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Zoltan Almasi vs Viktor Korchnoi
Linz (1997), Linz AUT, rd 2, May-18
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0



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Nov-14-03  Phoenix: Good stuff!
Nov-14-03  Nova1990: This is very nice. After 29..axb5, Black's R is pinned to the backrank (to protect the Q). White then brings the R to the 7th to attack the B. Black cannot play 30..QxQ because 31.RxR+ captures with tempo: 31..Kg8 32.RxQ and White is up a R. In the actual game, after the white Q is protected by 32.Nd4 then white is free to play 33.Rea1. 33..QxQ 34.RxR+ Rg8 35.NxQ RxR 36.RxR+ Kf7 37.Nd8+ and white is up a R against Black.
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  Honza Cervenka: 30.Ra7 is a nice shot, but decisive move seems to be 29.Qe6. I think that black should have played 28...c4 29.Nd4 axb5.
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  Open Defence: <Honza> what about 29.Qxe7, won't Black's Q-side pawns be weak after cxb3 ?
Nov-14-03  northernsoul: This is a similar tactical theme to yesterday's puzzle (I think - certainly it was quite recent), which is why I got it so quickly. Ra7 is a killer move, This kind of deflection will make its way into my own games - thanks, chessgames, for increasing my tactical understanding!

Incidentally, anyone else out there using Sigma Chess for Apple Mac? I'd be interested to hear your experiences, get some tips on how to maximise its potential

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  Honza Cervenka: <Open Defence> Do you mean 29.Qxe7 after eventual 28...c4? If so, then simply 29...Rxe7 30.Rxe7 cxb3 and white has hardly a sufficient compensation for the Queen, although the position after 31.Rc7 Qe8 32.b6 doesn't look too comfortable for black at the first glance and he can get into trouble, for example 32...Qe6 33.Bf2 Rb8 34.Re1 Qd6 35.Ree7 Ne8 36.Rcd7 Qf6 37.Bd4 Qf8 38.b7 etc.
Nov-14-03  sarayu: northernsoul: I used to use sigma chess, but liked macchess better (have switched to PC now, though). If you don't have it, you can download for free at:
Nov-14-03  northernsoul: sarayu:
will check it out forthwith
any reason you stopped using sigma?
Nov-14-03  Resignation Trap: This game remind me a lot of an earlier game:

Bagirov vs Kholmov, 1961

Nov-14-03  sarayu: northern soul: not really...i just prefered macchess. (Enjoy the mountains!)
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  Open Defence: thanks Honza
Nov-15-03  euripides: Agreed 28...c4 is an improvement. After 29 Nd4 ab 30 Rxa8 Qxa8 31 Nxb5 Qb7 32 Nd6 Bxd6 33 Bxd6 Qxb2 34 Bb4 is interesting, with Back's forces divided and White very well ecntralised. It looks nice forWhite though I don't see a win.

Black seems to be in trouble on the darlk squares from about move 16 onwards in this game. 26...c5 is th thematic response to the problem but doesn't seem quite to work.

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  Open Defence: <Honza> another crazy idea .. 28..c4 29Bh4?!
Nov-16-03  Cyphelium: <Open Defence> 28.- c4 29. Bh4 cxb3 and now what? 30. -Bc5 is coming. You cannot sac the queen either: 30. Qxe7 Rxe7 31. Rxe7 Qc5+.
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  Open Defence: erm something like 28..c4 29.Bh4 cxb3 30Qh6
Nov-18-03  Cyphelium: <Open Defence> Ok, then what about (28..c4 29.Bh4 cxb3 30.Qh6)30.- Bc5+ 31. Kh1 Qf8?
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  Open Defence: 32Re6 .. ?!!
Nov-19-03  Cyphelium: 32.- Qxh6
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  Open Defence: Qg5 followed by Re6... sowwie .. forgot about the Qg5 ....
Nov-22-03  Cyphelium: <Open Defence> It is hard to understand what you mean when you don't tell me when these moves are to be played. =)

If you mean (28.- c4 29. Bh4 cxb3 30. Qh6 Bc5+ 31. Kh1 Qf8) 32. Qg5, then 32.- axb5 seems enough to win for black.

Or if you mean (28.- c4 29. Bh4 cxb3) 30. Qg5, then 30.- Ne4 wins: 31. Qh6 Qc5+ 32. Kf1 Bxh4 33. Qxh4 Nd2+ 34. Ke2 Nc4 and white loses.

Nov-22-03  Cyphelium: <Open Defence> Come to think of it, 28.- c4 29. Bh4 cxb3 30. Qg5 Ne4 31. Qxe7 Rxe7 32. Bxe7 is not so clear. Instead 30.- Bc5+ 31. Kh1 axb5 is probably better.
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  plang: 17 Ng5 had been the theoretical move prior to this game. 17 Ne5 had been played in a correspondence game as well as a game in a computer tournament. Korchnoi either hadn't seen those games or underestimated the move. The way Almasi exploits the dark squares on the queenside is instructive. Korchnoi sometimes doesn't give his opponents a lot of credit but he voted this game the 2nd best in Informant #70 (overall the panel voted it 8th best). Almasi was critical of 26..c5; recommending 26..Bd8. 30 Ra7! is quite pretty.
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  whiteshark: <25...Rac8> was worth a try

e.g. <26. axb5 c5 27.Qa4 axb5 28.Qa7 Rf7>

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May-30-14  john barleycorn: The position after 16.Qd3 is identical with the position reached in this game

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1914

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