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Garry Kasparov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Interpolis 15th (1991), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Oct-18
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-05  Backward Development: Who says the exchange French is boring!
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  offramp: The black king moves forward, 40...Kg6, and comes under a sudden mating attack. Kasparov was on top form at Tilburg 1991.
May-19-05  notyetagm: The mate is 45 ♕g2+ ♔g4 46 ♕e2+ ♔h3 47 ♕h5+ ♗h4 48 ♕xh4#. The ending of this game features a remarkable <attack on the light sqaures>. Starting with 39 ♕b7+ and including my mating line, White plays 10 consecutive moves solely on the light squares which attack either the Black king or queen.
May-19-05  notyetagm: This game provides a textbook example of <attacking the enemy king with opposite-colored bishops>. White owns the light squares due to his light-squared bishop and finishes the Black king off on these very same light squares.
Jul-16-05  pencuse: Kasparov's plan to take root pawn of black's center pawn structure, d5, is interesting and includes lots of multi-purpose moves. Korchnoi's game based on g4 and d5 protection, but this led no coordination between pieces. After having taken d5, it's nice to see how dangerous Kasparov is: he threatens checkmate within 10 moves after material gain.
Aug-01-05  csmath: Old guy gets smashed in exchange variation of his favorite opening. This gotta be an insult added to an injury.
Jul-05-09  TommyC: Ruthless preparation.
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  whiteshark: I can only imagine that Korchnoi was in heavy time trouble from move 32/33 onwards and especially for <39...Kg6??>.

Kasparov didn't get anything out of the opening and middlegame until <33...Kf7?>.

Jul-05-09  TommyC: Kasparov's Informator notes from the time give him a slight advantage out of the opening. It is true that Korchnoi clawed back toward equality and then blundered, but imo this was due to the persistent pressure which came from Kasparov's pinpointing of the problem with Korchnoi's favourite ...c5 v the French Exchange.
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