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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Spanish Class" (game of the day Oct-25-2014)
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 8, Aug-03
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0



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Oct-25-14  Tigranny: I was thinking something other than Spanish Class in it, but I appreciate your thought. :)
Oct-25-14  Tim Delaney: There is a forced mate, but it takes a while:
28. Nd8+...Bf5; 29. Qxf5+...Ke7; 30. Qf8+...Kd7; 31. Qxg7+...Kc8 (if Kc6, Rc1+ and mate follows)32. Qg4+!...Kxd8 33. Rf8+...Ke7 34. Qg7+...Ke6 35. Rf6+...Kd5 36. Qg5+...K any 37. Rf3 And mate in just a few.

I join many others in their admiration of Phony's hilarious post.

Oct-26-14  morfishine: Great game, and not just because its another Karpov crush, but the fact he inflicts such devastation vs a Spanish expert
Nov-19-14  MarkFinan: I liked this game too. First decisive game in the match. Forced mate in 16 according to my engine from here.

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Month of Sundays Shizzle.

Mar-25-15  SimonWebbsTiger: Danny King takes a look at the game on his YouTube.
Jul-30-15  SimplicityRichard: In my opinion, one of Karpov's best. #
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  Check It Out: Also, one of <Phony Benoni>’s all time great posts!
Oct-26-17  Howard: Phoney Benoni's insightful 3100-level annotations remind me, frankly, of a review that Taylor Kingston wrote ten years ago about a "book" that Eric Schiller wrote on Fisher's best games. He stated that the book--among other serious issues--had annotations like "White castles so as to safeguard his king", and other similar "annotations".

If one needs convincing that it was an absolute potboiler of a book, read the part in the review where Kingston points out that according to Schiller, Euwe was quite possibly of "world championship-caliber".

Wasn't Euwe WC once?! Lemme Google his name just to be sure....

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  perfidious: <Howard>, see Carsten Hansen's review of Schiller's work on the Frankenstein-Dracula line in the Vienna here:

Oct-26-17  Howard: Thanks for the link!

Then, there was that "book" of Schiller's called Unorthodox Chess Openings, in which the late Tony Mile's review of it consisted of just two words: utter crap.

Dec-15-17  MariusDaniel: Great chess moves!
Nov-24-18  thejack: I´m actually a bit confused as to why everyone seems to give those Schiller books such a bad rap. Sure, they seem to be somewhat poorly put together from an editing point of view, but for the chess content, I find them more appealing than those awful "move by move" books by Everyman, and the ones by Cyrus Lakdawala in particular. They don´t cover the games "move by move" to begin with, and they mainly just construct their notes around computer lines and evaluations, which to me is far worse than what Schiller does. At least he TRIES to explain what is going on..
Jan-30-19  carpovius: Hard to believe that this plays at WC. The challenger looks like a patzer. Poor guy :)
Jan-30-19  catlover: According to the book "Annotate Like a Grandmaster," after Karpov's 26. Rd7, I should suggest that had Korchnoi played 26...Bxd7, then after 27. Qxf7 the line 27...Rxf7, 28 Rxf7# is forced. The point is that the black king can neither move, capture the rook, nor interpose a piece.

Wow. The rest is a matter of technique.

Nov-16-20  W Westerlund: I remember this. Compare the position after ten moves - just the Open Spanish - with the position after fifteen moves - and this was a WC game! 10. ... g6? 11.Qe2! 12.Nd4 13.f4 and 14.f5 and Korchnoi is lost. Played after 7 draws, one of which was a very difficult endgame after which Korchnoi commented that the had given Karpov a lecture. After this game, Krabbe asked what sort of a world champion would lose a game like this - Karpov 'lecturing' on attack.
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  perfidious: Karpov the Implacable.

One wonders whether Korchnoi lost his sense of danger; it seems apparent that the simple 12....Nxd4 13.cxd4 was not to his taste and would have left Black a strategically inferior position, but the pawn he gained in the game continuation offered him no succour.

Nov-17-20  SChesshevsky: Korchnoi looks to try to catch Karpov off guard with what I think is rare 10...g6. And probably did.

Have to believe he looked through grabbing the pawn in prep and assessed he could hold on. Maybe figuring weak king was offset with threats against g2 square.

What did he miss then? Guessing up to 17...Nd3 wasn't surprising. Was it 18. Bh6? 18...Bf8 looks tricky and to Korchnoi's taste but maybe not correct. Don't think losing control of the a8 diagonal was part of the plan. Turns out f7 being disastrously weaker than g2.

