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Viktor Korchnoi vs Robert Byrne
Leningrad Interzonal (1973), Leningrad URS, rd 9, Jun-14
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Korchnoi Attack (E97)  ·  1-0

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Apr-27-11
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  perfidious: A powerful display by Korchnoi, this was Byrne's only defeat at Leningrad on his way to qualifying for the 1974 Candidates matches.
Jan-30-18  Ironmanth: Wow. First time playing this one; Byrne really got murdered here. Even more impressive is that he got off the mat and finished the Interzonal in such a fine place. Bravo, Robert!
Jan-30-18  Howard: Too bad for Byrne that he got demolished by Spassky in the first round of the Candidates.
Jan-30-18  morfishine: I have much admiration for Byrne and always enjoyed his analysis column in Chess Life over the years, so its painful to see his position get ripped apart like this

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Jan-30-18
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  plang: This tournament was the high point of Byrne's career. No shame in losing a match to Spassky.
May-03-20  Albanius: Notwithstanding this game, the 1973 Interzonal was the tournament of Byrne's life. Amazing that he ascended from an ordinary strong GM to world class player at age 45.
May-03-20
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  perfidious: Believe Byrne himself credited his rise to, in large part, the rigorous analytical work he was obliged to put in regularly as columnist of the NY Times, which he had taken over ca 1970.
May-04-20
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  HeMateMe: in his auto bio Korchnoi opined that Byrne improved by playing in tournaments in Russia, his results would immediately go up after playing for two weeks in Russia against that level of competition.
May-04-20  SChesshevsky: Game has a somewhat similar feel to Tal's win in Tal - Najdorf, 1970 USSR - World match.

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