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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Wall to Wall Karpov" (game of the day Nov-03-2008)
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1981), Merano ITA, rd 14, Nov-09
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0



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Nov-03-08  Ladolcevita: I can understand amauter's move0.0`
Nov-03-08  Woody Wood Pusher: < charlie2000: i happen to know what I'm saying. No doubt Woody's comment 'your part of the world 'is a racist jibe 'cos i put up a cartoon pic of Anand.>

This guy logs onto a chess website to call Korchnoi an 'amateur' and make baseless accusations about racism..?

A true Renaissance man no doubt.

Nov-03-08  Ladolcevita: <WOODY WOOD PUSHER>Is your icon a portrait of Van Gogh?And Renaissance man?? But ithink WOODY WOODY PUSHER means no rasim at all,he is just using his brand-irony......0.0!!
Nov-03-08  AnalyzeThis: It's amazing that Korchnoi lasted as long as he did. It looked like he was getting killed from the get go.
Nov-03-08  kevin86: It looked like black's queen and rook were about to mate,when the black lady was called home to protect her king.
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  mjmorri: <Charlie2000> I have no doubt that if an amateur had the white pieces against Korchnoi after 19...Rd8, he would lose.

It took exceptional technique from Karpov to bring home the full point against Korchnoi's stubborn resistance.

Nov-03-08  mworld: white 40.f5 would make a very insane puzzle!
Nov-03-08  charlie2000: mjmorri>
i can't think of anything more obvious than to advance the h-pawn
Nov-03-08  datachess4: 17...gxf6 18.Bh6 Ng5! whites attack goes nowhere
Nov-04-08  Eyal: <datachess4: 17...gxf6 18.Bh6 Ng5! whites attack goes nowhere>

White might actually still gain some advantage with 19.Qf5; better for Black is 18...Kh8 19.exf6 Bd6 20.Bxf8 Qxf8, or even simply 18...fxe5, where White has nothing better than forcing a perpetual with 19.Qg3+ Kh8 20.Qxe5+ etc.

In case of 17...gxf6, the right move for White is 18.exf6, but even then - as I mentioned in a previous post - Black would be better off than in the game after 18...Rd8.

Jan-16-09  M.D. Wilson: <It took exceptional technique from Karpov to bring home the full point against Korchnoi's stubborn resistance.> That probably best sums it up. At the end, there was nothing Korchnoi could do.
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  offramp: I believe Kortschnoj spent the wonderful amount of 78 minutes thinking about that crucial move 13...Bf8-e7.

Karpov must have been laughing into his okróshka.

May-15-14  Howard: Yes, Korchnoi did spend over an hour on 13...Be7, in response to Karpov's novelty of 13.Ne4.

Both "Chess Life" and also Kasparov's
MGP mention this.

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  offramp: In the end these two played 13 Ruy Lopez, Open (C80), C80 to C83s.

Karpov was white in all of them and the score was 5-2 with 6 draws. That isn't too bad as Kortschnoi had a hard time winning with black against Karpov.

This was the last of the K-K Open Spanishes.

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  perfidious: <offramp....Karpov was white in all of (the Open Spanishes) and the score was 5-2 with 6 draws....>

Considering that there are two known examples of Viktor Lvovich playing White in the Open, guess that is not a shock:

Jul-07-16  Retireborn: <Perfidious> Coincidentally, I know of only two examples of Karpov playing the Open as Black.
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  perfidious: <Retireborn> In particular, seeing Kavalek vs Karpov, 1979 in <Chess Life and Review> was rather a shock after the ferocious battles Karpov had fought for the other side of the Open.
Jul-08-16  Retireborn: <perfidious> Perhaps Karpov had unpleasant memories of his first encounter with Kavalek (Caracas 1970), or perhaps he was influenced by Tal (also playing Montreal) who had used the Open to score an impressive win against Sax shortly before.
Jul-08-16  RookFile: I think the French Defense was Korchnoi's best opening.
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  kingfu: Yes, RookFile, Korchnoi was THE French player of all time. His games should be studied by anyone wanting to play that defense well.

Most of the Frenches between these 2 were draws.

Korchnoi was down in the match and perhaps was going for wins with black.

Jul-08-16  TheFocus: Uhlmann also was a premier player of the French.
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  kingfu: Petrosian was a good French player, too. He also played the Sicilian and Caro Kann. But, he played the French more.
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  diceman: I played only the French, and Caro-Kann.

The thing that illustrates the complexity of chess, is all the differing positions, that come out
of the simple difference between
a pawn on e6, vs. c6, on move 2.

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  diceman: <diceman: I played only the French, and Caro-Kann.

The thing that illustrates the complexity of chess, is all the differing positions, that come out of the simple difference between
a pawn on e6, vs. c6, on move 2.>

The "d4" version would be,
the Slav vs. Queen's Gambit.

Oct-29-20  fisayo123: Karpov had that bind of pawn on h6 and g7 bind in several of his games. I remember a similar motiff he crushed Hort in.

Superb game by Karpov from beginning to end combining both tactical and positional play. Korchnoi never had a chance

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