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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1974), Moscow URS, rd 15, Oct-23
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-03-04  morphyvsfischer: Oh, Korchnoi... 25 dxc5 Nc6 26 Qc1 wins Black's silly looking knight on a3... if only you played the opening quicker...
Apr-03-04  Benjamin Lau: 26. Qc1 is not possible.
Apr-13-04  morphyvsfischer: No I'm sorry 25 Rxc5!
Sep-05-04  Dick Brain: <morphyvsfischer> I think you're onto something there. A comical way this could have continued would be 25. Rxc5 Qa5 26. Rfc1 Rxc5 27. Rxc5 and Black's Q and both N's are tied up in the most ridiculous way.

Korchnoi had a great shot at being world champion considering he only lost the match by one point and Karpov was tiring terribly by the end of the match.

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  beatgiant: What about 25. ♖xc5 ♖xc5 26. dc ♘c6 and Black can rescue the stray knight with 27....b4 if necessary?
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  offramp: Here is my line. Are there any improvements for white? 25.♖xc5 a5 26.♕b2 ♖xc5 27.dxc5 ♘bc2 28.♖c1 ♕c7 29.♖xc2 ♘xc2 30.♕xc2 ♖c8 31.♗e3 ♕xe5. White has two bishops for a rook & pawn, and Kortschnoi is a great endgame expert. But would it be enough to win?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: According to Robert Byrne, in his book on the 1973-1974 Candidates' Matches, Karpov blundered when he played 23....b5? He recommended 23....Nbc2, and gave the line 24.Bg5! Bb4 25.Qxb4 Nxb4 26.Bxd8 Rfxd8 27.Nc5! b6! 28. Nxe6 Rxc1 29. Nxd8 Rxh1 30. Kxh1 Nb5. (Exclamations in the original.)

Byrne said that after 25.Rxc5, "Karpov would still not escape loss" no matter what he replied.

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  beatgiant: <What about 25. ♖xc5 ♖xc5 26. dc c6 and Black can rescue the stray knight with 27....b4 if necessary?>

Sorry about this chess blindness, of course White would play 25. ♖xc5 ♖xc5 26. ♕xb4 with a win.

I think White should win against offramp's defense too. So it looks like you are quite right, <morphyvsfischer>.

May-06-12  Ulhumbrus: Apart from the win at move 25 by 25 Rxc5 instead of 25 dxc5, at move 28 instead of 28 Qxa5 Robert Byrne quotes the following sequence given by Gufeld: 28 Qd3 Nb4 29 Qe4 Nxa2 30 h5 gxh5 31 Bxh5 Nxc1 32 Rh1!! Rfe8 33 Qh7+! Kf8 (33...Kxh7 34 Bf7+ mate) 34 Bg5! and the black King is in a mating net. Korchnoi appears to have missed a win because of time pressure.
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  offramp: <Ulhumbrus: Apart from the win at move 25 by 25 Rxc5...> What win?

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