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Jaan Ehlvest vs Viktor Korchnoi
Skelleftea World Cup (1989), Skelleftea SWE, rd 5, Aug-??
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  1-0



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Dec-29-02  ryhon: nice queen sac, i guess kortchnoi didnt see it!
Dec-30-02  ryhon: wudnt it have been better for black to capture the pawn on c4 so as to not give white 2 connected passed pawns?
Dec-30-02  ughaibu: I guess he didn't want to encourage the knight to come to d6.
Jan-01-03  ryhon: yes i see ur point but the knight could reach d6 via e4?
Jan-02-03  ughaibu: Yes, f4 looks bad to me, but I cant see anything that appeals, maybe Qb8 the queen can then either support the advance of the b-pawn or be switched to f8 to attack the h-pawn?
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  Sneaky: Qxg6!! You gotta love it. Ehlvest is such a sharp tactician.
Jan-02-03  drukenknight: why doesnt he push the b pawn sooner, w/ move 36 or 37?
Jan-03-03  ryhon: possibly drukenknight he did not push the pawn earlier because it wud have undermimed support. basically only the queen is able do defend it, and whites queen and knight can attack it.
Jan-04-03  drukenknight: On this opening, I think they call it "Burn variation" where black takes dxe on the the 4th move. IT is called Rubinstein when he takes on the 3rd. Waiting till the 4th seems to stir up the pot much more.

Most black players play the follow up moves w/ out much agression. Try playing 5...Qd5 sometime, it continues w/ 6 Nxf6+ (pretty much forced) a real hoot.


Ryhon: with the pawn on b4 I dont see the N getting to it very quickly; the N could blockade it I guess.

Jan-04-03  ryhon: i dont understand y on move 6 black takes back with the pawn? y doesnt he take back with the bishop? i suppose he wants to keep the bishop but that seriously weaken's his pawn structure?
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  Sneaky: 6...Bxf6 is also a good move, and is played a lot. But 6...gxf6!? is a wonderful idea as well if you understand the plan.

You are right, the choice of 6...gxf6 does weaken the Black's pawn structure. This will hurt Black in the endgame... however, "Before the endgame, the gods have placed the middle game." (Tarrasch)

During that middlegame Black has an open file against the White king, where he promptly drops his rook. The king, once in the corner, is very snug. One could imagine White getting blasted apart by Black in a position like this after some tricky Korchnoi-like sacrifice... I'm sure if I was playing the White pieces that would have been exactly the result. But Ehlvest is one sharp cookie and was able to survive the pressure.

In summary: don't be so dogmatic. Doubled pawns are a bad thing, but can also be a good thing. The same goes for isolated pawns, especially the famous isolated Queen's pawn.

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  Sneaky: Also see the opening of the day: the Bronstein-Larsen variation of the Caro-Kann. It's an excellent illustration of the idea of doubling pawns for the sake of a useful half-open file.
Jan-04-03  ryhon: thank you very much. i have been playing chess for about 2 years now and even though try to study have basically been stuck in the ways of trying to keep a solid pawn layout and castleing my king to safety. i usually play e4 as white, but most of the time either side of the board of any opening even though i have basically briefly glanced over all of the openings, feel not 100% confident in my game. it seems as though i always adopt the same principals not knowing exactly y i play the game in this manner. after seeing grandmaster games they play completely differently from me. but the funny thing is is that when a grandmaster is playing a game i can usually pick his next move or see moves ahead. on the contrary when i play for myself it just seems to fall apart. i am only 14 but plz dont treat me as a beginner as i am not. could u help me out? plz dont treat me as a child as i am not a beginner thanx:)

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