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Viktor Korchnoi vs Alexey Shirov
Madrid (1996), Madrid ESP, rd 7, May-15
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1

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Nov-12-05  Udit Narayan: 20...Nxe4 !!
Nov-12-05  810609: <Udit Narayan> "Tal was born and grew up in the town of Riga, the capital of Latvia. Here, the chess rules have always been a bit different from the rest of the continent. One main difference is that the knights, just like the pawns, can only go forwards, not go back. ...
As we all know, Shirov is also from Latvia, and was also brought up with the rule about the knights only moving forward. So Tal and Shirov would often play and analyze with their “intuitive” rules for the knights. " http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Not that I believe it too much (even in this game Shirov plays 12. ... Ne7 and that is knight "backward" move), but itīs nice theory, isnīt it?

Nov-12-05  lentil: <digits> if this is true, the rule reduces the value of the Knight by about 1/2: it has only 4 instead of 8 options at most junctures. 3/2 = 1-1/2, so it's not worth much more than a pawn...sacking for 2 pawns is a net gain!

question though: what happens if the N reaches the back rank?

Nov-23-05  Jim Bartle: I think that Chessbase article on "Latvian rules" was a joke...
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