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Johann Hjartarson vs Viktor Korchnoi
Candidates Match (1988), Saint John CAN, rd 1, Jan-24
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0



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Dec-04-05  Jim Bartle: Informant has this ending with 44. Nc6.

What happens if black plays QxN on moves 25 or 26?

Mar-13-06  Dres1: If black plays QxN, white will play Bg5, regaining the exchange, and then winning the d pawn.
Mar-13-06  Dres1: 16...d4 was the mistake here
Jun-28-08  arsen387: What a beauty! It was a pleasure to analyze this game. Seems like black's problems started from 16..d4? 17.Be4 was a great move, now blacks can't neither castle (17..O-O 18.Bxc6 Qxc6 19.Nxe7+ forking the Q) nor continue with 17..dxc3 as 18.Qxd7 wins a piece (if now 18..Rxd7 19.Bxc6 wins or 18..Kxd7 19.Bxc6+ Kxc6 20.Nxe7+ and again whites are a piece up and winning). After opening the a file whites positional advantage is big and Hjartarson converts it to win in a spectacular way.

25..Qxe7 will be met with 26.Bxg6 and then winning the d pawn and 25..Kxe7 will be met with 26.Bg5+.

27.Ng6+! What a <BEAUTIFUL> move. 27..Qxg6 will be met by 28.Qxd8+ Kf7 (if Qe8 29.Rf4+ wins immediately) 29.Qxh8

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and now even 29..QxR is impossible because of 30.Ng5+ forking the Q and K! God, how do the GMs reach to such marvellous positions!

So the game continues 27..Kg8 28.Rd4 Rxd4 and that g6 N is immune even after 29.Qxd4 as 29..Qxg6 30.Qd8+ Kh7 31.Ng5+ wins.

And after the dust settles whites have 2 minor pieces for a R which is a winning advantage and whites finish the game off in style.

What a game by GM Hjartarson!

Apr-04-12  JoergWalter: Korchnoi's loss to Hjartarson in the candidates 1988 was a big sensation.

15.b4 was a novelty. Korchnoi's 16....d4 is not good but what else to play? 16....0-0?

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  diagonal: Asked which was his most interesting game ever, Johann Hjartarson named this (first game in the Candidate's match vs. Viktor Korchnoi): 15.b4! cannnot be refuted.
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