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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1974), Moscow URS, rd 17, Oct-30
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  0-1



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Jun-20-04  morphynoman2: Very strong was 13. Bf4! e5 14. Bg5 Be6 15. Qa4! and Black has no satisfactory defence against the threat of 16. Bxf6 gxf6 (16... Bxf6 17. Nc5) 17. Nd5. Black would have then been in a lost position, whereas now he can battle on (Botvinnik)
Jan-14-06  Hesam7: GM Keene gives the following comments in his book on the match:


One move too early. After 26. R3d6 Qc5 17. b4! Black is in great difficulty as can be seen from 27... Qxc3 28. Rxc7, or 27... Qc4 28. bxa5 Bxc3 29. Bxb7 with good winning prospects. Also 26. R3d6 Nc6 27. Na4 Rxd7 28. Rxd7! is no joy for Black. Korchnoi used half of his remaining ten minutes over this inferior move and now found himself in extreme time trouble.>

<morphynoman2> It is interesting that the line you quote from Botvinnik: (I used my engine a bit)

13. Bf4! e5 14. Bg5 Be6 15. Qa4! 0-0 [15... Qb6 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Rac1] 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 [16... gxf6 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18. Bxd5] 17. Nc5 Qb6 18. Nxe6 fxe6 19. Qb3! Qxb3 20. axb3 a6 21. Rd7 Rf7 22. Rad1 Rxd7 23. Rxd7

is not mentioned in the book.

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  Ulhumbrus: In the sequence 13. Bf4 e5 14. Bg5 Be6 15. Qa4 0-0 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nc5 Qb6 18. Nxe6 fxe6 19. Qb3 Qxb3 20. axb3 a6 21. Rd7 Rf7 22. Rad1 Rxd7 23. Rxd7 an alternative to 22...Rxd7 is 22...Rc8-f8 and an alternative to 17...Qb6 is 17...Qe7
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  offramp: There was another major heavyweight contest going down on the date of this game, the 30th October 1974. Mohammed Ali fought George Foreman,

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