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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Viktor Korchnoi
SWIFT Tournament 2nd (1987), Brussels BEL, rd 8, Apr-20
Italian Game: Bird's Attack (C53)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-07  Jim Bartle: Gutsy combination starting with 38. f5.
Feb-12-17  zanzibar: Apparently 17...Kh8 is weak in comparison to 17...f5. Black is under too much pressure and must force a retreat or exchange.

The move 17...f5 does require a lot of bravery, as the king must step up in his own defense:

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r2qr1k1 /1pp2ppp/1b2n1n1/pP2p3/P3N3/BBPP2P1/5P1P/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 17

<17...f5 18.Bxe6+ Rxe6 19.Qb3 Kf7 20.Nc5 Bxc5 21.Bxc5 b6 22.Ba3>

and Black is fine.


<( 20.Nd2 Qxd3 21.Rad1 Qe2 22.c4 Rd8 23.c5 Rxd2 24.cxb6 cxb6 25.Rxd2 Qxd2 )>

with equality.

Feb-12-17  zanzibar: Time trouble certainly must have played a role, Black would have at least material equality after:

(If 39...Qf2+ were played)

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5b1k /6pn/1p2Qp1p/pB3P2/P2p3P/6P1/5q1K/3R4 w - - 0 40

< 39...Qf2+ 40.Kh3 Bd6! 41.Qxd6 Qxf5+ 42.g4 Qf3+ 43.Qg3 Qxd1 44.Qb8+ Nf8 45.Qxf8+ Kh7 46.Qa8 Qb3+ 47.Kh2 Qe3 48.Qg2 d3>

(I'm not saying it's a draw, but at least it would be less suffering and Black could do something besides shuffle his king back and forth waiting for the end)

Zugging while waiting for the White king to zwang!

Feb-12-17  Twocolors: Zanzibar, without checking your proposal 17..f5 with an enigine, I would hesitate to recommend it. After 18.Ng5 Ngf8 (what else?) 19.Qh5 (eyeing both h7 and f7) and only thereafter 20.Bxe6 grants white a lovely attack...
Feb-12-17  zanzibar: <Twocolors> 18.Ng5 Qxg5.

But if Black retreats with 18...Ngf8 then yes, he's lost.

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