Dec-01-21  cormier: komodo 13 depth=41

+0.53 12... Nxe5 13. f4 Ned3 14. f5 gxf5 15. Nxf5 O-O 16. Nxg7 Kxg7 17. Bc2 Nxc1 18. Raxc1 Qd6 19. b4 Nd7 20. Qd3 f5 21. a4 bxa4 22. Bxa4 Nb6 23. Qd4+ Kg8 24. Bc2 a5 25. bxa5 Rxa5 26. Qh4 Bd7 27. Nb3 Ra2 28. Nd4 Qg6 29. Rf2 Qg7 30. Re1 Kh8 31. Re7 Ra1+ 32. Rf1 Rxf1+ 33. Kxf1 Rf7 34. Rxf7 Qxf7 35. Qd8+ Be8 36. Nxf5 Nc4 37. Kg1 Qe6 38. Bd3 Nd2 39. Qh4 Ne4 40. Nd4 Qe5 41. Bxe4 dxe4 42. Qh6

+0.56 12... Qd7 13. f4 O-O 14. Nxe6 Nxe6 15. Bc2 Rad8 16. Nf3 d4 17. Rd1 Qe8 18. Bd2 dxc3 19. bxc3 Ne7 20. a4 Qc6 21. axb5 axb5 22. Bd3 Nd5 23. g3 Rb8 24. Rdc1 Nc5 25. Bc2 Rfd8 26. Nd4 Qb6 27. Rd1 Ne6 28. Qf2 Nxd4 29. cxd4 b4 30. Rab1 Qa7 31. Bb3 Nc3 32. Bxc3 bxc3 33. f5 c5 34. f6 Rxd4 35. Rxd4

+0.61 12... Nxd4 13. cxd4 Nb7 14. Nf3 O-O 15

Dec-02-21  cormier: komodo 13 depth=41

+0.54 11... Qd7 12. Nd4 Be7 13. Bc2 O-O 14. N2f3 Nxd4 15. cxd4 Nb7 16. h3 Rfe8 17. Rd1 c5 18. dxc5 Nxc5 19. Be3 Rac8 20. Nd4 Qb7 21. Rac1 Bf8 22. g4 Ne4 23. f3 Nc5 24. f4 Ne4 25. Bd3 Bc5 26. Kg2 Bb6 27. Nxe6 Rxc1 28. Rxc1 Bxe3 29. Qxe3 fxe6 30. b4 Kg7 31. a3 Rd8

+0.59 11... Be7 12. Rd1 O-O 13. Bc2 Re8 14. Nb3 Na4 15. h3 Nb6 16. Nbd4 Nxd4 17. cxd4 c5 18. dxc5 Bxc5 19. b3 Nd7 20. Bb2 Qe7 21. Rac1 Rac8 22. Bd3 Bb6 23. a4 d4 24. axb5 Bxb3 25. Rxc8 Rxc8 26. Re1 axb5 27. Nxd4 Bc4 28. e6 fxe6 29. Nxb5 Bxd3 30. Qxd3 Bc5 31. Rd1 Rb8 32. Bc3 Rb7 33. Nd6 Bxd6 34. Qxd6

Dec-03-21  cormier: komodo 13 depth=44

+0.37 10... Be7 11. Bc2 d4 12. Nb3 d3 13. Bb1 Nxb3 14. axb3 Bf5 15. Bf4 O-O 16. Re1 Qd7 17. b4 Rfd8 18. h3 a5 19. bxa5 Rxa5 20. Rxa5 Nxa5 21. Nd4 c5 22. e6 fxe6 23. Nxf5 exf5 24. Qxd3 Qxd3 25. Bxd3 Rxd3 26. Rxe7 Nc4 27. Rb7 Nxb2 28. Rxb5 Na4 29. Be5 c4 30. Rb7 g6 31. Rg7+ Kf8 32. Rxh7 Nxc3 33. Rc7 Ne2+ 34. Kf1 Nc3 35. Bxc3 Rxc3 36. Ke2 Rc2+ 37. Ke3 Kg8 38. g3 Kf8 39. f3 Rc3+ 40. Kf4 g5+ 41. Kxg5 Rxf3

