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Robert James Fischer vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Road To Viktory" (game of the day Jan-15-2021)
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 5, May-09
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack (B09)  ·  0-1



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Mar-23-19  bubuli55: “It’s Korch ing Hot”
Mar-24-19  bubuli55: “Is Korch in Heat” ( Scorching Heat )
Mar-25-19  SugarDom: Skorched Earth Policy
Oct-11-19  backyard pawn: It looks like after White responds: 34. Nxg3, Black can pretty much wrap it up with: 34. ..., Ra8.
Jan-06-20  SpiritedReposte: Or just <34. ...a2> straight away. Anything but <34. ...Bxg3??> giving white a draw from the jaws of defeat with <Qf6+> and <Qg5+> with perpetual check.
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  Fusilli: <Howard: Yes, 13.g4? was Fischer's mistake. As Mednis later put it, "after that, the rest of the game is a slaughter.">

It really comes down to that. And Viktor was quite the butcher when it came to refuting bad attacks.

In the end, 33...Bxg3 wins too. My first thought was that it was a trap and that 34.Nd4 would achieve the perpetual, but Black has 34...Qe3, the only move that stops the perpetual without losing the queen, and it's curtains. Of course 33...Qxg3 is flashier.

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  Stonehenge: Other databases have the 11th and 12th move reversed but e.g. also has 11. Nb3 Qb6 12. a4 Nb4. They are quoting the tournament bulletin.
Jan-15-21  andrewjsacks: Pun well done.
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  HeMateMe: The candidates that fischer walked out on.
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  Messiah: Such a nice game, played by two uncontestable legends, played by two enormous, immeasurable giants of chess, deserved a better pun. Not <very> terrible, but I have seen better.

It is also very nice to see the Pirc, played properly.

Jan-15-21  AlicesKnight: <HeMateMe> ... not the 1962 Candidates; he left the 1967 Interzonal tourney after rows over schedulng and defaults. "Enfant terrible", ran the headlines; his play had been electric (cf.Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967) Wade and co. say of this game that Korchnoi "improved on published theory and wrecked Bobby's position in a tactical melee".
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  HeMateMe: Wasn't it here that Fischer wrote an article for sports illustrated "the Russians have fixed world chess"?
Jan-15-21  Ironmanth: Great game by "Victor the Terrible"! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today. ;)
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  Honza Cervenka: Gross oversights were quite rare occasions in Bobby's chess career but here we have one of most prominent examples that even Fischer was not immune of chess blindness. To play 13.g4?? missing quite obvious refutation in a forced line with double capture on g4 and next 15...Nxc2 would be quite disappointing even for me, if I would be white here. 21.Nd5 was not a mistake but rather a desperation, though it made "road to Viktory" shorter than it could be after 21.Nxa8 Rxa8 22.fxg6 fxg6 23.Qf7+ Kh8 24.Qxe7 Qb1 25.Qxb7 Re8 with "just" an extra Pawn but clearly winning position of black. It was possible to play also 33...Bxg3, as after 34.Nd4 black can play simply 34...Qe3 covering g5 and preventing thus possible perpetual check after Qf6+.
Jan-15-21  Brenin: There are plenty of situations where two minor pieces are exchanged for R+P or, as here, R+2P, and for an average player like me it can be difficult to judge who has come out best. Here Korchnoi clearly benefitted.

I recently played what I thought was a neat combination, "winning" R+2P for B+N, confident that my 4 vs 3 and 3 vs 2 K- and Q-side pawn majorities would swing the endgame in my favour, especially once I got my extra R onto an open file. Then it dawned on me that my opponent's four minor pieces, all well-placed, against my two, not so well placed, made in unlikely that I would live to see the endgame. I needed only a draw from this game, so I quickly offered one, to my opponent's obvious surprise, and it was equally quickly accepted, to my (hopefully not so obvious) surprise. Checking the engine later showed that my judgment after the combination, if not before it, was correct: despite the notional material imbalance, the position was judged to be about 1.5 in my opponent's favour.

Jan-15-21  RandomVisitor: Maybe 4.Be3 followed by Qd2 was a better try:

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<52/68 2:49:05 +0.67 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2> c6 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Bh6 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.Ne5 Bxh6 10.Qxh6 Nc6 11.0-0-0 Qb6 12.Qe3 Be6 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.a3 Ne4

Jan-15-21  Diana Fernanda: Korchnoi was twice second for the title, Bobby Fischer never knew what second place meant. That is the difference between a Big one and others of the lot
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  HeMateMe: I think Fischer ducked Spassky in the '60s because he didn't want to find OUT what second place meant...
Jan-15-21  V Geriakov: Great game by Korchnoi, of course, but having seen this in books before I could not comprehend it not being a GOTD already. Also, I could not really comprehend the pun (sorry if I'm wrong, and pls correct me if I am) as this tournament turned out to be one of the most tragic of Korchnoi's career, with him dropping far below the standings due to an unexpected losing streak in the middle of the tourney after standing 1st for most of it.
Jan-15-21  Petrosianic: Not that great a game. This is, I think, the only game in Fischer's career in which he fell into a book trap. (13. g4?)
Jan-15-21  SChesshevsky: <...This is, I think, the only game in Fischer's career in which he fell into a book trap...>

Did Fischer ever admit to being sloppy with 13. g4? Wondering if he went for it, probably over optimistically, and missed something later?

Thinking he could have expected something like 18...Rfc8 or 18...Qd7 and the game goes on with two pieces for the rook and pretending there might be something vs. the king. But 18...Qc4 hitting the hanging rook just blows everything out of the water. Though Fischer does show his class in getting some decent counter play. Unfortunately, too many pawns down.

Jan-15-21  Petrosianic: I'm not sure if Fischer made any public comments about this game. If he did, I haven't heard them.
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  perfidious: Neither have I, ackshly, and he probably never said anything; for certain posters would probably have reproduced every single word had Fischer mentioned this game, even en passant.
Jan-16-21  morfishine: <Petrosianic: Not that great a game. This is, I think, the only game in Fischer's career in which he fell into a book trap. (13. g4?)> Read Wade's book on Fischer, you will find a few more "book traps"
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  FSR: In both of Fischer's games as White against Korchnoi in this tournament, his losing blunder was g4?? In both cases, Korchnoi immediately snapped off the pawn and won. See also Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962.
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