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Bogdan Lalic vs Viktor Korchnoi
Goodricke Open (2000), Calcutta IND, rd 3, Feb-08
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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  diagonal: Vic playing the French 2000 with fifty years experience :)

Korchnoi included this games in his 100 "best games with black" collection.

<25. Rf3?>
Swiss fellow Yannick Pelletier pointed out, that <25. Ke2!> could generate some defensive resources for white to hold the balance (still with advantages for black) - but this seems to be a move rather for engines than for human beings during a game under time limits and no one to define <that> position as a crucial point in advance.

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  plang: 8 a3 is a rarely played sideline that avoids the mainline theory of 8 Qd2 although Lalic never played the logical b4 follow-up.

Korchnoi's comment on rejecting the repetition with 14..Qc7: "Declined! White will perhaps have an edge, but chess is not only a game - it is a battle of characters!."

White's best chance was to give up a pawn with 23 0-0-0..Bxa3+ 24 Kb1..Be4 with some advantage for Black. As mentioned above 25 Ke2 was suggested as an alternative which maintains material equality though after 25..Bg4+ 26 Kd3..Bxd4 27 cxd..Bf5+ 28 Ke2..Qe7 Black's position looks awfully strong. 43 Rd1? lost quickly; 43 Ke3 or 43 h5+ would have been tougher defenses though Black would have likely won eventually.

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