40).
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