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Sergey Erenburg vs Viktor Korchnoi
Beer Shiva Rapid (2004) (rapid), Israel, rd 7, Apr-20
French Defense: Advance. Lputian Variation (C02)  ·  0-1

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May-06-04  seoulmama: What a great game. White took a remarkable risk by playing his bishop to a6. Sure, it supports the passer, but leaves the K without valuable protection.
May-06-04  f1list: 37. b6 seems like a miscalculation. I wonder how much time Sergey had left when he played that.
Aug-15-17
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  fredthebear: Perhaps 22...Kh8 turned out to be the game-saving move. Who makes such a move with both rooks on the back rank and the center seemingly closed up tight? White's position is preferable at this point.

As it turns out, the centralized Black bishops were more useful than their counterparts on the edge. White's decision not to capture the pawn 24.Bxc4 shaped the middle game. 26.Rc7 had to be tempting. It seems Korchnoi wanted White to play 28.Qxc4.

<f1list: 37. b6 seems like a miscalculation. I wonder how much time Sergey had left when he played that.>

I agree that 37.b6? is an error. 36.Bb2 is not so good either. By that point, White is in trouble with three minor pieces on the edge of the board. It certainly seems White fell into time trouble because the game turns into give-away at the end.

Aug-15-17
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  fredthebear: This is a rapid game.

Korchnoi had played tournament chess for 59 years up to this point! What a tremendous positional sense he had.

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