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Viktor Korchnoi vs Edmar J Mednis
"Refer Mednis" (game of the day Sep-21-2014)
Uppsala (1956), Uppsala SWE, Apr-??
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-21-14  edbermac: LOL nice pun

And here is the best scene in the film:

Sep-21-14  Jamboree: What happens if black takes the bait and plays 23. ... bxc4??!!

All I can see for white is 24. Ng6+ hxg6 25. hxg6+ Bh4 ... and now what?

It's not immediately apparent how white mates. And remember he's now TWO pieces down, so if he doesn't mate he's going to have to win a lot of material back instead.

If 26. g3, black doesn't need to worry much, because although white will now win one of the pieces back, 27. Qxh4 allows for a trade of queens and a dissolution of the attack, while 27. gxh4 blocks the file, again blunting the attack.

So perhaps 26. Bb3 instead is better, but that seems to allow 26. ... Qg5!, so that after 27. Bxh4, black has either 27. ... Qh6 or even the risky 27. ... Qxg6!? 28. Be7+ Kg8 29. Bxf8 Kxf8 30. Qh8+ Ke7 and black momentarily seems safe, with two pieces for a rook and a better endgame if queens can be traded off.

And if white does something other than g3 or Bg3, the attack just seems too slow and black will be able to regroup. If for example he tries 26. Bxc7, hat again allows 26. ... Qg5!, again reaching equal material for white at best but no mate.

What am I missing? Where is the mate Mednis was avoiding?

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  beatgiant: <Jamboree>
How about 23...bxc4 24. Ng6+ hxg6 27. hxg6+ Bh4 <28. Bd6> Qf6 29. Bxf8. White has a rook for two minor pieces, and Black's bishop on h4 is still in a precarious position.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Nice defense by Mednis in the face of a tricky attack, but I can't see why he avoided 35...Bb7. Perhaps 36.Qg3!? threatening 37.Kf2 and 38.Rh1? Even if insufficient, that threat combined with time pressure might have made him take the perpetual.
Sep-21-14  Jamboree: beatgiant:

But after 26. Bd6 how about

26. ... Qg5 27. Bxf8 Bb7 28. Bd6 Nd5 29. Bg3 Nf4 30. Qxh4+ Qxh4 31. Bxh4 Bxg2 32. Re1 Bd5

and now the g6 pawn is gonna fall, after which black will have a pawn for the exchange, but also a very strong lock on the center, along with eventual threats on h1. Still looks drawish to me.

Sep-21-14  Tim Delaney: Black wins outright with 35...Bb7. If 36. Qg3 Rg7! and White has nothing. Black threatens to bring the a8 Rook to g8, which would end any hope of a perpetual. White can stop this by chasing the King to g8, but then the g2 pawn cannot be maintained, and h1 will be denied to the White Rook.

Taking the g7 Rook simply leaves White a piece down in a hopeless ending.

Sep-21-14  Hankanintetrolla: Uppsala Sweden 1956, someone knows what tournament?
Sep-21-14  SpiritedReposte: Whoever submitted this pun, I salute you lol.
Sep-21-14  Jack Kerouac: Victor, as in 'victory'.
Of all the Chess Masters I've played over, Korchnoi is the singular one who's play I've never been able to understand; his concept of chess praxis. He plays the orthodox openings and then quickly veers into unorthodox positions. His calculated style is to put his opponent into unpleasant decisions. Sometimes over reaching but mostly attaining his objective. In case you've never seen this, here is a Sunday treat with Korchnoi and the boys....
Sep-21-14  dkjindal73: Perhaps white has a fair chance to win with following lines :- 23. Ng6 + h7xg6,
24. h5xg6 + Bh4
25.Qf3 + ...,
26. Qh5 +?
Sep-21-14  Mudphudder: Very cleaver attack by Korchnoi.
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  kevin86: A nice swashbuckling game that ended in a draw.
May-30-18  RookFile: I'm sure that black should have been crushed. There's no way that moving the f6 knight several times (including eventually a6 and then c7) can be a good chess strategy.
May-30-18  SChesshevsky: Though the Mednis knight tour probably isn't good strategy it does help ensure the LSB and queen rook never get off their home squares. Though the benefit of that strategy can also be questioned.
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  beatgiant: <Jamboree>
On a second look, 23...bxc4 24. Ng6+ hxg6 25. hxg6+ Bh4 and now simply <26. Bxc7> wins back the piece.

I think Mednis was correct with 23...Bxe5.

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