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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Viktor Korchnoi
Linares (1985)  ·  French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0
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Jul-26-04  chesscookie: A spectacular game!

The defense by white is incredible after korchnoi's once seemingly unstoppable attack falters after his inaccurate (IMHO) 28..Ne5

Better was 28..Bxf5 giving black a superior pawn structure and taking out the dominantly placed knight in the near-center

Jul-26-04  Tennyson: <cookie> Did you listen to the radio chessbase anotation on this game at http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... ? If so, was your above comment the main thrust of their analysis?
Jul-26-04  chesscookie: <Tennyson> I did get the game from chessbase but i have yet to hear their lecture on the annotations of this game.

My annotation was mine alone

Jul-26-04
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  Honza Cervenka: If 28...Bxf5, then 29.gxf5 Ne7 (29...Rxf5 30.Bxe4 dxe4 31.Rg1+ Kf7 32.Qh6 with winning attack of white.) 30.Rg1+ Kf8 31.Qf4 Rb6+ 32.Ka2 Ke8 (32...Qb5? 33.Qb8+ Kf7 34.Bh5+ ) 33.Qb8+ Kd7 34.Bh5 Nf6 (34...Nd6 35.Rg7 Ra6 36.Bc1 Nxf5 37.Be8+ Ke6 38.Qe5#) 35.Bf4 and white attack seems to be quicker.
Jul-26-04  jaime gallegos: thanks Honza for your comment !
Jul-28-04  ruylopez900: Excellent game by Ljubojevic :D Could definitely be a game of the day, Korchnoi's Attack just dissapears like it was smoke after ~the 30th move. For all those who say the French is boring this proves that at least the Winawer isn't!
May-07-06
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  Benzol: Timman described Ljubojevic's play in this game as 'majestic'.
Jul-26-06
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  Eggman: <<Timman described Ljubojevic's play in this game as 'majestic'.>>

This reminds me: I seem to recall some footage in "The Great Chess Movie" in which Timman and Ljubojevic agree that they are both more talented than Karpov and that it is mostly Karpov's team of Russian analysts that allow him such success.

Jul-27-06  Darth Lasker: <This reminds me: I seem to recall some footage in "The Great Chess Movie" in which Timman and Ljubojevic agree that they are both more talented than Karpov and that it is mostly Karpov's team of Russian analysts that allow him such success.>

This opinion is totally wrong. Karpov has been simply much stronger player than Ljubo or Timman, especially in strategic games. Not Karpov's analysts team work, but his play level was the real reason of his success, whereas systematic preparation with openings analyzing was his weak point.

Jul-27-06
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  Eggman: I'm not saying that Timman was right but keep in mind that Karpov's team of Soviet analysts helped him with more than just opening prep - back in the old days they used to adjourn games at move 40, y'know. As to your assertion that "systematic prepartion with openings analyzing" was Karpov's weak point: on what basis do you say that?
Jan-16-09  Andrijadj: Well on basis that Kasparov was better prepared...That does not mean that Karpov's opening prer was bad though... This game should be GOTD...Spectacular battle between two of the strongest and most relentless players of 80-s...
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