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Viktor Korchnoi vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1973), Moscow URS, rd 8, Oct-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: After 47.Rc7 the game is over. Korchnoi's play here was very simple and very powerful.
Feb-21-09  outsider: why 47. Rc7? Easier 47. Qf6 Kf8 48. Rc8 Re8 49. Qh8 Ke7 50. Qe8, etc.
Jan-03-12  M.D. Wilson: 47. Qf6 at first glance. Looks like it wins. Apparently simple play by Korchnoi.
Apr-07-12  King Death: Korchnoi hardly ever played 1.e4 in his career at the super GM level (except against Portisch) so this was a surprise. Here he gets a small edge in the old Chigorin line and plays like....Smyslov.
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  Chessdreamer: As far as I can figure out the present gamescore (46..Qb4 1-0) is wrong and should replaced by <46..Re5 47.Qf6+ Kh6 48.b7 Qd5+ 49.Qf3 Qb5 50.Qf4+ Kg7 51.Rb6 1-0>.
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  perfidious: <chessdreamer> So it is, per other sources-a correction will be submitted straight away.
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  Retireborn: After 22...Qb6 23.Be3! White seizes the initiative and the Black position becomes bad surprisingly quickly.
Sep-27-18  gokusano: Clever play by Viktor the terrible. The pawn march is unstoppable.

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