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Viktor Korchnoi vs Lajos Portisch
Candidates Match (1983), Bad Kissingen FRG, rd 1, Mar-26
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queens Indian Formation (A17)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-01-08  Ulhumbrus: One question is whether Black can draw by 53...Kxf2 instead of 53..Rxg5
Feb-08-08  LivBlockade: No - White would have 54. Rf6 pinning Black's rook, when of course 54...Rxf6 gxf6 wins easily.
Nov-30-16  offramp: The first game of the Candidates' Quarterfinal, played on 26th March 1983. I believe that at the time Korchnoi was rated 2600 and Portisch 2620; but VK was 3-0 up after 4 games!

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At move 25 Portisch as Black enjoys both tripled and doubled pawns.

Here is an interesting interlude:

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38. Re4+ Kf7
Black's king must stay close to the ♙g6, in case White plays Rg4.
39. Kd1 Kf6 40.Ke2 Kf7 41. Rf4+ Ke8 42. Kd1 Ke7 43. Rc4

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Now White is winning.
What a master was Korchnoi!

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