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Lev Polugaevsky vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1980), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 12, Aug-14
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Polugayevsky Gambit (E17)  ·  1-0
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Feb-16-04  Tigran Petrosian: 25.Rd7!! is a beautiful deflection.
Feb-16-04  drukenknight: gee what is wrong w/ 58...Qxa3+? Great endgame though, once whites K gets in front of the pawns he is home free.
Jun-06-04  Tigran Petrosian: Then 60.Qe6+.
Oct-15-06  aw1988: 12. Nxg7!
Oct-15-06  Madinina Killer: Home prep
Oct-15-06  aw1988: I think it really makes Korchnoi's opening system dubious. After Nxg7 White has the superior game.
Apr-24-07  Maatalkko: This is an awesome game. I can't wait to study it more and see how accurate it is.
Jun-17-14
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  offramp: Game 12 of this Candidates' Semifinal. The last game of normal time and Polugaevsky was losing 2-1.

Previous games with Kortschnoi as black had included Queen's Indians where this position had arisen after 6.0-0:


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...with a standard follow-up 7.d5 exd5 8.Nd4, exploiting the pin between the ♗g2 through the ♙ to the ♗b7.

The trouble with the move is that soon a black knight arrives on c6 and there are exchanges. In this must-win game Polugaevsky invents a new gambit!

8.Nh4!


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(He may have known of the game Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 which reached this position after 7.Nh4:)


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Both players play well. Polugaevsky finds a very good move in this position:


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25.Rd7!!

Kortschnoi eventually loses his queen. But he only needs a draw so he plays on until the bitter end; but Polugaevsky has everything under control. He even lets Kortschnoi promote first.


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56.Qxf5!

Polugaevsky must have been delighted when his gambit was repeated at the very highest level in Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984, game 2 of their first match.

Aug-01-17
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  thegoodanarchist: Clearly this is the best game of chess ever played.

I doubt anyone can improve on even two moves of White.

Jun-14-18  ndg2: Lev "alpha0" Polugaevsky
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