Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

Viktor Korchnoi vs Garry Kasparov
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-15
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 15 times; par: 92 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 42 more Korchnoi/Kasparov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Premium members can see a list of all games that they have seen recently at their Game History Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-13-03  ksadler: For those that are interested, this game is annotated at
Mar-07-04  csmath: Seirawan's comments have more errors than Korchnoi had in the game.
Feb-20-06  Everett: <csmath> care to elaborate?
Feb-20-06  BobbyBishop: Poor lil Knight on a4. nothin to one to see :(
Jul-26-07  outplayer: <csmath> Did you elaborate it?
Oct-19-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Grooming passed pawns for promotion

Final position

click for larger view

The powerful Black h3-passed pawn is actively supported by both the Black f4-knight and Black h4-king, with the Black f7-rook ready to swing over to the g- or h- files as needed to help support the passer.

Seirawan's comment on the reason for Black's resignation:

<There is no stopping the h-pawn: 55.Rh8+ Nh5 56.Kf2 Rg7 and the pawn scores a touchdown.>

(VAR) Seirawan's continuation:

click for larger view

Oct-19-07  notyetagm: Position after 14 ... ♕d6-f6!! (Seirawan):

click for larger view

Seirawan's comments:


A very fine move which earns Black the advantage. Kasparov dodges 14...Qxf4? 15.Qd4+ Kg8 16.Qb4 or 16.Qc5, going after the a5-Knight. Now White is cursed with having to guard the f4- pawn, the b2-pawn and the c4-square. Black has the advantage.>

Jul-01-08  apexin: this game is also annotated in Igor stohl's book "Garry Kasparov's greatest chess games" vol2.
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: The advantage of 11..Na5 over 11..Ne5 is that White is that White is not allowed to play Qb3; the disadvantage is that the knight can be vulnerable on a5. 14 f4?! created an additional weakness; 14 Qd2 and 14 Rc1 have been played previously and are more solid. A more consistent continuation would have been 16 e5..Qf5 17 Bd3 (or 17 d6); Korchnoi's 16..dxc?! made things easier for Black. 22..Kxf6?! allowed the strong defensive move 23 Rc1! )preventing ..Na4); better was 22..exf 23 f3 (23 Rc1..Na4!)..f5 24 0-0..Na4 and Black is much better. 28..Ke7?! allowed White to improve his pawn structure with 29 f5; better was 28..h6. Korchnoi defended well up until the end of the time control and had he played 40 Na4..Rxc3 41 Nxc3..Ke5 42 Ke3..h5 43 f3 he would have had good drawing chances; instead after 40 h4? Black easily created an outside passed h-pawn which proved decisive.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Black h3-passed pawn supported by Black f4-knight, h4-king
from Grooming pawns for promotion -- Seirawan by notyetagm
Kasparov Wins with Black (Classical, vs GMs)
by coffee monster
Kasparov crushes the Smyslov Variation.
from Kasparov's Grunfeld Memorial by alicefujimori
Round One, Game #1
from Wijk aan Zee Corus 2000 by suenteus po 147
dont waste anytime or moves
from kingsindian2006's favorite games by kingsindian2006
White must defend "anchor", the c4-square , from Black knights
from Defending one square is a full-time job by notyetagm
Game 109
from Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games V2 (Stohl) by ddbrown
41_R+N - TActical TAngos
by whiteshark
this is why KASPAROV IS THE BEST !
by indoknight
November 2001 Wijk aan Zee 2000, Corus
from Inside Chess(YS) by sorrowstealer
Korchnoi vs World Champions Decisive Games Kasparov
from Korchnoi vs World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
Gruenfeld Games
by Zhbugnoimt
Kasparov The Killer!!
by Zhbugnoimt
Game 109 in Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games V2 (Stohl)
from K Players of Yesteryear by fredthebear
Game 109 in Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games V2 (Stohl)
from Cats of the Grenfelds by fredthebear
Grunfeld Defense
by leobabauta
Power Chess - Kasparov
by Anatoly21
Grunfeld Defense
by gis74

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC