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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Lichthof Chess Champions (2006), Zurich SUI, rd 5, Aug-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Normal Variation. Traditional System (D26)  ·  0-1

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Aug-23-06
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  tpstar: Great competitive game, and even more impressive considering it's blitz. Notice 20. Nf5 sets the trap 20 ... Qxb2?? 21. Nxd4 winning a piece, but I wonder if 21. h4!? was an intentional Pawn sacrifice to open lines, as White could have played 21. Nxd4 aiming for an even endgame. Similarly Black could have chosen 28 ... Bxd5 29. exd5 Qxd5 and now 30. Qf5 e4 trades Queens into another level ending, yet 28 ... Rf8 was safe and sound. White would have loved to interject the Zwischenzug 39. Rxf7+ before capturing the Bc4, however 38 ... Bxc4+ means the check takes priority, then 39 ... Rb7 and Black converted the endgame.

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