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Viktor Korchnoi vs Xie Jun
Veterans-Women (1999), Marbella ESP, rd 9, Oct-31
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-09  briccius: Wouldn´t it be a better choice to play ...f3 at some point?
Mar-30-10  echector: ...f3 would simply close up the kingside and leave black with no attack
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  plang: Korchnoi is probably the foremost authority on the 9 Ne1 line. One of his innovations was 13 Nb5 which is now one of the most popular lines. He also played 13 a4 on a number of occasions; on this occasion he played one of the older lines 13 b4. At the 1993 Biel Interzonal Ftacnik had played 16 a5 against Smirin and Black had gone on to win; Korchnoi played 16 c6 (which had been played once before in an obscure 1961 game that I doubt Korchnoi was familiar with). 21 g3 prevented ..g3 while restricting the mobility of Black's c8 bishop. Perhaps Black could have tried using the open h-file with 22..Bg5 intending ..Rf7, ..Qf8 and ..Qh6. 25..f3 26 Bd3..26..Nh3 was necessary; after 25..Nh3? Black position deteriorated. 38..Ra7 39 bxa..Rf7 40 a7 would have been winning for White. Korchnoi avoided the trap 42 Nxb6?..Bf4! which would have given Black dangerous counterplay. Korchnoi's 44 Be2! ended Black's attack as now 44..Qg3+ 45 Qxg3..fxg+ 46 Kg1..h2+ 47 Kg2..Bh3+ 48 Kxh3..g2 49 Kxh2 and White wins as the bishop covers f1.

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