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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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Sep-17-07  gambitfan: Enfgame ♘ + ♙ // ♗
Sep-17-07  gambitfan: again the strategy of the interposing knight!
Sep-19-07  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.

Sep-19-07  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...

Dec-30-10  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!

Jun-12-20
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  PawnSac: < 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>. >

Black's center duo is potentially strong, and the Be7 can be useful attacking f2 or d2 via b4 . White wants to trade it off, which also leaves "holes" (weaker dark squares) in black's Kside. There are also some knight tactics (threat of Nh6+ with N4f5+ to bust open the Kside position with fork or mate threats.

The position is actually about equal.

< 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. >

Bxf3 gxf3 would provide an escape for the K and nullify black's back rank mate threat. The white rook is tied down to defense so Rxd7 is impossible. Nd7 is better than Nh7 since a R check pulls the knight back to f8 again, and then the white rook and B can work together to pressure f7 or eliminate the c passer.

At lower levels BxN on c3 f3 c6 f6 is appealing to double pawns, but at higher levels of play the superiority of B over N in many positions makes such captures often undesirable, unless there is a more concrete gain.

Jun-21-21
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  woldsmandriffield: Is the game score correct? I completed the Guessthemove feature and found 62 Ke3 allowing 62..Bd5 = exceedingly strange. Points were deducted for the (winning) 62 Ke5

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