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Boris Spassky vs Viktor Korchnoi
Active Chess Match (1999) (quick), St Petersburg RUS, rd 7, Mar-31
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bogoljubow Variation (C33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-28-05  calman543: Why didn't black play 34. - Nxb3 35. cxb3 Qxb3 ?
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  Everett: <calman543: Why didn't black play 34. - Nxb3 35. cxb3 Qxb3 ?>

Probably because it brings the queen away from the defense of the black king.

Funny how the black knight and white bishop stare at each other from afar while everything is happening away from them.

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  beatgiant: I see a drawish result after 34...Nxb3 35. cxb3 Qxb3 36. Qd2 (pressurizing the h6 pawn) Kh7 37. Qd3 Qc4 38. Qc2 Kh8 39. Qd2, and Black probably has nothing better than to repeat with 39...Kh7.

After the game's 34...Qe7, the kingside is well defended (e.g. 35. Qg3 Rg8) and it looks like Black may have a slight advantage, but a draw is still a reasonable result.

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