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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 3, Jul-22
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-24-05  mcgee: Larsen gives 24 fxg6 as the best opportunity to play for a win, suggesting that Rg3 and Re5 are not enough and that White should end up with the better endgame.
Jul-05-06  who: His notes on this game are quite atrocious. For instance he gives 21.f5 Nxf5 22.Bxf5 gxf5 23.Rh3 f6? 24.Qh6 Ra7 25.Qxf6?? (25.Rg3+! is mate in 3) as equal.
Apr-09-08  Knight13: 21...Qxb2 must be bad, puts the queen out of the game and gives White the b-file. It also wastes time since White's going to blow up the Kingside any moment with f5! (weakens e6 too) and Black wouldn't be comfortable.
Apr-09-08  euripides: <knight> Your positional reasoning seems right. After <21...Qxb2> 22.Rb1 Qxa3 the queen's position also generates some concrete tactical possibilities which Karpov would have had to consider if he had wanted to play the move, though it's possible Black can escape.

For instance 23.Nb5 Qa2 24.Ra3 Qxb1+ ! (24...Qc4 25.Bd3 wins the queen and 25....Bxb5 26.Bxc4 Bxc4 27.Qb4 Bb3 28.Rc1 doesn't give him enough (but not 28.Rbxb3 axb3 29.Rxa8 Rxa8 30.Qxe7 Ra1+ 31.Kg2 b2)) 25.Bxb1 Bxb5 may be OK for Black.

23.Ne4 is also interesting but can be met by 23...dxe4 (not Qxe3 24.Nf6+ Kg7 25.Qxe3 Kxf6 26.Qe5 mate, but 23...Qa2 is possible) 24.Rxa3 e3+ 25.Qg2 Bxg2+ 26.Kxg2 and Black is fine.

Dec-29-08  PugnaciousPawn: How many times did these two draw???? Seems like every Karpov/Korchnoi game I've ever looked at ends in a draw. These guys were very evenly matched.

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