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The initial position of the variation. The disturbance of the equilibrium on all ( ) parts When a Photo-finish is not Demanded . of the board promises a gripping struggle. White's searches for an advantage are associated with 11 eXf6 and 11 g3. For a long time the latter was considered stronger, but the game Polugayevsky-Torre from the 1981 Moscow International Tournament shook this evaluation. After it the two moves are regarded as equivalent, since in both cases Black can if he wishes take...

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Yes, I did not always manage to win the won positions, but in general I think that this match was my highest creative achievement. I did not once have a really bad position, and even in the second game, where I was in difficulties, Smyslov did not have a win. I think that the Ex-World Champion did not play worse than in his matches with Hubner and Ribli (especially at the start of the match), and if the score of 4V2-8V2 was too unfavourable to him, this was mainly the fault of his opponent. I...

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The d4 pawn is securely defended, and the * The interest in 7 Qc2 quickly declined when, a month and a half after the Interzonal Tournament, at the Olympiad in Lucerne, Black succeeded in revealing the disadvantage of the white queen's new position 9 . . . Nd7 10 Bd3 Qc7 with the intention of 11 cXd4 12 cXd4 QXc2. White is forced to lose time, and both 11 Qd2 g612 0-0Bg7 (Kasparov-Sosonko) and 11 Qbl g612 0-0 Bg7 (Hort-Miles) give Black a comfortable position. rook is ready to take up an...

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Korchnoi had already played this once (against Portisch at the Lucerne Olympiad), and therefore in principle the move was not unexpected for me. By 5 d6 Black could have transposed into a normal Modern Benoni, which would have been playing too much against himself', since Korchnoi has won many games with White against this setup, by fianchettoing his white-squared bishop. True, at the same Olympiad he lost one game to me, but this was by no means as a result of the opening. Here he wishes in...

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Candidates Quarter-final Match, Moscow, 1983 First interzonal, first Candidates match The great amount at stake in these events, compounded by the novelty of each step, will often restrict a player and not allow him to reveal his full creative potential. For this reason, during the course of my Candidates Quarter-final Match with Aleksander Belyavsky I had to adapt in a very short time to the unfamiliar logic of match play. Of course my pre-match preparations also had to be particularly...