+0.38 10... d4 11. Bxe6 Nxe6 12. cxd4 Ncxd4 13. a4 Bb4 14. axb5 Nxb5 15. Nc4 Qxd1 16. Rxd1 a5 17. Be3 Ke7 18. Rd5 c6 19. Rd3 Rhd8 20. Rxd8 Rxd8 21. Kf1 Ra8 22. Ra4 c5 23. h3 Nbd4 24. Bxd4 cxd4 25. Nxa5 Rxa5 26. Rxb4 Nf4 27. Rb7+ Ke8 28. Rb8+ Kd7 29. Ke1 Nxg2+ 30. Kd2 Nf4 31. Rb7+ Ke8 32. h4 Nh3 33. Rb4 Rd5 34. Rxd4 Rxd4+ 35. Nxd4 Nxf2 36. b4 Ng4 37. Nf3 Kd7 38. b5

Dec-04-21  cormier: komodo 13 depth=43

+0.37 9... Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Ng5 Qxg5 12. Qf3 O-O-O 13. Bxe6+ fxe6 14. Qxc6 Qxe5 15. a4 dxc3 16. Nf3 Qd5 17. axb5 Rd6 18. Qxd5 exd5 19. bxc3 axb5 20. Bf4 Ra6 21. Nd4 Rxa1 22. Rxa1 Kb7 23. Nxb5 Ne6 24. Be5 Bc5 25. g3 Kc6 26. Nd4+ Bxd4 27. cxd4 Rb8 28. Kg2 Rb7 29. Ra6+ Kd7 30. Ra5 c6 31. Ra8 h6 32. h3 Ke7 33. Ra6

+0.43 9... Bc5 10. Qe2 Nxd2 11. Bxd2 Qd7 12. c3 O-O 13. Rad1 Rfe8 14. h3 Rad8 15. Bg5 Be7 16. Rfe1 Na5 17. Bc2 c5 18. b3 Qc7 19. Qd3 g6 20. Qe3 Nc6 21. Bf6 d4 22. Qh6 Bf8 23. Bxd8 Rxd8 24. Qh4 Be7 25. Ng5 Bxg5 26. Qxg5 dxc3 27. Rxd8+ Qxd8 28. Qxd8+ Nxd8 29. Be4 Bf5 30. Bxf5 gxf5 31. Rc1 b4 32. g4 fxg4

Jun-27-22  cormier: depth=48 | Komodo 2901.00

+0.66 13... Ned3 14. f5 gxf5 15. Nxf5 O-O 16. Nxg7 Kxg7 17. Bc2 Nxc1 18. Raxc1 Qd6 19. b4 Nd7 20. Qd3 f5 21. Qd4+ Kg8 22. Rce1 Rae8 23. Bxf5 Bxf5 24. Rxe8 Rxe8 25. Rxf5 Re1+ 26. Kf2 Qe6 27. Rg5+ Kf7 28. Qg7+ Ke8 29. Qg8+ Qxg8 30. Rxg8+ Kf7 31. Kxe1 Kxg8 32. Ke2 Kf7 33. Kd3 Ke6 34. Kd4 h5 35. h3 c6 36. Nf3 Kf5 37. g3 Nf6 38. Ne5

Jun-28-22  cormier: if 13... Ned3

depth=46 | Komodo 2901.00
+0.71 15... O-O 16. Nxg7 Kxg7 17. Bc2 Nxc1 18. Raxc1 Qd6 19. b4 Ne4 20. Nxe4 dxe4 21. Qxe4 f5 22. Qh4 Qb6+ 23. Kh1 Bxa2 24. Rxf5 Rxf5 25. Bxf5 Qh6 26. Qg3+ Kh8 27. Ra1 Rf8 28. Bd3 Rd8 29. Bf1 Qf6 30. Qxc7 Rd6 31. Be2 Rc6 32. Qb8+ Bg8 33. Rf1 Qxc3 34. Rf8 Qa1+ 35. Bf1 Rg6 36. Qd8 Rg7 37. Qc8 Qd4 38. Qxa6 Qxb4

Oct-12-22  RookFile: Korchnoi went to the well one time too many with this Ruy Lopez Open defense. It got him some early draws earlier in the match but you can be sure Karpov was ready for this one. Fischer never would have done this, he knew the power of Russian prep.
Oct-12-22  Chessius the Messius: After 17. Qg4 White is winning 17... Qf6 18. Bc2 O-O-O 19. Bg5 Bf8 20. Bxf6 Rxg4 21. Bxd8 Kxd8 22. Rad1+ Nd3 23. Bxd3 cxd3 24. Rxd3+ Kc8 25. b3 Re4 26. Rd2 Bc5+ 27. Kh1

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In the game after 18... Bxh6 19. Nxh6 Rg7 20. Nf5 Rg6 21. Rad1 Qd5 22. Bxd3 cxd3 23. Rxd3 Qc5+ things are no so clear.

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