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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 10, Aug-08
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Karpov Gambit (C80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-25-03  drukenknight: Game 10 from the 1978 world champ. Here is the origin of that tricky N sack that Honza showed us in the SPanish. This was invented by Tal, who was working for the Karpov camp.

11 Ng5 is the novelty, but Korch. turned down the N. HOnza has shown us several games where the N was grabbed.

I wonder if a better way to play it would be: 11...QxN 12 Qf3 Nxe5 13 Qxa8 Kd7 14 cxd4 Nxb3 15 axb3 Be6 16 QxR?! Ng4 17 h3 Ne3 18 fxe3 (18 g3 looks bad) ...Bxh3

Mar-27-04  morphyvsfischer: <drunkenknight> I think that it was also Igor Zaitzev's idea.
Jul-24-04  get Reti: <Drunkenknight> Where did honza show some examples where black takes the knight?
Aug-16-04  tomh72000: 11...Qxg5 12.Qf3 Kd7 13.Bd5 Bxd5 14.Qxd5+ Bd6 15.Ne4 (15.Qxf7+ Qe7 16.Qf5+ Qe6=)15...Qxe5 Nxc5+ Kd8 is another interesting line where black takes the knight. 12...0-0-0!? is another complex idea where black returns the piece for an active position. 23.Bxe6 fxe6 24.Qxc6 Qxe5 is one possibility.
Aug-18-04  tomh72000: Will anyone enter the theoretical debate, or will I have to do it all by myself? ;)
Aug-18-04  acirce: <11...Qxg5 12.Qf3 Kd7 13.Bd5 Bxd5 14.Qxd5+ Bd6> I think both 15.Nc4 and 15.cxd4 look better here. Black just seems better in your lines. However, <12...0-0-0!?> is probably better than ..Kd7. Then your moves follow and a long forced series upon that as in the recent Morozevich vs Ponomariov, 2004 and Shirov vs Anand, 2004
Aug-19-04  tomh72000: Yes, <15.Nc4> could be better for white after 15...Qg6 16.exd6, where black can play 16...Nd3 17.Na3 (or Nd2) cxd6. <15.cxd4> indeed looks very strong. White is probably better after 15...Nxd4 16.Nc4 Qg6 17.exd6 Bxc4 18.Qxc5 Nf3+ 19.Kh1 cxd6.
Nov-12-06  talisman: great quote:korchnoi:11.Ng5 "the kind you find once in a century.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <get Reti: <Drunkenknight> Where did honza show some examples where black takes the knight? >

Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002

Apr-09-08  Knight13: <11.Ng5 "the kind you find once in a century.> The kind people do in blitz but mess up the correct follow up and still win. :-D
Apr-11-09  WhiteRook48: O...K....
Apr-08-11  talisman: <morphyvsfischer> is correct. this to me is the most balls to the wall move in a championship game; if for no other reason than "how many grandmasters had looked at this position and never even thought about this move?????"....and then it comes from from karpov........
Apr-11-11  talisman: KORCHNOI "the kind of move you see once in a hundred years."
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  Phony Benoni: <talisman> Well, he would know.
Apr-13-11  talisman: <Phony> lol...literally.
Apr-13-11  goldenbear: One of my favorite Korchnoi games. I find that 35.c5! is more in keeping with his winning attempt, since in the variation 36.Rxc5 Rxa4 37.Bb8 Re1 38.Rc6+ Kd5 39.Rc6+ Kc4 40.Re6 a5 41.Bxe5 g6! 42.Rc6+ Kb3, Black activates his king and wins material.
Apr-13-11  Mozart72: Karpov's 37.5% win against Korchnoi's 37.5% win shows that the 1/2-1/2 of this game is correct.
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  perfidious: <Mozart72: Karpov's 37.5% win against Korchnoi's 37.5% win shows that the 1/2-1/2 of this game is correct.>

As with many statistics, without context, this is utterly meaningless, and constitutes spamming, inasmuch as you've repeatedly done it in your posts of late.

Oct-02-13  talisman: I can't believe! GK in OMGP never once mentioned this know the one.
Nov-11-17  cunctatorg: In the aforementioned Shirov vs Anand, 2004 game (Chess Classic; Mainz) Vishy Anand did pretty well to take that awful Knight that had gone to KN5 at the tenth move.

At the Karpov-Korchnoi 10th match game of their 1978 WCC match, Viktor Korchnoi did wisely not to take that awful Knight; after all there is a period of twenty six whole years between the two games and Anatoly Karpov had produced the total surprise!!... The surprised Korchnoi had less than twenty six years in order to discover a remedy for the Tal and/or Igor Zaitsev analysis that had been approved by Anatoly Karpov!!...

Today we don't see such a level of chess fight...

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