Magazine article The Spectator

Babes and Sucklings

Magazine article The Spectator

Babes and Sucklings

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His belief is that they are booked-up automatons whom he will naturally defeat in unknown terrain, where they must rely on their own intellectual resources rather than memorised established theory. Viktor is not always correct in this assumption. 7 ... e6 8 d3 g6 9 c4 Bg7 10 Nc3 0-0 ll 0-0 d4 Black has evidently emerged from the opening with a fine position and one that is easy to play. 12 Na4 Qd6 13 Rbl Rac8 14 Bcl b6 15 a3 dxe3 16 fxe3 Rfd8 17 Nb2 (Diagram) White's opening manoeuvres have reduced him to a pathetic state of impotence, in which he has had to retract developing moves and place his knight on a stupid square, simply to defend the weak pawn on d3.17 ... e5 18 Khl exf4 19 exf4 This is strategically disastrous but Korchnoi must have been worried about 19 Rxh4 NhS when Black will definitely win some material. 19 ... Nd4 20 Na4 Nf5 21 Rb2 Nh5 22 Rc2 Bh6 Fastening on the weakness of f4. Not, however, 22 ... Qxd3? 23 Rd2. 23 Bh3 Qxd3 24 Qxd3 Black has now won a pawn since 24 Rd2 Qe4+ 25 Bg2 Qe7 allows Black to escape with his booty while it might even be possible to play 24 . …

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