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Viktor Korchnoi vs Miguel Najdorf
"Russian tanks" (game of the day Sep-23-2018)
Hoogovens (1971), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  1-0



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Jul-06-03  Tigran Petrosian: The combinative motif in this game is called the pawn-dash, I believe.
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  Honza Cervenka: Very interesting line is 31...Rxe6 32.Rxe6 Qxe6 33.Qxe6 Nxe6 34.f5 Nf8 35.h5 h6 (35...g6 36.h6 gxf5 37.g3 and white wins as black King cannot move and black Knight is unable to inhibit white f-Pawn and defend b-pawn at once) 36.g4 b4 37.Kf2 Nd7 38.Ke3 g6 39.f6! g5 (39...gxh5 40.gxh5 Kh7 41.Kf4 with next 42.Kf5 and white King invades into black position via e6 or e5 with a decisive effect.) 40.Kd4 Kh7 41.Kd5 Nxf6+ 42.Ke6 Kg7 43.f8=Q+ Kxf8 44.Kxf6 and white wins.
Jul-10-07  zev22407: Korchnoi had to see the point of his sacrifice back in the 23 move!
Mar-26-09  WeakSquare: Actually, Najdorf missed a perpetual at move 38. Instead of 38...Qf4+?, he should have played ...Qd3+, and if 39.Kf2 Ng4+, or if 39.Ke1 Qe3+ == with perpetual check.

Korchnoi played a wrong move at 36.Qc8+. He had an easy win with 36.Qc5! and just pushing the pawns.

Mar-26-09  WeakSquare: This is what Korchnoi had to see when sacrificing his bishop:

31...Rxe6 32.Rxe6 Qxe6 33.Qxe6 Nxe6 34.f5 Nf8 35.h5 g6 39.h6

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and White King picks up the b-pawn while Black Knight is stuck at f8.

Mar-26-09  AnalyzeThis: Fischer showed later in this opening that 8...Nc6 is more precise.
Mar-27-09  WeakSquare: <AnalyzeThis> Gary gives Fischer's b5 an ?!.

Black seems to have good results with it, though. Anyway, it's not played much anymore.

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  piltdown man: More infantry than tanks.
Sep-23-18  Ironmanth: Great game!
Sep-23-18  cunctatorg: Agreed; Russian infantry!!
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  maxi: This is not only a very interesting game; it is very educational, too. A lot of chess theory is involved in this game.
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