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Lutz, Christopher (2644) - Korchnoi, Viktor (2635) [C12]
4. Borowski GM, Essen (5) 2002

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4
French Defence, McCutcheon Variation.
5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4 Kf8 9. Bd3 Nxd2 10. Kxd2 c5 11. h4 Nc6
Or 11...c4 12. Bf1 Nc6. In the game Anand, V - Korchnoj, V, Dos Hermanas 1999 White played 12. Be2 Nc6 13. Rh3 Rg8 14. Qf4 Bd7 15. Bh5 Be8 16. Ne2 f5 17. g4 Ne7 18. Rg1 Bxh5 19. gxh5 Qe8 20. Qf3 Rc8 21. Nf4 Rc6 22. Rhg3 Ra6 23. Qg2 Qf7 24. Qf1 Qe8 25. R1g2 Kf7 26. Rg1 Rxa2 27. Qg2 Qf8 28. Rb1 Qc8 29. Rg1 1/2, draw.
12. Rh3 c4 13. Bf1!?
A good continuation.
13...b5 14. Ne2 a5 15. a3 Bd7 16. Nf4








   
16...b4!
A strong novelty. White obtained a clear edge after 16...Rg8 17. Rf3 Ke7 18. Nh5 b4 19. Qf4 bxc3+ 20. Ke1 Be8 21. Rxc3 a4 22. Rg3 Qa5+ 23. c3 Rb8 24. Be2 Rb3 25. Qd2, Leko, P - Korchnoi, V, Borowski GM, Essen (2) 2002 (1-0, 60).
Or 16...Ne7 17. Nh5 Nf5 18. Qf4 Rg8 19. Rb1 Qe7 20. Be2 Qxa3 21. g4 g5? 22. hxg5 hxg5 23. Qh2 Nh4 24. Nf6 Bc6 25. Nxg8 Kxg8 26. f4 Qe7 27. f5 1-0, Black resigned in Golubev, M - Hess, C, Chemnitz op 1998.
17. Rf3 bxc3+ 18. Kd1!
Weaker is 18. Kxc3 Qb6! 19. Ng6+ Kg8 20. Nxh8 h5 21. Qf4 Kxh8 22. Rd1 Be8 23. Be2 Rb8 24. Kd2 Nxd4 with nice compensation for the exchange.
18...h5?
Better is 18... Qb6! 19. Ng6+ Kg8 20. Nxh8 h5 21. Qf4 (21. Qxh5 Qxd4+ 22. Bd3 cxd3 23. Qxf7+ Kxh8 24. Qh5+ perpetual check) 21... Kxh8 with compensation or 21...Nxd4 with equality.
19. Nxh5 Rg8 20. Ke1 Qb6 21. Rd1 Ne7?!
More precise is 21... Qb2 22. Nf4 Qxc2 (22... Ke8 23. Qh5 Ne7 24. Ne2 Ba4 (24... g6 25. Qh7 Rf8 26. Rxc3 Ba4 27. Qh6 Nf5 28. Qf4 Rb8 (28... Bxc2? 29. Qd2) 29. Rc1 Qa2 30. g3 Rb1 31. Kd2! with an extra pawn and better game for White) 25. Qxf7+ Kd7 26. Nxc3 Bxc2 27. Bxc4! dxc4 28. d5 Bd3 29. Rfxd3! cxd3 30. Rxd3 Raf8 31. Qxe6+ Kd8 32. Qd6+ Ke8 33. Qc5 Qc1+ 34. Rd1 Qf4 35. e6 with a winning attack) 23. Nxd5 exd5 24. Qxd7 Ne7 25. Be2 Qe4 26. Rxc3 Rh8 27. g3 Qh1+ 28. Kd2 Qe4 29. Qg4 and the first player has an advantage.
22. Qf4 Nf5 23. g4!
With a clear edge to White.
23...Nh6








   
24. Nf6! Ba4
If 24... gxf6 then 25. Qxh6+ Ke8 26. Qxf6 Rf8 27. g5.
25. Nxg8 Kxg8 26. Rxc3 Qb2 27. Kd2!
Winning.
27...Rb8 28. f3 Rb3 29. Qe3 Rxa3 30. Rxa3 Qxc2+ 31. Ke1 Qxd1+ 32. Kf2 Bc2 33. Rxa5 Bd3 34. Bxd3 cxd3 35. Ra8+ Kh7 36. Ra2
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Lutz, Christopher (2644) - Korchnoi, Viktor (2635) [C12]
Julian Borowski-A 4th/Essen (5) 2002

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4 Kf8 9. Bd3 Nxd2 10. Kxd2 c5 11. h4 Nc6 12. Rh3 c4 13. Bf1 b5 14. Ne2 a5 15. a3 Bd7 16. Nf4 b4 17. Rf3 bxc3+ 18. Kd1 h5 19. Nxh5 Rg8 20. Ke1 Qb6 21. Rd1 Ne7 22. Qf4 Nf5 23. g4 Nh6 24. Nf6 Ba4 25. Nxg8 Kxg8 26. Rxc3 Qb2 27. Kd2 Rb8 28. f3 Rb3 29. Qe3 Rxa3 30. Rxa3 Qxc2+ 31. Ke1 Qxd1+ 32. Kf2 Bc2 33. Rxa5 Bd3 34. Bxd3 cxd3 35. Ra8+ Kh7 36. Ra2 1-0


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