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Lautier, J. (2675) - Korchnoi, V. (2617) [E20]
GM Biel (9) 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3
Oleg Romanishin played this variation with success in seventies and eighties of the 20th century. For example, 4.g3 c5 5. Nf3 Ne4 6. Qd3 Qa5 7. Qxe4 Bxc3+ 8. Bd2 Bxd2+ 9. Nxd2 Nc6 10. d5 Nd4 11. Bg2 O-O 12. Qd3 exd5 13. Bxd5 d6 14. O-O Be6 15. Be4 h6 16. Nf3 Qb4 17. b3 f5 18. Nxd4 fxe4 19. Qxe4 Bh3 20. Qd5+ Kh8 21. Nb5 Bxf1 22. Rxf1 Rf6 23. e4 Rf3 24. Nxd6 Raf8 25. Nf5 Kh7 26. Qd6 Rf7 27. Qe6 Rf8 28. Qe7 Rg8 29. Nxh6 Rb8 30. Nf5 Qc3 31. Qh4+ Kg8 32. Qh5 Rd8 33. Ne7+ 1-0, Black resigned in Romanishin, O - Tal, M, Tallinn 1977.
5...cxd4
In the game Schipkov, B - Fedoruk, Y, Novosibirsk tt 1979 White obtained an advantage after 5...Ne4 6. Qd3 Qa5 7. Qxe4 Bxc3+ 8. Bd2 Bxd2+ 9. Nxd2 Qb6 10. dxc5! Qxb2 11. Rb1 Qxa2 12. Qd4 O-O 13. Qc3 Qa6 14. Bg2 d5 15. cxd5 exd5 16. Bxd5 Qg6 17. O-O Nc6 18. Bg2 Rd8 19. Nf3 Qh5 20. h4 h6 21. e3 Bf5 22. Rxb7.
6. Nxd4 Ne4 7. Qd3 Nc5
A rare continuation. Another try is 7...Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Nc5 9. Qf3 Nc6 10. Bf4 O-O 11. Rd1 Qa5 12. Bd6 Nxd4 13. Rxd4 b6 14. Qxa8 Qxc3+ 15. Rd2 Qa1+ with perpetual check 1/2-1/2, draw in Bacrot, E - Akopian, V, Enghien-les-Bains 2001. Interesting is 9. Qe3 b6 10. Bg2 Bb7 11. Bxb7 Nxb7 12. Qe4 Nc6 13. Nxc6 dxc6 14. Qxc6+ Qd7 15. Qxd7+ Kxd7 16. Ba3 Rhc8 17. O-O-O+ Ke8 18. Rd4 Rc7 19. Kc2 Rac8 20. Rhd1 Na5 21. c5 b5 22. Bb4 Nb7 23. c4! (A novelty in the endgame. Worse is 23. a4? bxa4 24. c6 Rxc6 25. Rd7 R8c7 26. Rxc7 Rxc7 with an edge to Black in Potapov, A - Pigusov, E, 54th ch-RUS, Elista 2001) 23...bxc4 24. Rg4 f5?! (better is 24...g6) 25. Rh4 h6 26. g4! Nxc5 27. gxf5 exf5 28. Rd5 Ne4 29. Rxf5 Nf6 30. Bc3, White had an advantage in Potapov, A - Dezelin, M, Aegean Open, Ikaros 2001 (1-0, 77).
8. Qe3 d5!?
A novelty. In the game Farago, I - Meduna, E, Halle 1978 (1-0, 61) Black played 8...Nc6 9. Bg2 Na4 10. O-O Bc5 11. Nxa4 Bxd4 12. Qa3 Qe7 13. Qxe7+ Kxe7 14. Rd1 Rd8 15. Bf4 e5 16. Bd2 d6 17. Bxc6 bxc6 18. Ba5 Bb6 19. Bxb6 axb6 20. Nxb6 Ra6 21. Nxc8+ Rxc8 22. Rd2, White had an extra pawn. Also bad is 9...Qf6 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Bd2 Ba6 12. O-O Nb7 13. Nd5 cxd5 14. Bxb4 Bxc4 15. Rac1 d4 16. Qa3 Bd5 17. Bxd5 exd5 18. Rc7 Qb6 19. Rfc1 f6 20. Rc8+ Kf7 21. Bf8 Rxc8 22. Qe7+ 1-0, Black resigned in Brynell, S - Furhoff, J, SWE-ch, Gothenburg 1990. If 8...O-O then 9. Nc2 Bxc3+ 10. Qxc3 d5 11. Bg2 dxc4 12. Qxc4 Nbd7 13. Be3 b5 14. Qd4 Bb7 15. Bxb7 Nxb7 16. O-O with only a small edge for White, Legde, G - Diez, G, Germany 1995.
9. Bg2 dxc4 10. O-O Ncd7!?
The move in the Korchnoi's style. He takes all sacrifices, if a position is unclear. Ater 10... O-O 11. Nc2 Qa5 12. Nxb4 Qxb4 13. Rd1 Bd7 14. a3 Qb6 15. Qf4 Rc8 16. Rb1 Bc6 17. Qxc4 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 Nbd7 19. Be3 Qc6+ 20. f3 White has a small advantage.
11. Nd5 Bc5








