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Miroslav Filip vs Viktor Korchnoi
Bucharest (1954), Bucharest ROU, rd 12, Mar-16
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Simagin's Improved Variation (D86)  ·  0-1

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Nov-23-04  tayer: Korchnoi (not my favorite player) makes a very interesting queen "sacrifice" with a manouver starting with 20. ... ♗xe5. He "only" gets 2♗s +2♙s for his ♕. But he is in (or maybe in a winning) better position
Mar-03-05  popski: Scary game. You need strong nerves to play like this (on both sides).
Oct-29-09  Travis Bickle: What a great game!! Korchnoi the best chessplayer ever not to win the World Championship imo. Victor had a good record against many WC's including Robert Fischer!
Mar-02-10  goldenbear: 20.Nh5 wins most easily for White, but 20.e6 Qe7 21.exf7+ Qxf7 22.Nxg6! also wins, according to OMGP. <tayer> Kasparov thinks even after the mistake 20.Bb5?, Filip would have been close to winning after 25.Rd3, with the idea of Rde3 and the exchange of rooks. Finally, White would draw easily with 29.Rh3, so that 29.Red1? was the decisive mistake.
Oct-31-12  csmath: I do not see anything particularly great in this game. Filip "forgets" to block a pawn and gives an exchange totally unnecessary.

Yes, Korchnoi made a speculative queen sacrifice in a difficult position and played exactly as he was usually inclined to play but Filip could have easily drawn the game and perhaps even won.

Some decisions Filip made were completely puzzling.

Mar-03-17  Toribio3: As Nimzovich said, " A passed pawn is a criminal". In this game, Korchnoi demonstrated the power of a passed pawn.
Feb-13-18  Adenosina: White got a free attack on the kingside but Korchnoi created an interesting material unbalance which proved to be effective when it came to confusing White, and in the end White did not find the correct plan. Quite impressive to say the least.

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