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Viktor Korchnoi vs Lev Polugaevsky
USSR Championship (1963), Leningrad URS, rd 14, Dec-16
English Opening: King's English. Taimanov Variation (A25)  ·  1-0



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  sackman: 22 bxc3! It looks unnatural to give himself doubled isolated pawns but this keeps the knight on e4. Black is surprisingly helpless against white's plan of h3 - g4 - g5. Very instructive!
Aug-06-11  madhatter5: another point of 22. bxc3!: black's pawns have a harder time rolling down the board
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  Fusilli: <sackman> Not long ago I read a comment by Kamsky on a game he had just played against Nakamura. Kamsky had voluntarily messed up his pawn structure, but he explained that he didn't see any way Nakamura could exploit it. The game was drawn. From then on I've been rethinking the issue of weaknesses... a weakness is not a weakness if it can't be exploited. In this case, Korchnoi pictured that his knight would become extremely dangerous after pushing his g-pawn to g5. That required foresight, but, hey, he was a world champion contender!

I was intrigued by the opening. Korchnoi seemed to be delaying O-O and I was wondering if it would have been dangerous to castle on move 7, 8 or 9. Polugaevsky's 9...h5 and Korchnoi's cool reply (10.Ng1!?) suggest it would have. Great strategic game by Korchnoi.

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