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Viktor Korchnoi vs Boris Spassky
Korchnoi - Spassky Candidates Final (1977/78), Belgrade YUG, rd 5, Nov-30
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Nov-25-16
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  offramp: White seems all set to castle.


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But Spassky has a good idea. 8...Qa6. White has to protect the ♙c4. (In fact, he could probably let it go, but Korchnoi doesn't like doing that.)

White retreats with Nd2, then Black exchanged on c3 to leave White with doubled, isolated c-pawns.


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So I was surprised that Spassky played 11...d5. This allows White to get rid of the doubled pawns immediately. I also thought it odd that VK did not take the chance to do so. He played 12.Qb3.


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Half a dozen moves later it is Spassky with the doubled pawns


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But these are not serious and the game, played almost entirely on the queenside, was drawn, probably at the adjournment.

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