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Peter Acs vs Viktor Korchnoi
European Championship (2001), Ohrid MKD, rd 3, Jun-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: After 33.Ra8 -- pinning the Rg8 against its King and temporarily making the Queen immune from capture -- Black can't play 33...Rxa8 to go for a Q-vs-RR ending, as 34.Qe5+ picks up the other Rook.

But wait. Maybe this other Rook can save the day? What about 33...Rg4+, winning the Queen *again* ...?

Alas, no. White plays 34.Qxg4 hxg4 (forced, as the Rg8 is still pinned) 35.Rxg8+ Kxg8 36.a4 -- and wins the pawn ending.

White's King easily stops the black d-pawn, but Black can't get to the a-pawn in time. The irony is that Black would be fine if he still had passed d- and h-pawns: two separated passers can move as fast as White's one. But the passed h-pawn was 'accidentally' converted to a non-passed g-pawn when it took the Queen.

Yeah, life's not fair. You capture a Queen with a pawn, and the resulting sideways shift of the pawn costs you the ending.

There's even a moral: watch out for stuff like this.

Dec-28-12  adbat: error in this game ; the move correct is 30...Rf4, not Qf4.
Dec-28-12  adbat: If 31.h5/Rf8 32.hg6(Rg6)/Qa1 33.Kg2/Rf2 34.Qf2/Rf2 35.Kf2/Qd4 + win blacks
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  plang: 6..Bb4 is a rarely played alternative to the main line 6..c5. Acs was critical of 8 Be3? recommending 8 0-0 instead. 14..0-0?! was an inaccuracy; Karpov suggested 14..Nc6 15 Nxc6..Qxc6 16 c4..Rd8 with mutual chances. White was gradually outplayed and after 17 Qxh6?! (17 Rfe1), 23 h4?! (23 Rxa7) and 24 Bf3? (24 Qf4) Black had the advantage. Black started to go wrong with 27..Rd2?; 27..Qxd4 would have maintained an edge. 28 Qe5 would have equalized.

Korchnoi started a faulty combination with 31..Qxg5? which lost.

<adbat: If 31.h5/Rf8 32.hg6(Rg6)/Qa1 33.Kg2/Rf2 34.Qf2/Rf2 35.Kf2/Qd4 + win blacks>

..or 31..Rf8! 32 hxg..Qa1+ 33 Kg2..Rxf2+ 34 Kh3..Qh1+ 35 Kg4..R8f4+ 36 Qxf4..Qd1+ and wins.

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