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Viktor Korchnoi vs Nikola Karaklajic
Hoogovens (1968), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-16
Hungarian Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A00)  ·  1-0



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Mar-21-15  zydeco: I was staring for awhile at the position on move 28, trying to figure out what happens if black takes the rook with 28....Qxa2.

I think the solution is 29.Qxd3+. Then if black's king goes to h8 or g8, white plays 30.Qd8+, picks up the rook with check and wins easily.

If 29....Kg7, white plays 30.gxh6+. If the king goes to the first rank, then 31.Qd8 again. If 30....Kf7 31.Qh7+ picks up the rook and the passed h-pawn wins after 31.....Kf6 32.Qxc7 Qxd2 33.h7 Qxe2+ 34.Kh3 Qf1+ 35.Kg4.

If 30.....Kf6 31.Bc3+. If 31.....Kf7 32.Qh7+; if 31....Ke7 32.h7 and the pawn promotes; if 31....e5 32.Qd6+ Qe6 33.Bxe5+ Kf7 34.Qxc7+.; if 31....Rxc3 32.Qxc3+ Ke7 (or 32....e5 33.Qc6+) 33.h7 Qxe2+ 34.Kh3 Qf1+ 35.Kg4.

The overall point is that the knight (and, in some lines, the rook) can't prevent the h-pawn from queening; and black's queen can't force perpeutal check. But there are a lot of alternatives for black so there may be holes in my analysis.

The game continuation is a smooth win for Korchnoi.

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