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Viktor Korchnoi vs Marc Santo-Roman
Las Palmas (1991), Las Palmas ESP, rd 8, Dec-??
Dutch Defense: General (A80)  ·  1-0



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Jun-09-12  Nova: Before Black's blunder with 29...Bf7??, I was looking at what happens if 29...Bxe4. I was quickly looking for mates with Rg1 trying to reach g8, but Bh7 seemed to hold. And if Rh1, then Be4 and the Bf6 holds the h8 square. But as I looked more at the position, the extra pawn for black seems useless, since the black king is stuck at e8 and the rook cannot leave d8 because if, for example, Rb8 then Bf5! where white threatens the black's light squared bishop and Rg8+ to win the rook. So, if black were to take, white could just shift his rook to g1, forcing the bishop to h7, then work his queenside pawns to find a breakthrough. Black would have to sit tight and wait to see if Korchnoi can find a win.

I'm not sure if white can force a win with best play, but I am amazed at how Korchnoi could create this position where white has all the chances to win, and black can only hope for a draw. Brilliant!!

Jan-01-13  OrigamiArtist: Is this really a Korchnoi game? The whole game is utterly awful especially the random piece hanging 19.Nxe4. Probably this game has been wrongly attributed and should possibly be removed...
Jan-01-13  Nerwal: Well things make much more sense with 18. fxe4 ♘xe4 instead of 18. fxg4 ♘xg4 (the game going the same way after this). Maybe it was just a typo.

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