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Viktor Korchnoi vs Lela Javakhishvili
Banja Luka (2008), rd 2, Sep-30
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Accepted (A13)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-05-09  grasser: I don't speak Russian, but Korchnoi is acting as if he lost this game, no?

Dec-15-09  grasser: I said, I don't speak Russian, but Korchnoi is acting like he lost this game.
Dec-17-09  raychandler: To someone of Korchnoi's generation, being held to a draw by a mere slip of a girl would probably be seen as a loss, no?
Dec-17-09  ounos: "A slip of a girl"?

Anyway, it seems to me that 79. Kf5 is more dangerous, not sure if it wins. For one, the e4 trick is not there, and if Black gets f3 and White e5, then the two connected passers must win.

Dec-17-09  Valmy: She looks nervious before the game beguins. They had such a cold and quick handshake!
Feb-12-11  Adm1r: Sorry for my english. Korchnoi said: "In one moment you have won of course, but for this you should be able to play. Re4+ is right...then Rb4 and win"
Aug-26-11  Capabal: Natalia Pogonina gives a translation of what he said at the end:

"You were winning at a certain point... but to see that you should know how to play chess. How talentless, how talentless."

Jan-30-16  Smyslov57: If I am correct, and I checked on Shredder AFYER I had reached this conclusion myself, Korchnoi's advice to play ...Re4+ and then Rb4 actually loses for Black. There are only two places in the game where Lela could have played this succession of moves: at moves 71 and 72. If white plays Rxb4 and then ...Kxb4, white just moves Kc2 or Kc1 and it's over. Korchnoi wrote a book on rook endings; so I am still suspicious of my analysis as well as that of the silicon monster. Am I missing something?

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