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Viktor Korchnoi vs Garry Kasparov
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-15
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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Aug-13-03  ksadler: For those that are interested, this game is annotated at
Mar-07-04  csmath: Seirawan's comments have more errors than Korchnoi had in the game.
Feb-20-06  Everett: <csmath> care to elaborate?
Feb-20-06  BobbyBishop: Poor lil Knight on a4. nothin to one to see :(
Jul-26-07  outplayer: <csmath> Did you elaborate it?
Oct-19-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Grooming passed pawns for promotion

Final position

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The powerful Black h3-passed pawn is actively supported by both the Black f4-knight and Black h4-king, with the Black f7-rook ready to swing over to the g- or h- files as needed to help support the passer.

Seirawan's comment on the reason for Black's resignation:

<There is no stopping the h-pawn: 55.Rh8+ Nh5 56.Kf2 Rg7 and the pawn scores a touchdown.>

(VAR) Seirawan's continuation:

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Oct-19-07  notyetagm: Position after 14 ... ♕d6-f6!! (Seirawan):

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Seirawan's comments:


A very fine move which earns Black the advantage. Kasparov dodges 14...Qxf4? 15.Qd4+ Kg8 16.Qb4 or 16.Qc5, going after the a5-Knight. Now White is cursed with having to guard the f4- pawn, the b2-pawn and the c4-square. Black has the advantage.>

Jul-01-08  apexin: this game is also annotated in Igor stohl's book "Garry Kasparov's greatest chess games" vol2.
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  plang: The advantage of 11..Na5 over 11..Ne5 is that White is that White is not allowed to play Qb3; the disadvantage is that the knight can be vulnerable on a5. 14 f4?! created an additional weakness; 14 Qd2 and 14 Rc1 have been played previously and are more solid. A more consistent continuation would have been 16 e5..Qf5 17 Bd3 (or 17 d6); Korchnoi's 16..dxc?! made things easier for Black. 22..Kxf6?! allowed the strong defensive move 23 Rc1! )preventing ..Na4); better was 22..exf 23 f3 (23 Rc1..Na4!)..f5 24 0-0..Na4 and Black is much better. 28..Ke7?! allowed White to improve his pawn structure with 29 f5; better was 28..h6. Korchnoi defended well up until the end of the time control and had he played 40 Na4..Rxc3 41 Nxc3..Ke5 42 Ke3..h5 43 f3 he would have had good drawing chances; instead after 40 h4? Black easily created an outside passed h-pawn which proved decisive.

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