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John van der Wiel vs Viktor Korchnoi
1st Euwe Memorial (1987), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, May-08
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-08-23  Retireborn: When Korchnoi played the Caro Kann he was probably hoping to induce the 3.e5 line that Wiel was known to favour; but having already lost disastrously with that to Timman in the first round, Wiel prefers a more mainstream variation which he is able to follow for many moves.

Eventually they reach a bizarre-looking pawn ending which is level, although both sides have to be careful.

One interesting line is 34.c5 Kc6 35.b5+ Kc7 36.Kc4 [36.cxb6+? Kxb6 wins] bxc5 37.Kxc5 f5 38.Kc4 [38.exf6? b6+ wins] Kb6 39.Kb4 Kc7 [not 39...f4? 40.a5+Ka7 41.Kc4 wins] 40.a5 Kc8 41.Kc5 Kb8=. White can't play 42.Kd6? f4, of course.

In the 5th round Wiel had to face his third CK from Karpov, but he again eschewed 3.e5 and was able to draw another interesting game.

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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, have not played 4....Bf5 since my teens, as my preference was first 3....g6, followed by 3....dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7, then the more pugnacious 4....Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6, but had always wondered about Black's chances in this game after 16.b4.

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Jun-08-23  Retireborn: <perf> I always liked the line with 5...exf6, but I gave up playing the CK because everyone played 3.e5 and I was afraid of it (laughs)

16.b4 is a new idea to me. One pictures Korchnoi being less than delighted, were it served up to him!

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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, as an old friend would put it: I was too stupid to be afraid. You will see that I have games in this DB on both sides of van der Wiel's speciality 3.e5.

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