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Bent Larsen vs Viktor Korchnoi
Leningrad Interzonal (1973), Leningrad URS, rd 8, Jun-13
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1



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Sep-20-08  PeterB: Great game - vintage Korchnoi. All tactics, all the time!
Aug-11-10  M.D. Wilson: During one of the Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 games Korchnoi asked the arbiter if he could legally castle when his rook was attacked. He talks about this incident in "Chess Is My Life". Almost the same situation arose in this game, but his rook wasn't being threatened.
Mar-13-13  Everett: <MD> I think that story is utter garbage, Korchnoi playing games.
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  andrewjsacks: Great win by a great player. Larsen was plenty good but not THAT good. Ask Fischer.
Mar-13-13  Everett: < andrewjsacks: Great win by a great player. Larsen was plenty good but not THAT good. Ask Fischer.>

I would rather go over all the great games Larsen played in the Interzonals from 73-79, still fighting and going after wins against the best players willing to play.

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  perfidious: This game is annotated by Korchnoi in the tournament book; round about 22....Rxf4, he discusses an alternative to the move played at length, but I do not recall the analysis.
Apr-09-18  Adenosina: It is a nice game, in fact Korchnoi got the initiative with the Black pieces with an interesting exchange sacrifice which did unbalance the game.

Furthermore, the resulting position is quite typical of different color bishops where the intiative (in this case, it was in Korchnoi hands) is a major factor.

Sep-18-19  Ulhumbrus: After 17...fxe6 White has the bishop pair and Black's pawns are dislocated. It may seem at first sight that White can expect an overwhelming win.

However the opposite happens. Black wins.

Moreover it is not easy to say how White should play differently so as to show that he has an overwhelming advantage.

One example of an answer is that there is in fact no way for White to play differently so as to show that he has an overwhelming advantage, because White's advantage is in fact an illusion.

White's c4 square is weak and his king is exposed to attack. Black's pawn weaknesses are also illusory as White can't get at them in time. White's queen's bishop only appears to be a weapon but is in fact a target.

So the true evaluation is that it is Black who has the advantage instead of White.

This suggests that one can learn a few things about the art of evaluation from this game

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