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Lev Polugaevsky vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1977), …vian-les-Bains FRA, rd 2, Jul-04
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  0-1



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Nov-08-07  outsider: and nobody has commented on this game. 14...g5 is a phenomenal move. i saw this game in my childhood, and, after remembering some fragment, have been looking for it for half a year. and now i have found it!
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  GrahamClayton: 25...ef5! is an excellent move - Korchnoi eliminates his vulnerable e-pawn and ensures that he will have a Kingside majority. Polugaevsky now spent 11 minutes before playing 26.♘g2.

Polugaevsky resigned after the adjournment. He had sealed the move 41.♔e1, but Korchnoi would keep Polugaevsky confined with 41...♗c5.

Polugaevsky is almost in a zugzwang position, eg 41.♖d4 ♖b2 42.♗e1 ♖b3 43.♖g4 ♖b1 44.♖e4 ♗b4 45.♖e6 ♔f7 46.♖e3 ♔g6 47.♖eg+ ♔f5 48.♖e3 ♖e1+ 49.♖e1 ♗e1 50.♔e1 ♔e4 51.♔d2 ♔d4 with an easily won pawn endgame (Analysis by GM Robert Byrne)

May-14-11  SvetlanaBabe: 14...g5!! Pure "coffehouse".
Nov-16-15  Sacsacmate: Why not Qxe6+ on move 22....can't be bad after queen exchange....Can any one elucidate ?!
Nov-16-15  Retireborn: <Sacsacmate> My notes give 22.Qxe6+ Qxe6 23.Rxe6 Ne5! (exploiting the undefended Rd3) then 24.Rc3 Rxd4 wins a pawn, or 24.Rd1 Kf7 attacks the Re6, which has no retreat, so White has to give up the exchange.

The endgame is uncomfortable for White but he could probably still have drawn with 35.Re3! instead of 35.Bc3.

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