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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Viktor Korchnoi
Melody Amber Rapid 3rd (1994) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 8, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39)  ·  1-0



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Feb-21-05  inkyxnee: I thought I was wild in my game playing with family, but this beat me. I must be missing a lot of subtly in their play. Any insights?
Feb-22-05  euripides: <ix> welcome to the site. The opening leaves White with some potential pressure down the d file against Black's d6 pawn and the square d5. To get counterplay Korchnoi tries the King's-side expansion with f5. After White's powerful 19 f4!, this leaves him with weaknesses on the long black diagonal (a1-h8) and the g file. Typically, White is able to use his black-square domination to attack the Black pawns on white squares. The critical moment is the exchange sacrifice 28 Rxd5. If 29..Qxd5 White has 30 Qxf5+ Rg6 31 Qxc8 threatening 32 Qh8 mate. From then on White is probably winning as the dominant position of his pieces outweighs the slight material disadvantage. 31 b3 threatens 32 Rd6. Then after 31...Rg6 32 Rd8 the black queen has no good square. With 34 ...Rxg2+, Black is hoping to win the queen for a rook by the skewer, but White is able to make him lose two rooks for the queen leaving White a piece up.

Note that there are 25 minutes for each side, probably leading to some inaccuracies and also increasing Korchonoi's hopes that he could swindle Ivancuk at the end.

Mar-31-14  Poisonpawns: The version of Ivanchuk that no GM wants to face.

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