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Viktor Korchnoi vs Emmanuel Preissmann
? (1991)
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  1-0
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Apr-12-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Old Korchnoi punishes back-rank weakness just-in-time.
Oct-12-06  Sibahi: Neat ..
Oct-12-06  sandmanbrig: Interesting choice of moves for Korchnoi in the opening.
Aug-24-08  dtsherer: what's the finish?
Aug-24-08
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  Phony Benoni: <dtsher> Black can't save both bishop and knight. If he tries to weasel out with 1...Kf8 2.Kxd1 Ke7, White untangles with 3.Rd7+.
Jan-27-09  Samagonka: Black dug his own grave & sealed his tomb, white only had to lay the wreath.
Jan-27-09  zanza: Superb Victor's Victory!
Jan-27-09
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  beenthere240: 20...Nd4? was an attractive idea since it looked like the grab of the a pawn worked. The countershot of 23. Ba6 must have floored black since if the rook moves horizontally, the pin (and the bishop) is gone, and if the rook moves anywhere on the c-file, white wins with 25. Rd8.

23...Bb3 was cute but still left the bishop hanging.

Feb-28-11
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  AylerKupp: Does anybody else think that 5...c5 was unwise given white’s development lead? After 5...c5 Rybka4 evaluates white’s position to be slightly better, about [+0.40]. If instead 5...b5 (more in keeping with the spirit of the Noteboom variation) Rybka4 evaluates white’s position as only about [+0.10] better, pretty much the same as white’s first move advantage. And 5...b5 6.a4 Bb4 probably transposes into the Noteboom proper with Rybka4 evaluating the position as slightly better for black.
Feb-28-11  Grilo: The noteboom variation is part of my opening repertoire, and I have faced far more 5.♘e5 at online play than one would expect.

It doesn't seem like a much fashionable move (after all, moving the same piece twice in the opening would have given Nimzowitsch praxis' a heart attack) but it is one I'm very fond of when playing White.

The c4 weakness obviously crumbles, but in a slightly different fashion from most QG accepted lines.

I would classify 5...c5 as an opening blunder. Since White wasted a development tempo with the double knight move, Black could have taken the lead with Blitzkrieg development. 5...♘f6 and 5...♗e7 come to mind, but my personal favorite is 5...♘d7.

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