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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
"Korchnoi's Complaint" (game of the day Aug-12-2010)
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 31, Oct-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-16  cunctatorg: Victor Korchnoi was a toughest fighter, sometimes even an obsessed rival but never a petty one, at least regarding important issues ... and this is the reason that the Hungarians could state: "... we trusted Korchnoi..." which is THE GREAT PRAISE.
Jan-22-17  Albion 1959: Superb and instructive endgame technique from Korchnoi ! Reminiscent of Capablanca v Tartakover 1924, with pawn sacrifices to permit infiltration with the king.
Jul-30-17  patzer2: I too was curious about playing 49...Rg3+ to win a pawn. So I plugged it into Stockfish 8 and confirmed the comment of <Albanius> that winning a pawn with 49...Rg3+? 50. Kb4 Rxh3?? is a bad idea:

49...Rg3+? 50.Kb4 Rxh3?? 51.a6 bxa6 52.d5 cxd5 53.c6 Rh4+ 54.Kc5 Rc4+ 55.Kd6 (+6.34 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8)

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55...h5 56.c7 a5 57.Re7+ Kf8 58.Rd7 a4 59.Rd8+ Kg7 60.c8=Q Rxc8 61.Rxc8 b4

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62.Ra8 (mate-in-30, Stockfish 8 @ 42 depth) 62...a3 63.Kxd5 h4 64.Ra4 h3 65.Rxb4 a2 66.Rg4+! Kf7 67.Rg1 h2 68.Re1 Kg7 69.Kd6 Kf7 70.Kd7 Kg7 71.Ke7 Kh6 72.Kxf6 (Mate-in-11 Stockfish 8 @ 59 depth)

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Jul-30-17  patzer2: Stockfish 8 analysis appears to confirm comment by <Howard> above that 58...Rd4! holds the draw:

[Stockfish 8 64] +0.25 @ 35 depth]

58...Rd4 (diagram below)

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59.Kxa5 Kc7 60.Kb5 Rd7 61.Rb3 Rd5 62.Rxb4 Rxf5 63.Ra4 Rf3 64.h4 Rb3+ 65.Kc4 Rf3 66.Kd5 Rf5+ 67.Ke6 Rxc5 68.Kxf6 Kd6 69.Re4 h5 70.Kg6 Rd5 71.Re3 Kd7 72.Ra3 Ke7 73.Rf3 Ke6 74.Rf6+ Ke7 75.Rf1 Kd6 76.Rf8 Ke7 77.Rf4 Kd7 78.Ra4 Kd6 79.Kf6 Kc6 80.Rc4+ Kd6 = (diagram below)

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Tablebase Draw

Sep-10-17  andrea volponi: 49 Re6 (!kasparov +-)Rg3+ -Ke4 Ra3! -d5 Ra4+ -Kd3 Rxa5 -d6 Ra3+ -Kd2 b4 -Re7+ Kf8 -Rxb7 Ke8 -Rxb4 Ra5 -Rc4 Kd7 -Kd3 h5 -h4 ⩲
Sep-10-17  Granny O Doul: <diagonal> That "no excellent beauty" quote comes from Francis Bacon, when Poe was not yet even a dream within a dream.
Sep-10-17  ChessHigherCat: <Granny O Doul: <diagonal> That "no excellent beauty" quote comes from Francis Bacon, when Poe was not yet even a dream within a dream.>

But already three-fourths of a poet.

<andrea volponi: 49 Re6 (!kasparov +-)Rg3+ -Ke4 Ra3! -d5 Ra4+ -Kd3 Rxa5 -d6 Ra3+ -Kd2 b4 -Re7+ Kf8 -Rxb7 Ke8 -Rxb4 Ra5 -Rc4 Kd7 -Kd3 h5 -h4 ⩲>

Thanks. This line wins for white, right?:

49. Kc3 Rg3+ 50. Kb4 Rxh3 51. a6 bxa6 52. Ka5 Ra3+ 53. Kb6 a5 54. Kxc6 Rd3 55. d5 b4 56. d6 b3 57. Re7+ Kf8 58. Rb7 a4 59. Rb4

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  offramp: Francis Bacon also said: "<Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.>"
Sep-12-17  andrea volponi: chesshighercat:this line wins for white?,no 49 Re6 it is a draw.
May-12-18  morfishine: Wooo Doggy, Karpov's pawns sure disappeared quick...real quick
May-23-18  belgradegambit: Bumped in honor of Philip Roth who passed away yesterday.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 68. Re3 mates in 28.
Oct-17-18  DrGridlock: Nice video lecture on this game by Akobian (beginner/intermediate class at St Louis Chess Club) here:

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  harrylime: Maybe we can say History has been kind to Karpov....

