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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 15, Aug-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-27-04  morphyvsfischer: chessgames.com, this looks like a Closed Catalan to me.
Apr-09-08  Knight13: 7...Nc6 is crazy. Karpov deserves his name to be after this opening move!

8. Bxc6 is crazy too. Give up good bishop for stupid knight. 8. Nxc6 is better, and who wouldn't agree? Only Grandmasters I bet.

Aug-29-12  bobbylee: Not the first time Korchnoi had played this way. Look at the first game of his 1977 Candidates Quarterfinal against Petrosian.
May-22-14
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  plang: <Knight13: 7...Nc6 is crazy. Karpov deserves his name to be after this opening move!

8. Bxc6 is crazy too. Give up good bishop for stupid knight. 8. Nxc6 is better, and who wouldn't agree? Only Grandmasters I bet.>

This is the first game where the gambit 7..Nc6 was played. The alternative 7..c5 gives White the opportunity to play for a win without risk. White usually accepts by playing 8 Bxc6 as after 8 Nxc6..bxc 9 Bxc6..Rb8 10 0-0..Nd5 Black is close to a sterile equality.

May-22-14  NeoIndian: Hello, Bxc6 may not be bad, because Black's destroyed pawn structure, open files etc. leads to complex, dynamic play. As an amateur, for example, after 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 I find c5!? to be extremely unpleasant, because the direct 4.dc Bxc3 bxc3 is a total mess, and I don't care whether White has an advantage or not. So 4.Nf3, and here theory says "Black has nothing better than cd"; but after 4...Nc3 or Qa5, I sometimes get tangled up! And after all, it is very difficult to judge Karpov or Korchnoi's strategy and positional ideas based on simple principles rather than concrete evaluation of the position. I mention this because I myself find complex, non-standard pawn structures very difficult to understand and play.

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