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Vasily Panov vs Viktor Korchnoi
3rd Soviet Team-ch final (1953), Leningrad URS, rd 4, Sep-??
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  0-1



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Aug-11-06  NguyenVo: Awesome endgame technique by Black. White's two pawns at the end were quite useless compare to Black's one.
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  Brettwith2ts: GM Korchnoi must have been terrible to play against; he seems to know exactly how to draw all of the positional advantages possible out of the board, until you are hopelessly lost and can't even say exactly why!

21)...e5! Is an interesting move; I wonder if he found it over the board? I have no idea how far masters typically prepared their lines in the 50s. This pawn 'sacrifice' is very temporary, and allows Black's rook activate along the f-file.

After 32)♖g6, ♖c6, Black is a full pawn up. (it's important to note that 33)♖xc6+ fails, because any capture of the pf4 by white's king allows black to take the opposition, which would win the h-pawn and allow him to queen.) Korchnoi, using his great insight, knows he can give up one of those pawns and still get into an endgame that will be favorable for him. He doesn't flinch or hesitate in giving away not just one, but two pawns.

Like I said. Korchnoi must have been scary.

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