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Viktor Korchnoi vs Miroslav Filip
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 6, May-10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  1-0



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Jun-08-11  YoGoSuN: Did Black really play 57. Qg6?? And did White really play 58. Qd8?? I think the score is wrong. 57. Kg6 makes a lot more sense.
Feb-23-14  zydeco: 86.Qg2! ruins Filip's chances for a perpetual check. If 86.....Qxd4 87.Qg6#. If 86.....Qxf5 87.Rh4#.
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  Sargon: <<YoGoSuN> Did Black really play 57. Qg6?? And did White really play 58. Qd8?? I think the score is wrong. 57. Kg6 makes a lot more sense.>

If Black played 57...Kg6, that makes Black's move 58...Qf6 illegal because Black's Queen is already on that square. If anybody can suggest moves which don't render other moves illegal, CG can make the correction.

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  dernier loup de T: Maybe 57...Kg6 58.Qd8 Kh7 59. Re5 Kg6 was the played sequence? We would reach then the same position but after more plausible moves...
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  dernier loup de T: Correction, sorry, Sargon: it would be 57...Kg6 58.Qd8 Kg7 (not ...Kh7) 59.Re5 Kh7...
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  dernier loup de T: After 86. Qg2!, its really a masterpiece of engame by Kortchnoy, more convincing than the famous 31th game of his first world-championship match against Karpov (1978)....
Dec-04-15  RookFile: Korchnoi didn't exactly refute the Cambridge Springs defense with his opening play. Filip had a good position out of the opening.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <YoGoSuN: Did Black really play 57. […] Qg6?? And did White really play 58. Qd8?? I think the score is wrong. 57. […] Kg6 makes a lot more sense.>

One possibility is that these moves are correct but there is an error at White’s 57th move. If White actually played 57. Qd3, then 57. … Qg6 and 58. Qd8 make perfect sense.

ChessBase Mega Database 2019 gives 57. Qd6 (as in the CG database), but 57. Qd3 is given by Jan Timman in <Curaçao 1962: The Battle of Minds that Shook the Chess World>, New in Chess ©2005 at page 62.

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  Peligroso Patzer: This is a fantastic major piece endgame beautifully exemplifying tenacity and patience on the part of Kortchnoi through two adjournments (after moves 40 and 89). There are not a lot of flashy tactics, but some interesting subtleties, such as the mate threat (perhaps "subtlety", as above, is the wrong word) that prevents Black from taking the rook after 86. Qg2.

Timman says of this game: “It is a characteristic game for [Kortchnoi]: he clings fanatically to a tiny advantage that he eventually manages to convert to a win.” <op. cit.> - see previous post, at page 62.

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