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Alexey Suetin vs Viktor Korchnoi
Chigorin Memorial (1951), Leningrad URS
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  1-0



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  gambitfan: Enfgame ♘ + ♙ // ♗
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  gambitfan: again the strategy of the interposing knight!
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  gambitfan: Target of the white ♘: f6 square to expel the black Bishop ♗...

Camino ♘ h2 - g4 - f6

I feel that the white ♙ will succeed in queening because it is not too much in the centre...

Am I right ??

Sep-19-07  Grumpi: Win is quite simple here, for example

69 ... Kd3
70.Ng5 Bg8
71.Ke7 K~
72.Kf8 Ba2 (or any other square in this diagonal)
73.Nf7 and pawn is queening.

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  gambitfan: Thanks <Grumpi> for your kind answer...

In fact I asked this question yesterday or two days ago... Since then I had made some progress in my understanding of this endgame...

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  Brettwith2ts: An interesting game, IF you like the French. It happens to be my favorite opening!

At first, I wondered about <13)...♖e8>, because it seems like it's just to kill time, but when I look at it closer, I think that black may have been preparing Nf8, preventing any future attempts at e6, and eventually posting said knight @ e6. Who knows if M. Korchnoi had seen all of that when he played <13)... ♖e8>, but it's a move that threw me off at first, but now I quite like.

Can anyone else see a good reason for <23) Bh4?>, ? I can't see a good reason for it; it just looks to me like a great way for black to get the Nf3 out of the middle of the board. I would even say black has the advantage here, up until he allows <30)♖xc4>.

One last comment; I think black panicked on his 33rd move; <33)... ♘d7?> just looks like an inferior move to me; after 33)...♗xf3!, white's pawn structure issues should be enough for black to at least get a draw out of this.

Oh, well. Masters make mistakes too; kudos to M. Suetin for knowing how to take advantage of M. Korchnoi's mistakes in this game, it's more than most of us could have done!

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