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Yuri Averbakh vs Viktor Korchnoi
Yerevan (1965), Yerevan URS, rd 2, Sep-18
Indian Game: Przepiorka Variation (A49)  ·  0-1
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  patzer2: For the Wednesday, May 13, 2009 puzzle solution, White's 39...Rc1! provides a key obstruction to facilitate a winning passed pawn.
Aug-06-09  LIFE Master AJ: <patzer2>
However, as many have already pointed out, 39...Rc1 is not as a simple win as I originally thought. (Analysis to follow.)
Nov-25-09  sfm: <PinnedPiece: What was the purpose of 38.Kc2????> Well, to stop the pawn he needs to play Rb2-b1. But if he does it right away with 38.Kc2, Black plays 38.-,Rxa2+ - and the king has to go back and then h2 wins.
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  PinnedPiece: <sfm>thx. Wonder if 38.Nf4 holds.
Jun-09-10  Mostolesdude: the white knight and/or rook loses a tempo in dealing with the rook on c1 and black will queen the pawn...outstanding
Jul-17-11  piltdown man: I'd never see ...Rc1 in a zillion years. Guess that's why he's a grandmaster I suppose.
Feb-10-14  Blinkie: Perhaps rather than White relying on Rb2-Rb1:
38.f3 h2 39.Nf2...
This prevents the fork Ne4+ if Nc3 is successful, and it protects Rxg4. Your suggestions? Does White have a winning position after this, being a pawn up? With a continuation like:
39...Rd4+ 40.Kc1 Nc3 41.Rd2 Rxd2 42.Kxd2 Nxa2
Feb-10-14  cunctatorg: Well, this game displays very well Victor Korchnoi's awful lack of talent!!
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: White had the inferior pawn structure -- so why exactly did he exchange down so aggressively into the endgame? Yes, he did finally equalize the pawn structure, but Black got other advantages in compensation.
Feb-10-14  SChesshevsky: <Cheapo by the Dozen: so why exactly did he exchange down so aggressively into the endgame?>

I'm guessing he initiated the play and didn't calculate much past 27. Rxd7 expecting equality. It looks like 27...Rc8 might've thrown him.

28. Rd6 maybe could've been better as Black clearly was better after the result of that. 28. Ra7 possibly?

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  offramp: Who did the annotations to this game?
Feb-21-14  dernier thylacine: And we must not forget that he found this amazing move just before the time control! I have no regard for the personality of Kortchnoi but I must admit and admire his talent!
Jan-02-15  SpiritedReposte: Rc1 is one of those moves that is not hard to calculate, but it is hard to even consider at first glance!
May-05-15  A.T PhoneHome: Oh yes, THAT desperado move by VK. 39...Rc1! seals the deal. I wonder how Averbakh's face was after that one.
May-06-15  Howard: Looks like ATPhoneHome is now going through Korchnoi's games, instead of Spassky's.
May-06-15  Olavi: Another well known example of the tactic, but only worth a draw: Timman vs Kramnik, 1995
May-06-15  A.T PhoneHome: <Howard> The thing is that I've always wanted to have a closer look at Korchnoi's games since people attribute to him lack of intuition which I can relate to; I myself lacking that. :P

And I shall have a look at that game, <Olavi>, thanks!

Dec-15-16  clement41: I absolutely love that tactical idea. First saw this game in a Lev Alburt book and shortly afterwards saw the same in an endgame by Alekhine. Actually, Alekhine was so impressed by this tactics that he then composed a study on it!
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  ChessHigherCat: <Blinkie: 38.f3 h2 39.Nf2... Does White have a winning position after this, being a pawn up? With a continuation like: 39...Rd4+ 40.Kc1 Nc3 41.Rd2 Rxd2 42.Kxd2 Nxa2> I agree that f3/Nf2 is white's only shot and certainly much better than the game line. I also agree that 40. Kc1 is much better than 40. Ke1, Nc3 (threatening Rd1+ to force the Knight to capture), right?
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  HeMateMe: nice set up with the g and h pawns. I remember playing through this game years ago. Korchnoi was a whiz.
Mar-01-17  Tuan9371: I like this games.
This games is between two phayer very strong not a Champions
Mar-17-17  Saniyat24: how is this variation pronounced?
Mar-17-17  happyjuggler0: <how is this variation pronounced>



Mar-17-17  happyjuggler0:

In the bottom left of the window that has the name in it, there is a pronunciation thingy that when you click it it will pronounce the name. Whether Google can be trusted to pronounce it correctly or not I don't know, but it seems you best bet.

If Google is right, then it isn't pronounced anything like what it looks like it might be pronounced as, which isn't surprising based on what I've heard of Polish pronunciation.

Mar-17-17  happyjuggler0: You can also try the pronunciation key at the player's name: David Przepiorka
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