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Peter Leko vs Viktor Korchnoi
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-27
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Seems odd to me to exchange on f6 before the pin is broken but this is a line that has some popularity. In two earlier games Korchnoi had faced 11 0-0-0 and achieved short draws (against Timman in Lucernes 1989 and against Leko in Vienna 1996); here Leko varied with 11 dxc. 14..Rfd8? 15 Rad1..Qxa2 16 Bxf6..gxf 17 Qg4+..Kf8 18 Nd7+ would have been losing for Black. Korchnoi blundered with 15..f6?; after 15..Qc6 or 15..h6 or 15..Rfc8 White's advantage would have been small. Perhaps Korchnoi had intended to answer 20 Re5! with 20..Rac8 and then had realized that 21 Rg5 would have left him two pawns down. The trick 37..Bxe3 38 fxe..g6 39 Rg5..Rxg3 40 hxg..h2 41 Rxg6+..Kh7 42 Rxg4..h1(Q) 43 Rh4+ doesn't quite work. 41 Rb8! avoided the tactical tricks on g3. Another losing path was 42..Ra3 43 Ne5+..Ke6 44 Re8+..Be7 45 Nc6..Kd7 46 Rxe7+..Kxc6 47 Rxg7.

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