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Lev Polugaevsky vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1980), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 6, Jul-31
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Taimanov Gambit (E17)  ·  1-0

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Dec-17-09  M.D. Wilson: I think Polu and Korchnoi have a similar chess style; both are aggressive counter-attackers and strong in unbalanced positions. Some say Korchnoi had problems with nerves, well so did Polu, but perhaps to an even greater extent. Polu's practical chess record belies his great, unique talent; he is surely one of the game's greatest theoreticians.
Jan-21-16  Howard: I don't know where the novelty took place, but a strong novelty on Polugaevsky's part was key towards winning this important game. Remind me to look in the Informant when I get home.

Chess Life said that Polu's opening preparation was much better in this match, than in their 1977 encounter---indeed it was.

Jan-22-16  Howard: According to Informant, 12.a4 was a novelty, but how significant that turned out to be is hard to say.
Jan-22-16  Olavi: The famous novelty was 8.Nh4 in the twelwth game, which Polu had to win. Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980
Jan-22-16  Howard: True, but there was also a key novelty in THIS game, but I'm not sure if I'd call the novelty "famous". Chess Life mentioned it, but I don't have that back issue anymore.
Aug-01-18  Howard: Well, I have that back issue now (December 1980), and it states that once Korchnoi exchanged his bishop for White's knight on c4, his light squares became weak.

23.e5! won a piece, and it was apparently downhill from there for Korchnoi.

This game was a typical example of how Polugaevsky outprepared Korchnoi in the opening during this 1980 match. Three years earlier, it was a VERY different story in the 1977 matchup !

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