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Viktor Korchnoi vs Raymond Keene
Hastings (1975/76), Hastings ENG, rd 14, Jan-13
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: looks like VK takes control playing against black's weak e pawn and somewhat bad Bishop.
Dec-01-19  cunctatorg: I fail right now to see the mate after 41... Kh7... though the perpetual is absolutely obvious. However Raymond Keene had been able to realize that after 41... Kh7 a mate follows, I can not do the same...

It has to be a quite impressive mating pattern though...

... unless there is none; simply four white pawns (and one rook) vs. one R plus one or two black pawns after 41... Kh7 42. Rxg7 Kh6 43. Rg8! Kh7 44. Re8 e1-Q 45. Rxe1 Rxe1 46. Rxh5 Kg6 47. Rg5 +-

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  HeMateMe: there is no mate, but white will be up three pawns. black has no counter play, no chance at a perpetual.
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  yiotta: <cunctatorg>41...Kh7 42.Rxg7+ Kh6 43.R4g5#. So with the Black king stuck on h8, rook and 4 pawns vs rook and 2 pawns should be an easy win.
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  beatgiant: <cunctatorg>
At first, I thought 41...Kh7 42. Rxg7+ Kh8 <43. g4> (adding threat of g5# in three) would be a game changer, because then 43...hxg4 44. Rg8+ Kh7 45. R5g7+ Kh6 46. Rxg4 (threatens mate again) Kh7 47. R4g7+ Kh6 <48. Rg2> Kh7 49. R8g5 threatens mate and the e-pawn while getting a protected square for the rook, so White would come out a rook up.

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But I checked with the engine here and it found a better defense with 48...Rb1+ 49. Kc2 Rc1+ 50. Kd3 <e1(N)+> forking the rook at g2, so White only wins the exchange, but White will also pick up the a-pawn with rook and two connnected passers versus a knight.

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