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Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 7, Feb-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch. Keres Variation (E25)  ·  0-1


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Aug-15-07  Capatin17: GREAT COMEBACK
Dec-27-12  The Last Straw: Not exactly. Let's look at the position after 22.♗xe7:

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22...♗xg2+!, as ♔orchnoi played, does work after 23.♔xg2 ♘f4+ 24.♖xf4 ♖xf4 Now look at the position after 26...♕a4:

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Shamkovich played 27.c6+?. This is tempting because it robs the black king of its c6-square, but it's actually a mistake. Look at the critical position:
Position after 30...♕c1+:

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31.♔d3?, as Shamkovich played, only blunders away the position after 31...♕b1+ 32.♔e3 ♕g6!. 31.♔f3 was forced, when black could draw by continuously checking the white king.

Still, I think both players deserve a medal for demonstrating a very "human"game. This game, even with its flaws, is a gem.

Feb-16-18  Adenosina: As Tal and his second Koblents wrote about this game: "It is quite clear: to be a devoted 'fan' of Korchnoi, in particular you need iron nerves and a heart of steel". And to be honest, it is a very precise description because the position after 20. ... Kd7 is horrible for Black but he did not only survive, but he won!
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  HeMateMe: wasn't Shamkovich one of the first 'refusniks' to be allowed to emigrate to the USA, jews trying to get out of the USSR? I think he was the first big name chess player to be allowed out. I don't think he had a big impact here, but helped pave the way for other USSR scientists, musicians, chess players, athletes, et al, to get out of there and find a better life in the USA.
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