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Viktor Korchnoi vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
2nd European Club Cup (1978), Belgrade YUG, Dec-??
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1-0
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Feb-26-08  Jesspatrick: Hoo-boy. Guess that back rank wasn't as weak as Ljubo thought!
Dec-30-16  NightKnight: Typical mistake actually, have made it myself against computer sometime... the two rooks make up of a very good defense of each other at the back rank, easy to miss the x-ray motif.
Sep-01-18  Retireborn: I assume this was a casual game, but is there any info about where and how it came to be played?
Feb-11-19
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  Stonehenge: No casual game, see http://www.olimpbase.org/1979c/1979....
Feb-11-19  Retireborn: <Stonehenge> Many thanks! Yes, I remember reading somewhere that Korchnoi played for the Volmac team at that time.
Feb-11-19  woldsmandriffield: What a bizarre game! 18 Rxb2 picks up a piece. Similarly 20 Rxc1 and 20 Bxc1 are on paper stronger moves - though since 20 Rb1 was followed by immediate resignation, I guess Viktor was happy enough.
Feb-11-19  Retireborn: <woldsman> Actually 18.Rxb2 loses to Rc1+ (which was Ljubo's idea) and 20.Rxc1 would also lose (I guess you're looking at a different position.)

18...Rc1 is the loser, after 18...Bf6 or 18...Bg7 Black is OK.

Feb-11-19  woldsmandriffield: You are right - set the board up without ..h6 and Bh4. My bad!!
Feb-11-19
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  Dionysius1: Is the idea that Black is threatening 20...♕e1 but black has 19. ♖b1 when there are a lot of x-rays going on if 20...♕e1 but ultimately black loses? It's a spectacular possible position.
Feb-11-19
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  perfidious: Korchnoi proved himself very trickful in the tactical exchange at the end.
Feb-11-19  Retireborn: <Dion> He may have been thinking that (Qe1+), or 20.Rbd2 Qxd2, but who knows.

My guess is he just assumed White was obliged to waste a move defending his back rank with 19.h3, when Black is better. He just didn't look carefully enough.

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