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Robert Graham Wade vs Viktor Korchnoi
Buenos Aires (1960), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 10, Jul-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Modern Gambit (D06)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: I answered this one! I looked at king manoevers on the right wing-then I went for the sacrificial breakthrough on the queenside-which of course,wins. a5,b6,d6 are the three moves that will fast achieve a queen-black's pawns are too far back and the king is far from the "square" of any of the awns in question. Order IS important: after 38 a5 bxa5 39 d6?? would be a fatal error.
Dec-05-06  Stonewaller2: So ... h5-4 is Black's big mistake, punished by White's simplification and 34. ♔f3! What if anything was the matter with 24. ... ♖xf3 - ? And one more pointless question, why is this a QGD instead of a QGA after 2. ... dc - ?
Dec-05-06  vibes43: <JustAFish: Oops. I was looking for some sort of Zugzwang situation. The correct line was so much simpler than the crazy tempo feinting that I was puzzling through that I'm embarrased...> Me too. I thought white was outgunned on the left. I'll never forget that term "half passed pawn" d5. Great puzzle.
Dec-05-06  twin phoenix: isn't black winning after 32.....QxQ? why move the Q to f6 instead? (32...QxQ 33. dXQ, K-f6 34. white moves, KX Pawn?)
Dec-05-06  sfm: <isn't black winning after 32.....QxQ?> Nope, as White runs to g4 with his king and eats everything. Black is lost. Curiously, 32-,Qf6 33.Qxf6!! didn't help. Very fine play by Wade, who must have calculated the variations given by Azaris below. Especially 35.-,b5 looks like a smart defence, but as shown, it does not work.
Dec-05-06  flott: JustaFish and vibes43: I was looking for some sort of Zugzwang situation, too. And I found: 38. h3, Kg5 39. Ke3, Kf6 40. Ke2, Kg5 41. Kf3, Kf6 42. Kg4. Not as nice as the text move, but still a clear win for white. Note the characteristic trinangular movement of the white king.
Dec-05-06  argishti: 34. b5 would have saved the game for black very easily. Kg5?? there is no way he can develop on the king side for sure.
Dec-05-06  jackmandoo: I was totally baffled when I logged on today and saw the puzzle of the day. I couldn't make any sense of it at all whatsoever. It took me a few minuites and then I finally noticed that it wasn't a chess puzzle I was analyzing, but a forest green colored trench coat with navy trimming! I had changed homepages the night before from "Chessgames" to the L.L. Bean web site! Oh what a Hoot!
Dec-05-06  Karpova: took me a second to find a5 (ok, exaggerating - two seconds)
Dec-05-06  fgh: Very easy, and yet so nice (sweeping as ice).
Dec-05-06  cade: Korchnoi should have played 35...b5 and then 36...b6
Dec-05-06  cjhasbrouck: Pawn endings all week huh?

I'm so clueless...

Failed both monday and today, so there's definitely no chance I'll get wednesday or later.

You win, Chessgames :(

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  Richard Taylor: I solve all these puzzles (even the 20 movers) almost instantly but I dont like boasting about that.
Dec-05-06  GannonKnight: I'm trying to improve my weakness at K&P endings. Happy to say that I got it!

How do I find out what the Monday puzzle was?

Dec-06-06  vibes43: <flott:I found: 38. h3, Kg5 39. Ke3, Kf6 40. Ke2, Kg5 41. Kf3, Kf6 42. Kg4. Not as nice as the text move, but still a clear win for white.> But what if: 38. h3, g5
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  Richard Taylor: <GannonKnight> I think you have to be Premium Member and you can go then to the members area where they have a tactics archive of all the problems going back to - about 2002 or maybe more.
Jul-09-07  Fast Gun: Ray Keene writing recently in his Times chess column featured the position from move 38 as spot the winning move: Wade's 38 a5! was very subtle and well spotted, however unless I have missed something, why did Korchnoi not exchange queens on move 32? For example
32. Qe6 Qxe6
33. dxe Kf6
Does this not win the e-pawn, or have I missed something?
Nov-23-07  newzild: No, exchanging queens does not win a pawn. White marches his king to g4.
Aug-14-08  yxcvbnm: i might err, but shouldn`t "queeens-gambit-declined" mean that korchnoi does NOT take the c-pawn on move two?
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  Benzol: This is one of Bob Wade's games I particularly like. In this tournament Korchnoi finished in joint 1st place with Reshevsky against a strong field that included Szabo, Evans, Taimanov, Unzicker, Olafsson, Gligoric, Uhlmann, Benko, Ivkov and Fischer. He only lost two games, one to Rosetto and this one.
Jan-25-10  sfm: <yxcvbnm: i might err, but shouldn`t "queeens-gambit-declined" mean that korchnoi does NOT take the c-pawn on move two?> It's a trick from - they want to see if we are paying attention. Let me see... 3 pages of kibitzing, and only one saw it. Oh my... 8(
Jan-01-11  charliechaffka: I don't know whose side I'd be on. There are both noble guys that inspired me. It's not in the winning it's in the taking part. When Tom, my brother and I started chess we were just 9 and 7 but having an American father inspired us to start to learn in 1972. We were soon remarkably good, belonging to Short's fresh and eager generation. I wrote a 'history of chess' as a school project discovering it's Indian origins and why we say 'Checkmate' from the Sanskrit word for chess; and as Bobby Fischer had sadly faded off the scene as quickly as he'd risen we looked for new sources of inspiration and found it in the brave Victor Korchnoi who we rooted for at Baguio, knowing his aide Michael Stean who lived round the corner. We also knew just how unfair the contest was as he had defected from Russia with Victor's wife and son still trapped there. For all people say about Fischer his brutality when dealing with the Russians was the only way to deal with what I think in pyschological terms is called a superiority complex. To reach 5-5 against Karpov with Stean's warm friendship was remarkable and we were in awe of his strength - a characteristic that Stean still attested when I met him recently. When he lost I wrote a postcard and to my enormous and undying joy he replied with a signed photograph of himself and the words on the back 'Thanks for the kind words of consolation!'Beautiful man. My teacher was equally impressed and I was accepted at the school I wanted as much I think for my chess fervour or fever as anything else. I later also wrote to Karpov telling him of my project asking for a signed photograph and he never replied - I think saying just as much about that man. In 'Fischer goes to War' it is mentinoed that Karpov was the 'model Soviet' citizen 'whose hobbies were chess, stamp collecting and Marxism'; No question who I think is the greater
Aug-24-11  nummerzwei: The unplayed 36...b5! is one of the most famous positional pawn sacrifices in the history of the endgame.

In fact, after 37.axb5 b6 38.h3 g5 39.Kg2 g4 40.f4, Skembris suggestion of 40...g3 isn't even necessary in view of 40...gxf3+ 41.Kxf3 Kg5, with a simple draw: White cannot penetrate through g4, and in the event of d6, Black's king will be in time even if it starts on h5.

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  Penguincw: Nice trick on the queenside!
Mar-13-14  Caissanist: Haha, this kind of thing is one of the reasons I don't like to play 1. d4; there are so many transpositions that it can be hard to know what opening you're playing. The position after move 3 is in fact a common line of the Queen's Gambit Declined, though of course the usual order of moves is 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 dxc4.
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