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Viktor Korchnoi vs Tigran V Petrosian
Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Quarterfinal (1980), Velden AUT, rd 1, Mar-08
Gruenfeld Defense: Smyslov Defense (D94)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Nov-03-11  Ulhumbrus: After 9 Qxf3 Korchnoi has the bishop pair as well as greater space.
Mar-11-14  Howard: British Chess Magazine claimed in its
excellent 1980 article on the match that Korchnoi had a winning position just before the adjournment, after the 40th move.
Mar-11-14  Nerwal: In this best games as white book Korchnoi indeed wrote that 41. ♘b3 would have kept an overwhelming positional advantage. At the same time, maybe the win is gone only after 50. ♖xe4. Another game where very direct play is met by a successful cool defence.
Apr-06-15  Howard: British Chess Magazine stated back then that Korchnoi's questionable sacrifice on the 41st move took place because Korchnoi was in time trouble, and he didn't realize that he'd already made his 40th move.

In other words, he apparently thought his 41st move was "only" his 40th move, so he made it in haste.

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