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Igor Aleksandrovich Kopylov vs Sergey Ivanovich Korolev
Dobrovolsky Memorial (1981) (correspondence), RUS
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Advance Variation (B29)  ·  1-0



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Oct-29-07  Ryan Razo: Kopylov's game look messy, but it is commendable how he was ale to sacrifice his ability to castle in exchange for activity in the kingside. The move 8...d5 was just the start of Koroliov's downfall, as it allowed the posting of a White Pawn on d6.
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  GrahamClayton: Black could have survived with 21..♔d7, eg 22.♘d6 ♕d6 23.♕g3 ♕g3 24.fg3 ♔d6 25.♗g2 ♖b8.
Apr-24-12  qqdos: From 21...Kc7 just watch the Black King's fancy footwork weaving (or is it being shepherded?) down the left flank of the board! A classic King Hunt featured in Nunn/Cozens book The King Hunt, p.136 and The World's Great Chess Games, p.417. Don't miss it! I think Black should be spelt Korolev, a correspondence GM with "vast experience" playing the Black side of this (B29) defence "as he never lost a single game" - source <Grigory Bogdanovich 2009>.
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  MKD: Can some one please explain the logic behind 11.g4. Will be very grateful.
Jul-05-18  ChessHigherCat: <MKD: Can some one please explain the logic behind 11.g4> It's kind of a cheapo trap because if 11...Bxg4 12. Qxb7 attacking the rook and knight on c6 simultaneously, and black has nothing better than Qb6 13. Qxa8. On the other hand, if black is not stupid enough to take the pawn, black gets a slight advantage:

1) -0.19 (19 ply) 11...Qd8 12.d4 Bxd6 13.Nxd6+ Qxd6 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 16.Qe3 Qxe3+ 17.Bxe3 Bxg4 18.Rg1 Bf5 19.Rd1 O-O

Maybe the idea was just to be able to fianchetto the bishop on g2 and g4 seemed better than g3 for some reason.

Jul-05-18  dumbgai: This should be game of the day, if just for the ending.
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  MKD: <ChessHigherCat>: Thank you so much. I really appreciate.
Aug-27-18  qqdos: Reviewing my earlier quote about Korolev, he also seems to have had extensive experience of losing on the black side of this opening - as this and 5 other games listed testify. He certainly did win many games as black and I salute him for perseverance against the odds.
Dec-02-18  micahtuhy: This game is featured in "The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games" as game 75. It's listed in the book under names spelled slightly differently and it's listed as a Correspondence Game from the USSR Correspondence Championship from 1981-83

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