   
12. Nxe6!!
A beautiful blow.
12...fxe6
12... Bxe3? 13. Ndc7+ Ke7 14. Nxd8 Kxd8 15. Nxa8 losing at once.
13. Qxe6+ Be7
Interesting is 13... Kf8 14. Be3 Na6 15. Rad1 Qe8 16. Qf5+ Qf7 17. Qe4 Bd6 18. Qxc4 Ne5 19. Qb5 with compensation.
14. Bf3
Deserving attention is 14. Rd1!? Nc6 15. Bf4 Nde5 16. Nf6+ gxf6 17. Rxd8+ Nxd8 18. Qd5 Be6 19. Qa5 Nec6 20. Qb5 a6 21. Qb6 Rc8 with unclear game.
14...Nf8?!
Correct is 14... Nf6! 15. Nxf6+ Kf8 16. Nxh7+ Rxh7 17. Qxc4 Qd7 18. Bg2 Nc6 19. Bf4 Qg4 20. Rad1 Be6 21. Qb5 with slightly better chances to Black.
15. Qe5 Ne6
Weaker is 15... Ng6? 16. Qxg7 Rf8 17. Rd1 Rf7 18. Nf6+ Bxf6 19. Rxd8+ Bxd8 20. Qg8+ Nf8 21. Bh5 winning.
16. Bh5+ Kf8 17. Bh6! Kg8 18. Bg4 gxh6 19. Bxe6+ Bxe6 20. Qxe6+ Kf8 21. Rac1
More precise is 21. Qxh6+! Ke8 (21... Kg8 22. Qe6+ Kf8 23. Qe5 Kf7 24. Nc7 Nc6 25. Qh5+) 22. Qh5+ Kd7 23. Rfd1 winning.
21...Nc6 22. Qxh6+?!
Better was 22. Rxc4! Bg5 23. f4.
22...Kf7 23. Qh5+ Kg7 24. Qg4+ Bg5 25. Nf4 Ne5?
Stronger was 25... h5! 26. Ne6+ Kh6 27. Qxc4 Qg8 with only a small edge for White.








   
26. Ne6+?
Better is 26. Qxg5+! Qxg5 27. Ne6+ Kg6 28. Nxg5 Kxg5 29. f4+ with a clear advantage to White.
26...Kf6 27. Qh3 Qd7
Possible is 27... Qb6.
28. Nxg5 Kxg5 29. Qh4+ Kg6 30. Rfd1!
Unclear is 30. f4 Qd4+ 31. Rf2 (31. Kg2 Qd5+ 32. Kh3 Qd7+ 33. g4 Nf7 34. f5+ Kg7) 31... Nc6 32. f5+ (32. Rxc4 Qd1+ 33. Kg2 Qd5+ 34. Rf3 Rae8 35. f5+ Kf7) 32... Kf7 33. Qh5+ Kf8 34. Qh6+ Qg7 35. Qd6+ Qe7.
30...Qc6?!
Interesting is 30... Qc7!? 31. Qe4+ Kg7 32. f4 Qb6+ 33. Qd4 Qxd4+ 34. Rxd4 Nf7 35. Rdxc4 Rhd8 36. R1c2.
31. Qe7 Nf7 32. Rd4 Qf6 33. Qe4+
Better is 33. Rg4+! Ng5 34. Qxb7 Rab8 (34... Rhb8 35. Qd5 Rd8 36. Qxc4) 35. Qxa7 Ra8 36. Qb7 Rhb8 37. Qd5 winning.
33...Kg7 34. Rcxc4 Rhd8 35. Rxd8 Rxd8 36. Qxb7 Qe6 37. Rc7 Qxa2 38. b3 Qb1+ 39. Kg2 Qf5 40. e4 Qg6 41. Re7 a6 42. Qc7 Rd1?
Better is 42... Rd4! 43. Qc3 Qd6.
43. Qe5+
Winning at once. 43. Qe5+ Kh6 44. Qf4+ Kg7 45. Rxf7+ Qxf7 46. Qg4+ with 2 extra pawns.
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Lautier, Joel (2675) - Kortschnoj, Viktor (2617) [E20]
Biel GM/Biel (9) 2001

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Ne4 7. Qd3 Nc5 8. Qe3 d5 9. Bg2 dxc4 10. O-O Ncd7 11. Nd5 Bc5 12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. Qxe6+ Be7 14. Bf3 Nf8 15. Qe5 Ne6 16. Bh5+ Kf8 17. Bh6 Kg8 18. Bg4 gxh6 19. Bxe6+ Bxe6 20. Qxe6+ Kf8 21. Rac1 Nc6 22. Qxh6+ Kf7 23. Qh5+ Kg7 24. Qg4+ Bg5 25. Nf4 Ne5 26. Ne6+ Kf6 27. Qh3 Qd7 28. Nxg5 Kxg5 29. Qh4+ Kg6 30. Rfd1 Qc6 31. Qe7 Nf7 32. Rd4 Qf6 33. Qe4+ Kg7 34. Rcxc4 Rhd8 35. Rxd8 Rxd8 36. Qxb7 Qe6 37. Rc7 Qxa2 38. b3 Qb1+ 39. Kg2 Qf5 40. e4 Qg6 41. Re7 a6 42. Qc7 Rd1 43. Qe5+ 1-0


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