[Event "Baden-Baden"] [Site "Baden-Baden FRG"] [Date "1981.07.??"] [Round "4"] [White "Bastian, Herbert"] [Black "Kortchnoi, Viktor"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C02"] [WhiteElo "2320"] [BlackElo "2695"] [PlyCount "108"] [EventDate "1981.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 {A memorable victory for Herbert in July 1981 at the Baden-Baden tournament. A few months later Viktor Kortchnoi faced Anatoly Karpov in Merano, Italy. Kortchnoi was then probably not far from his top form. } d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. Be2 Rc8 7. O-O Nge7 8. dxc5 Ng6 9. Be3 Ncxe5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. b4 Be7 12. f4 Nc6 13. Nd2 Bf6 14. Rc1 O-O 15. Nf3 { By simple moves White has obtained a small advantage after the opening. He has a moving majority on the queenside, while Black's centre is a bit blocked.} Qc7 16. Qd2 Rcd8 17. Bd4 Be7 18. Qe3 f6 19. Bd3 Rf7 20. Rce1 Rdf8 21. a3 Bd8 22. c4 b6 23. cxb6 axb6 24. cxd5 exd5 25. Rc1 {White has improved his position position, while Black is looking for a counterplay.} Re7 26. Qd2 Qd6 27. Bc3 b5 28. Kh1 Bb6 29. Qc2 Kh8 30. Bxb5 {A pawn is a pawn. Usually it was Kortchnoi who ate the pawns...} Rc8 31. Bxc6 ({Stockfish does not like White's last move and prefers the following beautiful variation which gives White a near winning position.} 31. Qa4 Bf5 32. Be5 fxe5 33. Rxc6 Rxc6 34. fxe5 Rxe5 (34... Qc7 35. Bxc6) 35. Nxe5) 31... Rxc6 32. Qb2 Be3 33. Rce1 Qc7 (33... Rc8 {was the right move to maintain a dynamic equality according to the silicon monster.}) 34. Bd4 Bxd4 35. Qxd4 Rxe1 36. Rxe1 Be6 37. f5 Bf7 38. Qe3 h6 39. h3 Rc3 40. Qe7 Qxe7 41. Rxe7 Bh5 42. Nd4 Rxa3 43. Rd7 Ra8 44. b5 Rb8 45. b6 Rxb6 46. g4 Bxg4 47. hxg4 h5 48. gxh5 Rb4 49. Rxd5 Kh7 50. Kg2 Kh6 51. Ne6 Rb7 52. Rd3 Kxh5 53. Rg3 Kh4 54. Rg6 Rb3 {The Lion fought to the end. A remarkable game played by by Herbert. Congratulations!} 1-0