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Florin Gheorghiu vs Viktor Korchnoi
Palma de Mallorca (1968), Palma ESP, rd 12, Dec-07
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  0-1



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May-28-05  Caissanist: Could Korchnoi really have calculated 19 moves ahead when he played 20..b5? It's hard for me to believe that a human mind can do that. Yet if you take a look at any position before 39 .. Rxg3+ it seems like black is getting slaughtered, at least until you calculate it out.
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  beatgiant: <Caissanist>
I think Black was getting slaughtered.

What if White plays 35. b4! instead of the game line? If 35. b4 Nxb4 36. Nxb4 Rxb4 37. Rd8 wins immediately (e.g. 37...Qb6 38. Rxf8+ Kxf8 39. Rd8+), and otherwise White simply keeps advancing the queenside passers while still keeping much more active pieces.

May-30-05  Caissanist: bg - thanks, your analysis is quite convincing. I wonder what on earth Korchnoi was thinking when he embarked on the combination beginning with 20..b5. I sort of assumed that he knew what he was doing, I guess that was a wrong assumption.
Sep-11-21  Murky: If White plays 35. b4 Black's reply is 35...Qe5, and after 36 Qxe5 Nxe5 White is only slightly better. White's 2 Qside pawns do not roll forward so easily. Korchnoi was not "getting slaughtered" as was suggested in an earlier post.
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  fredthebear: Stockfish indicates 35.R1d6? was a case of the wrong rook. White collects three pawns and a knight for the rook sacrifice 36.Rxf7, but leaves Black a massive counterattack.


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