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Viktor Korchnoi vs Vladimir Kramnik
PCA Qualifiers (1993), Groningen NED, rd 4, Dec-22
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  0-1

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Dec-09-03  Joel Lopi: Vlad always play this move but why he always lose to Kamsky Twice??
Oct-22-05  KingG: Risky opening by Korchnoi, casling Queen side. The decisive mistake was probably 22.♗d3? alowing Black to open the a-file, leaving the White king in big trouble. With this in mind, i think 22.b5 was the only move, keeping the a-file closed. Black still has a clear advantage though, due to the unsafe position of the White king.

Incidently, the finish is 28.♕xe5 ♖a1+ 29.♔c2 ♕a4+ 30.♖b3 ♖a2+ 31.♕b2(31.♔c3 ♕xb3! 32.♔xb3 ♖8a3#) ♖xb2+

Nov-02-06
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  Mateo: <KingG: Risky opening by Korchnoi, casling Queen side. The decisive mistake was probably 22.d3? alowing Black to open the a-file, leaving the White king in big trouble. With this in mind, i think 22.b5 was the only move, keeping the a-file closed. Black still has a clear advantage though, due to the unsafe position of the White king.> 22.b5 avoids immediate disaster but leaves White with an awful pawn structure. The backward c pawn is weak, the Queenside majority will be useless if White is able to reach the ending, the White King remains unsafe although lesser than after the move actually played and Black has an outpost on c5. So I think Black has a clear advantage, like you wrote, but not only <due to the unsafe position of the White king> but also for the other reasons I gave.

Another point is that I am not sure <22.b5 was the only move>. A small drawback of 21...a5 was the weakening of the b5 square. For this reason, White should have played, in my opinion, 22.Nd4. For instance, 22...axb4 23.Nb5 and 24.axb4, although Black has an edge.

May-03-08  KingG: <Mateo> You'll have to forgive me for my posts from a few years ago, as I was even more clueless about chess then than I am now. However, I still think what I wrote back then was more or less correct. Of course, after 22.b5, White has a bad pawn structure, but when your King is in danger, I don't think you should worry too much about such things. Once the a-file is open, White has very little chance of surviving in my opinion. And it's not just the a-file, the b4 pawn might come under attack, and force b5 anyway, when White has the worst of both worlds.

Of course, 22.b5 is still very unpleasant, and probably objectively lost, but at least it saves White from getting mated, and allows him to complete his development.

May-04-08  lost in space: yeah, very risk opening due to the queenside-casteling. White was not able to create threats and finally lost as he allowed a direct attack on his king via the open a-file.
Feb-21-13  Naniwazu: I agree that Korchnoi misplayed the opening somewhere, but I don't think 22. Bd3 was the decisive mistake. In Kramnik's 'My Life and Games (Everyman Chess, 2000, p. 35) Damsky gives the move 17. b4 a ?! saying that 17. Ne5 Bf6 18. f4 Rad8 19. Be2 is better.
Feb-21-13
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  Eggman: Only in chess: two opponents born 54 years apart - this would be like Vladimir Klitschko fighting Sonny Liston.
Dec-16-13  nummerzwei: <Eggman: Only in chess: two opponents born 54 years apart - this would be like Vladimir Klitschko fighting Sonny Liston.>

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54 years would be Korchnoi vs Navara:

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