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Borislav Ivkov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Hoogovens (1968), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-13
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  0-1



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Apr-09-06  Tariqov: Good played Bishop ending
Mar-21-15  zydeco: As white, Ivkov, for some reason, liked to play the Queen's Indian, and exchange quickly into a featureless endgame. Here, his position falls apart incredibly quickly.

Playing 30....f5+ before .....Rxc1 is an important finesse - it forces the white king to the f-file, instead of the d-file, and black's king takes d5.

Over the next few moves, white can't play Ke3-d3 as he would like to, because of ....Bd4+ forcing the king back to f3. Instead, Ivkov tries a convoluted bishop maneuver: Bg5-d8-a5, but black has virtually a forced win.

Maybe white should just defend passively with 34.e3 and 35.Ke2 and keep the king in front of the c-pawn.

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