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Viktor Korchnoi vs Rafael Vaganian
Skelleftea (1989)  ·  French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0
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Feb-21-05  ixix: As pointed out by a reader on Mig Greengard's chessninja.com daily blog, the remarkable 35...b6! draws immediately.
Jun-19-05  aw1988: I have a hard time believing that it's a draw. What about 35...b6 36. Rxc6+?
Jun-19-05  maoam: Korchnoi found this amazing idea after the game I believe. If 36.Qxc6 Ne3+ 37.Rxe3 Qf3+ 38.Rxf3 (Kxf3) stalemate.

<aw1998: What about 35...b6 36. Rxc6+?>

Ne3+ and White gets mated.

Jun-19-05  Kangaroo: 35. ... b6 36. Rxc6 (no check!) Qe2+ and Black has the perpetual check: Qe2-e1-e2-h5-e2 etc.
Jun-19-05  crankydoodle: Why not 5...c5? I know it sounds a bit abnormal to question an opening move (especially when it's played by GMs), but to me, it looks like a pretty strong move. Or is there something I'm missing?
Jun-19-05  aw1988: Oops. Sorry.
Jun-19-05  Kangaroo: 5. ... c5 is possible.
For example,
6. a3 Bxc3+. 7. bxc3 c4 and Black has a little passive but still defensible position. Vaganian is a renowned expert in French, so his choice is quite respectable.

Korchnoi too is an expert. That is why he did not want to play a more regular 4. e5! with theoretical advantage: Korchnoi more often played positions in Winawer as Black.

Jun-23-05  crankydoodle: <Kangaroo> Thanks.
Nov-08-08  Chessdreamer: The gamescore is incomplete.

51.Kg3 Kf6 52.Kf4 Bd7 53.Re5 Bc6 54.Ra5 a6 55.Re5 b6 56.Re2 a5 57.Re5 axb4 58.axb4 Bg2 59.Rb5 Ke6 60.Ke3 Bf1 61.Rxb6+ Ke5 62.Rc6 1-0.

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