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Yasser Seirawan vs Viktor Korchnoi
Chess Olympiad (1990), Novi Sad YUG, rd 1, Nov-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  wwall: Perhaps better is 15.f4 or 15.g3.

If 17.Bf1, then 17...b3 18.Rc1 Rxg3 19.hxg3 Nc5 20.Rb1 Rxa3 21.Rxh7 d6 22.Rh8+ Kd7 23.Rf8 Nxe4 24.Bg2 Nc3 25.Rb2 Na4 26.Rb1 Nc3, etc should draw.

If 19.Ke2?, then 19...Rxf2+ 20.Kxd3 Ra3+ 21.Rc3 Rf3+ 22.Kd2 Rfxc3 wins for Black.

If 22...Kd8, then 23.c5 Kc7 24.b5 Rh5 25.b6+ Kb8 26.Rc2 Rh2 27.Ke3 h5 28.Ra2 h4 29.gxh4 Rxh4 should draw.

If 23...Kd8, then 24.e5 dxe5? (24...Rh2 25.exd6 Rxf2+ 26.Ke3 Rg2 27.Kf3 Rb2 28.b5 Rb3 29.Ke3 h5 should draw) 25.Be4 Rh2 26.Bxb7 Rxf2 27.Ke3 Kc7 28.Kxf2 Kxb7 29.Ra1 should win for White.

After 24...Rf1, then 25.Ke2 Rc1 26.Kd2 Rf1 27.Ke2, etc.

Aug-23-12  I play the Fred: 17...Nc5
18 Bf1 Nd3 ()

The parentheses is empty because what is the Informator symbol for LOL? One of the funnier moves I recall seeing.

Sep-15-15  tessathedog: A draw, but Korchnoi played all the chess. Wonderful, creative, finely calculated play. Yasser confidently plays 15 Ne2, relying on the book trap we all learn when we are 1500...that Rxg2 will lose the exchange to Ng3. But Korchnoi has the imagination to ask "is this still true if I open the "a" file?. Several lines had to carefully and deeply calculated (especially 17 Bf1 and 19 Ke2 as pointed out by wwall). Just a wonderful short draw.
Apr-29-16  Howard: According to the Informant, this was one of the best draws from the second half of 1990.
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