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Grigory Yuryevich Serper vs Jeroen Piket
Wch U20 (1988), Adelaide AUS, rd 13, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation Tartakower Line (B74)  ·  1-0



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  Sally Simpson: Grigory Serper writes that he needed to win this game or be sent to Siberia!

"So, here is the deal, private Serper", the colonel smiled.

"If you win a medal in the World Junior Championship, then as you know, success is never blamed,"

"But if you finish the tournament below third place, then the rest of your army service will take place on this little island," he finished with even bigger smile.

At the first moment I couldn't say a word. Each of those tiny islands in the Arctic Ocean were known as Chateau d'If of the Siberian Military District. People seldom came back unscathed from there. "

Winning this game enabled him to tie for first place Lautier, Ivanchuk and Gelfand with 9 pts from 13 games.


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  keypusher: <Sally> Cool (sorry) story!

Another excerpt:

<Then he asked me if I could guarantee that I would win a medal in the World Junior Championship. I immediately remembered a similar situation that happened before the final Candidate match of 1974 between Karpov and Korchnoi. The winner was going to play the world championship match vs. Fischer.

Both opponents were asked if they would be able to beat Fischer. Karpov didn't have any doubts about victory over Fischer, while Korchnoi said that at this point no one can beat Fischer. In that exact minute, the fate of these two great players were sealed. Karpov became a favorite of the ruling system and Korchnoi...well, you all know what happened to Korchoi after that fated match of 1974.>

A twist on the usual account, which has this conversation taking place involving Korchnoi and Petrosian, and occurring in 1971.

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