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Viktor Korchnoi vs Giorgi Giorgadze
European Team Championship (1999), Batumi GEO, rd 9, Dec-07
Queen's Gambit Declined: Queen's Knight Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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  plang: 3..Bb4 is unusual; Korchnoi felt that 4 a3 is the only attempt to "refute" it. 8..Nf6 would have transposed into a variation of the Samisch Nimzo Indian that has scored very well for White. Instead Giorgadze played 8..Nge7 which enabled him to develop his queen bishop to f5 but at the cost of a less active kings knight. 14 Ng3 was played Vyzmanavin-Serper Novosibirsk 1993 (White won - not included in this database); 14 Rb1 was new but not an improvement as Korchnoi felt after the game that the quuens rook is better placed on e1. There was no reason to delay the queenside counterplay with 16..b6?; better was 16..Na5 17 Rb5..a6! 18 Rxa5..b6 19 Rxd5..Qxd5 20 e4 with an unclear position. Black needed to spend a tempo with 18..f6; after 18..Nb3? White's attack was very powerful. Korchnoi was critical of 21 Bxf8?; the game would have been close to winning after 21 e4..Ne6 22 Qf2..Qxa4 23 Be7. White needed to protect the d-pawn with 26 Rd1; his 26 Rfe1? allowed Black too much play. Giorgadze could have played 27..Nxd4 28 Qd2..Qf4 29 Rf1..Nb3 30 Rf1..Nb3 31 Rd4..Ne4 32 Nxe4..Rxe5 33 Rh3..Rxe4 34 Rxh7..Kg8 35 Rg7+..Kf8 36 Rxd5..Rf4 37 Rh7..Kg8 38 Rh3..Re8 39 Rf3..Rxf3 40 gxf..Rb8 with a draw, instead after 27..Qh4? 28 Ne2! White simplified to a very favorable endgame which White won impressively.

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