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Igor Platonov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Leningrad (1969)
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  0-1



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May-22-19  SpiritedReposte: I wonder if/when white can hold a draw here.

Korchnoi made it seem like a matter of course.

Apr-25-21  Retireborn: Korchnoi snatches a pawn with 12...Nxd4 (12...Bxf4 13.Nxf4 Ne4 is the normal way) but Platonov misses his chance to snatch an advantage with 13.Bxh7+! Kxh7 14.Qxd4.

In his endgame book Korchnoi identifies 61.g4 as the losing move and gives 61.Kd6 Kf4 62.Ke6 Kg4 63.Ra4+ Rf4 64.Rxf4+ Kxf4 65.Kf6 g4 66.Kg6 g3 67.Kh5 as a drawing line.

Korchnoi calls this Leningrad event a Trade Union Spartakiad. I haven't been able to discover any details about it, but it may be the first event that both Korchnoi and Karpov participated in, although they didn't face each other.

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