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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1974), Moscow URS, rd 13, Oct-16
Queen's Indian Defense: Anti-Queen's Indian System (E17)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-06-04
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  offramp: I think Kortschnoi could have won with the aid of a small tic-tac: 34.♘c8 ♗xc8 35.♖xc8+ ♔h7 36.♕xd3+ f5 .
Mar-10-11  M.D. Wilson: Didn't Korchnoi criticize Karpov's endgame technique after their 1974 candidates match? He was less than generous about it, from memory.
Aug-19-13
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  offramp: VK plays his unusual variation of the white side of the Queen's Indian, with 7.Qd3.


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He plays strongly, in fact in a way that might later be called Karpovian, to reach this position, after 17.Ng2.


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Aug-19-13
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  offramp: After 28...Ba6 we each this position:


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It looks fairly level.
But the next passage of play is crucial for seeing both how good a chess-player VK was and how very good AK was at defending. Time trouble is approaching...

Aug-19-13
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  offramp: The play becomes unusually sharp. I am certain that Karpov's team were bricking it around move 30,


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when the x-ray ...Qb4 holds everything together.

But karpov likes to keep winning chances at all costs (he hates positions where a draw is the only option: I suppose he's not alone in that). After ...d3 both sides have chances.
White spends, in time-trouble, a tempo playing Kg2. Useful because, like in poker, it hands the move to the opponent. Karpov, playing rapidly, tries to exchange queens:


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Aug-19-13
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  offramp: And from that last position 34. Nc8 might win quickly. It is based on the fork at e7.
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