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Viktor Korchnoi vs Vitali Golod
Beer Shiva Rapid (2004) (rapid), Israel, rd 4, Apr-19
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Saemisch Deferred (E51)  ·  1-0



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May-06-04  Benjamin Lau: This may very well be Korchnoi's best game from this rapid tournament. A bold and relentless execution with some nice positional pawn sacrifices. 8. c5!? is the novelty in this db. Sokolov tried 8. Bd3 against Korchnoi in this very line many years ago and lost. In these sort of locked positions, black normally tries one of two plans- the queenside breakout with ...b6 and ...a5, or the central breakout with ...e5. With the latter, Golod may have tried 9. Bd3 Qc7 10. o-o e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. Bb2 Rd8 which doesn't look too bad for black. Perhaps 11...bxc5 could have been tried in the game. 11...Ba6? was a bad exchange that left black weak on the light squares. I made this mistake several times myself. White is arguably weak on the light squares too but since he is the one with the initiative, black has no chance at least in this game to exploit it.
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  ToTheDeath: Very perceptive comments, Benjamin. I think the the ...e5 plan is almost mandatory in this kind of position. Black played Ba6 to get rid of the "bad" bishop, but sometimes bad bishops defend good squares!
May-06-04  Benjamin Lau: Thanks ToTheDeath. 11...Ba6? probably also had the intention of gaining a tempo with 12...Rxa6 (now ...Qa8, seizing the a file if it opens, is possible) but after Korchnoi's 13. b5! cxb5 14. c6, the rook is put out of play and has to sheepishly retreat back with 19...Ra8. I hope PP will see this game, it's a nice example of how Korchnoi has not totally lost it just yet.
May-06-04  f1list: shouldn't black have played 25 ..Nxc6 ? then probably 26. NxB PxN 27. RxP not a good position, but better than the exchange it seems... what am i missing?
May-06-04  Benjamin Lau: I think you probably set up the board wrong. Probably you clicked on 25...Nb8, when 26...Nxc6 is finally possible. ...Nxc6 is not possible on move 25 itself, it seems you gave Golod an extra tempo. ;-)
Sep-19-04  f1list: Oh right, of course :-)
if only we could move twice when it is convenient.
Sep-19-04  Hanada: Can some one explain Korchnoi's 21) e4 to me?
Sep-19-04  clocked: <Hanada> the point is to pressure e6 with Qb3 after dxe4, whether or not this is good or if 21...g5 refutes the idea, well it is after all Rapid chess.
Sep-19-04  Hanada: Thanx clocked, I see it now. I like the way Korchnoi plays but for the life of me I have trouble understand his games sometimes.

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