Fischer would have destroyed him in 1975.

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  Count Wedgemore: <harrylime: Fischer would have destroyed him in 1975.>

Destroyed him like a Taimsnov or Larsen? No way, <harry>. He did by no means destroy Spassky in '72 (the final score was 12½ - 8½ in Fischer's favour). It is hard to believe that Karpov would have fared significantly worse than Spassky. My guess is that Fischer would have won, but not by that much, I think. And he would most certainly not have obliterated him. That is highly unlikely.

But we will never know..

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  harrylime: <The Count>

A motivated Fischer would have been too hot for Karpov in 75 ... and it wasn't just Karpov, it was the entire Soviet establishment Bobby would have been , and actually already was, facing ... .. Those days were surreal and hard to relate to now!

I love Karpov and respect him immensely . But Fischer was a different animal.

Jun-03-19  RadioBoy: The key to rook and pawn or King and pawn endgames is learning all of the nasty little tricks, preferably not by losing over the board. Then keeping an eye out for when you are in or may be in one of these positions or can trade down into one of these positions, especially if you are the unhappy soul who is going to be at the receiving end of the trick. I'm sure there are many in this game, but the one I will remember is the sacrifice of the pawn to temporarily to gain King entry. The first trick that I learned was with white rook and pawn at A8 and A7, and the black king having the choice of h7 or G7. Unfortunately, at the tail end of a long combination my black king ended up on f7. however I was more than happy to pass on this knowledge to the next generation when I could.
Jun-19-19  Howard: Kasparov, as I recall, states in MGP that the adjourned position was probably already won for White...but Stockfish seems to strongly disagree.
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  Fusilli: <Howard: Kasparov, as I recall, states in MGP that the adjourned position was probably already won for White...but Stockfish seems to strongly disagree.>

My interpretation of that is that Kasparov is saying a strong GM should win against another strong GM, while Stockfish is objecting "but Alpha Zero, with perfect play, would save it for Black!" They are probably both right.

BTW, at the beginning of all the kibitzing on this game, <drukenknight> says adjournment was at move 47, with White sealing his move. Is that true? If the time control was at 40 (was it?), it seems like a lot of moves before adjourning when there was so much at stake.

Jun-19-19  areknames: <Fusilli> According to Larsen's book the adjournment was on move 47 although it was Karpov who sealed his move. Larsen writes: "It is rather astonishing that Karpov spent less than 10 minutes on moves 31-40; he still had more than an hour left on his clock at move 40!" Also, commenting on 41.e4!?: "Looks risky, but Korchnoi may have thought that after the adjournment he wouldn't get a chance to play this move."
Jun-21-19  Howard: Doesn't the book Korchnoi: Move by Move analyze this game ?
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  whiteshark: <Howard> p 425-434

Korchnoi also has analysed the resulting ♖endgame after <46...axb5> on 23 pages in his book --> Game Collection: 28a_Korchnoi's "Practical Rook Endings"

Jun-25-19  Howard: Yes, I am aware of that book---Korchnoi analyzes that endgame to death in his book.
Aug-26-19  KID Slayer: Excellent finish by Viktor my all-time fave! Reminds me of the classic Capa-Tartakower match of 1924 with 49.Kc3! that takes the rook-and-pawn ending in real style.
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  saffuna: Daniel King discusses this game on the Perpetual Chess podcast.

He says he discussed this game with Korchnoi, how Karpov could have drawn.

"It was a draw, but that's kind of irrelevant. Korchnoi's concept in that rook-and-pawn endgame, was out of this world. The whole game was like a saga, it was an epic game." At about 1:04. wherever you can

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