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Boris Spassky vs Viktor Korchnoi
Spassky - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1968), Kiev URS, rd 9, Sep-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Main Line (D42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jul-19-17  edubueno: 19,,,Dxe5!
Sep-11-18  edubueno: Creo que BS jugó a tablas con blancas.
Dec-28-18  woldsmandriffield: An interesting ending. In what follows BLST refers to notes by Bondarevsky, Lazarev, Shianovsky & Tal.

BLST point out several inaccuracies landing Spassky in trouble. eg 20 Qd1 is more logical than 21 Qe2. They also prefer 23 Bd4 to the loosening 23 b4 and criticise 27 Rb1 (moves a Rook from an open file) recommending active defence with 27 R4c4 Rxb4 28 Rc7.

BLST criticise Korchnoi’s 40..g5 as inferior to 40..Kg6 based on the idea 41 Ra5 Rhh5 42 Rxb5? Rxd6. But White can improve with 41 Ra7 Rhh5 and now the Rook ending is drawn after 42 d7 (there are alternatives to this but, hey...) 42...Rhe5+ 43 Kf4 Rf5+ 44 Ke3 Rf7 45 Be7!

Dec-28-18  woldsmandriffield: BLST pass over the try 42...Rh1 which gets a better version of the line Korchnoi goes for. Nevertheless, White holds: 43 Rxb5 Re1+ 44 Kf3 e5 45 Rb8 e4+ 46 Kg3 Rg1+ 47 Kh3 Rd3+ 48 Be3 Rxd6 49 b5

Lastly, in the game continuation, BLST give 50...f5 as a draw and the following line is pretty: 51 Rxf5 exf5 52 Ke1 Rb3 53 b5!

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