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Evgeny Mukhin vs Viktor Korchnoi
Leningrad (1969)
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Birdysboy: Instead of 8.a3, what about 8.Qf4? It stops Ba6.
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  Chessical: <Birdysboy> <8.Qa4!?> does not seem to promise any particular advantage for White.

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<8.Qa4!?> Bb7 9. Nf3 Be7 10. f5 (or 10. g3 O-O 11. Bg2 Qc8) 10... exf5 11. Nf4 cxd4 12. cxd4 Bb4+

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1) +0.42 (25 ply) 8.Nf3 g6 9.Ng3 Bb7 10.Bd3 Be7 11.O-O c4 12.Bc2 b5 13.Ne2 b4 14.Be3 Nb6 15.Rb1 a5 16.Bd2 O-O 17.Qe1 Nd7 18.f5 exf5 19.Qg3 Nb6 20.Bh6

2) +0.39 (25 ply) 8.g3 g6 9.Nf3 Ba6 10.Be3 Rc8 11.Qd2 Bg7 12.Bg2 O-O 13.O-O f6 14.Rac1 Qe8 15.b3 h6 16.Nh4 fxe5 17.dxe5 g5 18.fxg5 hxg5 19.Bxg5 Ndxe5 20.Kh1

3) +0.26 (24 ply) 8.a3 Be7 9.Nf3 O-O 10.g3 Ba6 11.Bh3 cxd4 12.cxd4 g6 13.O-O Rc8 14.Be3 Na5 15.Bf2 Kg7 16.Re1 Nc4 17.Rb1 b5 18.Bg2 b4 19.axb4 Bxb4 20.Nc3 Bb7

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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