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Viktor Korchnoi vs Jan Timman
Amsterdam VSB (1991), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, May-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Anti-Tartakower Variation (D55)  ·  1-0


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  plang: Timman said that 15..f5 was necessary to blunt Korchnoi's kingside initiative.
Dec-19-11  Whitehat1963: From beginning to end, I find this game baffling!
Dec-19-11  Retireborn: <Whitehat> 8...a6 is probably a mistake, Black should play 8...Nc6 or 8...dxc4.

After 10.e4 if 10...dxc4 11.e5 Be7 12.Bxc4 Black is cramped and Bc8 is a problem piece.

After 16.g4 it is very hard for Black to find a plan, and after 18.Rhg1 White threatens Qxh6, while if 18...fxe4 19.Qxe4 the white attack runs all over the light squares.

After 23.Qc3 White threatens both b4 and Ng6, either of which will win material.

Dec-20-11  Whitehat1963: Thanks, <Retireborn>.
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  Fusilli: <Retireborn... after 18.Rhg1 White threatens Qxh6, while if 18...fxe4 19.Qxe4 the white attack runs all over the light squares.>

True, and worth taking a look:

After 18.Rhg1:

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If 18...fxe4 19.Qxe4

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The situation is so dire that the computer picks Qf5 as the best defense. Because if 19...Bf6 20.Rde1!

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White threatens mate in two. It seems like the only defense is 20...Ne7

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And the killing blow is:

21.Qh7+ Kf7 22.Rxg7+! Bxg7 23.Ne5+

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After White captures the queen the attack is not over though. The black position collapses.

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