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Viktor Korchnoi vs Borislav Ivkov
Hastings (1955/56), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-31
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Main Line (E69)  ·  1-0



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Apr-13-09  WhiteRook48: how about 36. Bf6 Bxh3 37 Rd8+ Rxd8 38 Bxd8
Feb-11-15  Bycotron: WhiteRook's suggestion for white to drop a pawn for the sake of simplification seems unsound and if fact I believe results in a draw.

Black would be left with 3 pawns vs white's 1 pawn on the kingside and white's only way to win now is to promote his one pawn, thereby winning the black Bishop, then checkmate with the two Bishops.

Of course, even this will not be possible because with all of black's pawns on light squares, white's dark-square Bishop cannot attack them, therefore white cannot win any black pawns in the suggested position, cannot promote his g pawn, cannot win black's Bishop, and cannot checkmate with the two Bishops.

36.h4 delays simplification, but maintains material white will need to win the game.

PS - Did anyone ever destroy the KID like Korchnoi?! It's like he played the game to show everyone how to play against this opening.

Feb-11-15  kingfu: Last time I counted, he was +128 as white in the KID!
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  offramp: <kingfu: Last time I counted, he was +128 as white in the KID!>

That could be right - I won't check.

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, that's the Mk I version who was around in the '50s to the '80s, also had a very good record against the KID:

+71 -8 =42

In today's more hectic and high-rated milieu, Vladimir Kramnik has also been a KID-basher:

+52 -10 =45.

Oct-21-15  Beancounter: According to GM Dzindzichashvili in a story recounted on, Petrosian loved the KID, 'because it kept my family fed for 20 years'.
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  moronovich: <Beancounter: According to GM Dzindzichashvili in a story recounted on, Petrosian loved the KID, 'because it kept my family fed for 20 years'. >

Yeah,he once eagerly shaked Sämisch´s hand and thanked him for the variation !

Oct-21-15  TheFocus: Petrosian was a monster on either side of the KID.
Jun-06-17  N0B0DY: <Beancounter: Petrosian loved the KID, 'because it kept my family fed for 20 years'.>

<N0B0DY> has also heard it this way.

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