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Boris Gelfand vs Viktor Korchnoi
Biel (2001), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-23
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1



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  Fusilli: Doesn't 26.Rxa7 lead to even material? Plus White ends up with the queenside passed pawn and bishop versus knight, which could be promising.
Apr-04-13  Marmot PFL: No, 26 Rxa7 Rxa7 27 ba7 Ke7.

This may be the best ending ever played by a 70 year old, who knows? Smyslov probably also has some good ones.

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  Fusilli: <Marmot PFL> Ah, right. I was only seeing Nxb6 or Rb8.

The whole game is typical of Korchnoi... grab material and defend like a lion.

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  plang: Korchnoi had avoided playing this defense for most of his career but at this point had overcome his dislike. He chose 9..Bg4 which is a rarely played alternative to 9..0-0 and 9..Bg6. 10 e4!? introduced a questionable gambit.

Korchnoi after 15 Qd3:
"Because of Black's misplaced pieces - Bb4,Nb6 - White has some compensation for the pswn, but not much."

After Korchnoi's 15..Nbd7? White's compensation increased; better was 15..e5 16 Be3..Nbd7. 21 Ba3 would have been better so as to answer 21..Qe5 22 Qxe5..Nxe5 23 a5..c5? 24 axb,,axb with 25 Bxc5!. A tougher defense would have been 38 f3. White should have kept his king in the center; ie. perhaps 40 g3. Played in the first round; Korchnoi went on to win the six player double round robin with +2 a half point ahead of Svidler.

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