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Joel Lautier vs Viktor Korchnoi
Biel (2001), Biel SUI, rd 9, Aug-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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Feb-18-05  ionnn: A beautiful and complicate tactical game.
Some analysis by Lautier :

* 7 ... Nc5?! : a dubious move
* 12 Nxe6! : Lautier : "who can resist to make such a sacrifice against Korchnoi" / 12 ... Bxe3? 13 Ndc7+ Ke7 14 Nxd8 Kxd8 (14 ... Bxa1 15 Raxc1+) 15 Nxa8 * 13 ... Be7 : 13...Kf8 14.Be3 Na6 (14...Nc6 15.Qf5+ Ke8 (15...Kg8 16.Ne7+! Nxe7 17.Bd5+ Nxd5 18.Qxd5+ Kf8 19.Bxc5+ ) 16.Qf4±) 15.Rad1 Qe8 16.Bxc5+ Ndxc5 17.Qd6+ Kf7 18.Rd4 Ne6 19.Rxc4 * 14 Bf3!
* 14 ... Nf8? : the best defence was 14 ... Nf6! 15.Nxf6+ Kf8! 16.Qxc4 Bxf6 17.Bf4 * 15 Qe5!
* 17 Bh6!
* 22 Qxh6+?? : Lautier :"Here i miss a beautiful win" / 22.Rxc4!! a)22...Bg5 23.h4
b)22...Qd6 23.Rf4+ Ke8 24.Rd1!! Nd8 (24...Qxe6 25.Nc7#) 25.Qxh6 c) 22 ... Kg7 23.Nxe7 Nxe7 (23...Qxe7 24.Rxc6 ) 24.Qe5+ Kg8 25.Rd4 Qe8 (25...Qf8 26.Rf4 ) 26.Re4

Feb-18-05  offramp: You've got to admire Kortschnoi for holding out for so long against such a massive attck.
Feb-18-05  offramp: 42...Rd1 is the move that finally loses the game, on d1 the rook is unprotected and can be picked up by 43.Qe5+ Kh6 44.Qf4+ Kg7 45.Rxf7+ Qxf7 46.Qg4+ Qg6 47.Qxd1 leaving White two pawns up.

Instead, 42...Rd4 was better. 43.Qe5+ Qf6 44.Qxf6+ Kxf6 45.Ra7 Rxe4 46.Rxa6+ Kf5 47.Rb6 and white is slightly better.

Oct-06-14  Poisonpawns: Don`t waste time in the opening;especially when the position can become open.
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  plang: Black generally plays 7..Qa5 or 7..Bxc3+; Korchnoi's 7..Nc5!? avoided theory but has not been repeated. 10..Ncd7 seems to be an admission that something has gone wrong in the opening. 17..Kg8 was the only defense against threat of 18 Qf5+. 25..Ne5? was a mistake (25..h5 would have been better) which could have been punished by 26 Qxg5..Qxg5 27 Ne6+..Kf6 28 Nxg5..Kxg5 29 f4+..Kg6 30 fxe with a winning endgame.

Clever attacking play by Lautier.

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