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Erwin L'Ami vs Viktor Korchnoi
NH Chess (2008), Amsterdam NED, rd 10, Aug-30
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0


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Dec-02-08  Open Defence: need to go through this game
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  Gilmoy: <8.e4 e5> cedes symmetric Knight outposts -- thematic in the English? <10.Nd5> L'Ami takes his, <13..Nd7> Korchnoi ducks -- evidently to support <15..f5>, morphing into a KID pawn storm. Note how L'Ami smoothly shifts to Bayonet Attack lines: <14.b4 19.Nc4> canonical pressure on Black's d6-weakness. <19..f3 21..g4> look mighty, but Black paid four tempi for zero open lines, and is still about four moves short of a K-side breakthrough.

<24..Bc8?> must be the loser -- surely 24..Bxc4 25.dxc4 Rb7 at least draws. <25.d4!> an energetic slo-mo pawn trade: 25..exd4? 26.Bf4 still doubles on d6, with bonus threats of Bd3 and e5+. <27.Bxd6> hammerlocks b8 and wins the open b-file, and the White host flows downhill into Black's backfield like syrup.

The KID pawn storm must either rip the K-side open, or get an f4-g3 pawn chain for weak back rank and Qh2 threats. Perhaps this is why it's dubious vs. a White fianchetto? White inevitably ripostes at d6/c7, and Korchnoi blinks first.

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  whiteshark: Final round report with a game related <Korchnoi Lecture>:
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