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Viktor Korchnoi vs Jan Timman
KRO Match (1982), Hilversum NED, rd 3, Dec-08
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  1-0



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Sep-07-12  HOTDOG: Mednis suggested 32...Qb8! with counterplay although White is better, instead exchanging Queens leads to a clear loss
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  beatgiant: Was 29. g3 really necessary? How about e.g. 29. Qb4 instead?
Sep-07-12  SChesshevsky: <beatgiant: Was 29. g3 really necessary? How about e.g. 29. Qb4 instead?>

White probably can't let ...h4 before g3 because he doesn't want to have to give up the f-file pawn and allow Black e-pawn to be passed.

29. Qb4 might be good if Black exchanges but maybe it allows d3 as a nice spot for the Black Q putting pressure on g3 and h3.

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  beatgiant: <SChesshevsky>
<White probably can't let ...h4> But in the game, ...h4 breaks the kingside and allows the counterplay suggested by <HOTDOG> above.

29. Qb4 Qd3 30. Rb3 chases the queen from its nice spot, and White has Qc5 coming up soon. This looks similar to the actual game, only without weakening White's kingside. Hence back to my original question, <was g3 really necessary>.

Sep-15-12  SChesshevsky: <beatgiant But in the game, ...h4 breaks the kingside and allows the counterplay.>

I'm not sure ...h4 breaks Whites kingside much. A key for White is maintaining the f-pawn so Black needs a lot of time to create a passed pawn rather than get one with ...hxg3 fxg3. Without g3 white ends up always having to watch f2 with a piece or worse the King which loses a tempo on the back rank if a piece isn't there.

The opening of the g-file is actually not that bad as it allows the King to get off the back rank and protect the f and h pawn and allows White the mobility of offense rather than defense of the f-pawn with pieces.

It might not be necessary but g3 seems to reduce pressure on the key f-pawn and free up the White pieces and I'm not sure any resulting counterplay would amount to much given the need for restraining the passed pawn.

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  whiteshark: Holy smoke - c'mon baby light my fire - a pre-game related picture:
Jul-02-15  SpiritedReposte: Korchnoi sure knows how to convert rook endgames.
Jul-02-15  RookFile: Hotdog's comment from 2012 is exactly right. Black needed to keep the queens on.
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  perfidious: It is surprising that such a strong GM as Timman did not understand that the rook endgame was very bad for him. It is just possible that he saw lines where the queens stayed on the board which appeared unsafe for his king's well-being, so opted for what he regarded as the less unpleasant way towards the drawing haven.

This is an example of a position in which human understanding is of greater use than a computer evaluation; the strong player will, generally speaking, know that entering the rook ending is unpalatable, so that he must keep queens on.

Apr-12-20  jabinjikanza: Cool ending

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