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Viktor Korchnoi vs Sergey Dolmatov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 2, Aug-03
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Warsaw Variation (A88)  ·  1-0



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Mar-28-04  refutor: impressive victory by korchnoi
Jun-11-05  Albertan: The program Junior 9 preferred to play 12..Bd7 and after 13.d5 cxd5 14.Nxd5 Ncxd5 cxd5
Jun-11-05  Albertan: Dolmatov could have tried the interesting pawn sacrifice 12...f4!? and after 13.gxf4 Bg4 14.d5 cxd5 15.Nxd5 Ncxd5 16.cxd5 Rc8!? 17.Qxa7 Rc2 he has some compensation for the pawns.
Jun-11-05  Albertan: I wonder if Dolamatov considered playing 16...e4!? instead of 16..Nc5. If he had played 16..e4!? then play might have continued: 17.bxa6 exf3 18.Bxf3 Rb8 19.Rd6 c5.
Jun-11-05  fgh: Interesting game :-)

<Albertan>: After 12. ... f4 13. gxf4 Bg4 I would prefer to play 14. e3, secure my position, and then try to get into a better endgame, being a pawn up. How would you defend against such plan?

Jun-11-05  Albertan: Hi fgh :) Yes Dutch games are always interesting and full of tactical ideas. fgh you make a good point about the move 14.e3. If you were to play 14.e3 in this position then I would probably continue by playing 14...Qd7 with the idea of taking out your light-squared bishop with the move 15...Bh3. Another idea I see is to play the move 14...Qf7
Jun-11-05  fgh: <Albertan>: After 14. ... Qd7, here is a nice idea I came up with: 15. Ne5!, which leads into interesting play. What do you think?
Jun-11-05  Albertan: fgh yes I agree your move 15.Ne5 does lead to interesting play. If Black then were to take the knight then after 15...dxe5 16.dxe5 Bxd1 17.Rxd1 Qg4 18.exf6 Bxf6 19.Qe5 I am not sure if White has compensation for the pawn.
Jun-11-05  fgh: In your line, instead of 19. Qa5, I believe white should play 19. f3! followed by 20. Ne4!. What would you play then?
Jun-11-05  Albertan: If you play 19.f3 then I would play 19...Qe6 and after 20.Ne4 I would play 20...Qxc4.
Sep-12-07  Whitehat1963: Here's what we're hoping for in our game with Timmerman, perhaps?
Oct-01-07  ajile: 11..Be6 or 12..Be6 probably challenges White more. This is the subject of analysis in the current World vs GMT game. 12..e5 is premature in this game opening the d file for White's rook and making it difficult for Black to defend after 14.Qa5
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  kingscrusher: I have done a video for this game here:-

Oct-07-07  ajile: Also 10..Nc7 stops all of White's antics. After

10..Nc7 (instead of Qe8)
11.b4? Be6

And now White not only has no target on a6 (Na6) but has to defend his c pawn also.


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Analysis by Fritz 9: (18 ply)

1. = (-0.14): 12...a6 13.e3 g5 14.Ne2 Qe8 15.Qa5 Rc8 16.Qb6 Qf7 17.Nc3 Bxc4 18.Nxc4 Qxc4 19.Bd2 Ne4

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  rinus: <ajile: Also 10..Nc7 stops all of White's antics.>

Don't understand this; why on earth would Korchnoi play <11.b4> after <10...Nc7> ?? It's beyond my imagination.

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Oct-09-07  RookFile: It was just an over the board game. The guy made a mistake.
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  plang: Played in the second round of the World Championship tournament; after winning this game Korchnoi lost the second but then won the quickplay playoff. He was then eliminated by Kramnik in the next round. 11 Qa3 with the idea of b4 and Bb2 was a new idea which has been repeated several times with success since this game. Dolmatov played the standard Leningrad break 12..e5? but got into immediate trouble; 12..Be6, 12..d5 and 12..b5 were alternatives.

Korchnoi after 14..Na6:
"The only move to avoid the immediate loss of a pawn. It is true that for the moment the knight stands badly but tose who play unhealthy openings such as the Dutch or the Kings Indian are accustomed to such discomforts..."

Korchnoi felt that 18..Qf7?! was too slow recommending playing for an immediate kingside attack with 18..f4 19 gxf..g5 20 Nd5..Nxd5 21 cxd..gxf 22 d6 whrn White is close to winning but has to be wary of Black tactics. 21..Qe7 would have been a tougher defense; after 21..Qc7? 22 Nb7 Dolmatov resigned though some might have played on a bit longer.

Aug-18-14  Lingard Goulding: Why does Black resign? I see no immediate threat for White; his Queen has been offside and out of action since move 8. Black needs to retract his white-squared bishop and then his game looks comfortable. Or am I blind?
Aug-18-14  Retireborn: <Lingard> After 22...Bg8 (or Bf7) 23.Nxc5 bxc5 24.Qxc5 White is just two pawns up.

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