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Alexander Grischuk vs Viktor Korchnoi
Biel (2001), Biel SUI, rd 7, Jul-30
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-06-05  Kangaroo: Seems to me that it was about that game... .

Korchnoi in one of his interviews criticized young grandmasters (no name given) unaware of the poisoned pawns.

He then referred to one of these games (C02 was the ECO code). His young opponent had some advantage and then decided to grab the pawn, because he thought that Korchnoi liked to grab pawns himself and not to sacrifice them... .

Needless to say, concluded Viktor Korchnoi, that the advantage was lost and game that he might have lost was saved.

Apr-18-18
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  plang: 9..Be7 preparing ..f5 was a new idea (in the actual game 8..Bd7 was played first and then 9..Be7). 11 Ng5..Nh6 would have been OK for Black as after 12 Qh5+..g6 White can't play 13 Qxh6..Bf8. As mentioned above Grischuk's 15 Qxh5?! seems to be asking for trouble; 15 Rb1 is a logical alternative. Black would have had a strong initiative after 18 Rb1..Nxc1 19 Rbxc1..f4. 18..Nxa1 19 Bf4..Nb3 20 Qe5 would have been winning for White. Black, perhaps, could have tried 26..Bc2!?.

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