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Viktor Korchnoi vs Garry Kasparov
"Garry-go-Round" (game of the day Oct-22-2015)
Lucerne Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 10, Nov-09
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Hastings Defense Main Line (A64)  ·  0-1



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Feb-16-13  pescau: In the picture mentioned by <GrahamClayton> it can be seen the next board, with a finished game where Tal had black. The black king in the middle of the board indicates that Black won, doesn't it? I think the game is this one: H Wirthensohn vs Tal, 1982


Sep-12-13  MarkFinan: Ive just watched an interview with Gazza "The silver fox" kaspy, where he annotates this game, and all i can say is.. Wow!I

Well ok, maybe i can find a few more words ;)

The interviewer must be unaware that his interviewee is commonly regarded as the greatest chess player to ever grace the game, because he keeps chirping "Yes, but you could have played blah, blah blah"!! Its effing Kaspy the friendly socialist ffs!!! I think he knows what he coulda and couldnotta played LOL! What a game though. Funny how he tells the story of Korchnoi getting strait down to business and not shaking hands. Also good pics of Beliavsky and Karpov looking on.

#GENIUS. :-)

Sep-12-13  MarkFinan: Ok, the Interviewee is an IM! Haha.. Here’s me thinking hes some Joe blow like me LOL
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  ToTheDeath: How has this never been GOTD? It's one of Garry's best efforts. The knight sat en prise for 7 moves!!
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  Phony Benoni: The pun is irrelevant. The game's the thing today.

This was the first Kasparov game I really looked at. Dazzling.

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  al wazir: 34. Ne4, threatening 35. Rf8+ Ke7 36. Rf7+, would have given white some play. What does black do? 34...Ke7 35. Bg7+ just repeats the position. If 34...Qb5/Qb7/Qf5, then 35. Nxd6+. 34...Ne1+ 35. Kg3 accomplishes nothing.
Oct-22-15  RookFile: This is a modern game of chess if ever there was one.
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  al wazir: Make that 34. Ne4, threatening 35. Rf8+ Ke7 36. Ng5.
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  beatgiant: <al wazir> White's counterplay appears to fizzle after 35. Ne4 Qe7. What follow-up do you have in mind?
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  HeMateMe: The heading says "Luzern." Do they mean Lucerne switzerland, with an alternate spelling?
Oct-22-15  Nerwal: Lucerne's official language is German, and what is spelt Lucerne in English and French is written Luzern in German.
Oct-22-15  offramp: Most places in Switzerland have names in French, German and Italian (sometimes Romanche). It seems to be a lottery as to which version we use in English.

Personally I've always thought of Switzerland as essentially a Germanic country. Its Weltanschauung seems German.

Oct-22-15  morfishine: <PB> Thats an understatement
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  alexmagnus: <Most places in Switzerland have names in French, German and Italian (sometimes Romanche). It seems to be a lottery as to which version we use in English.>

In Switzerland itself mostly the name in the official language of the region is used. With multilingual regions it's a bit diffucult (f.x. Biel/Bienne, which is actually named this way in Wikipedia!)

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  kevin86: Kasparov can make the pieces sing!
Nov-18-16  Saniyat24: Could Korchnoi have played 29.Ne3 instead of Ne5?
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  beatgiant: <Saniyat24>
On 29. Ne3, at minimum Black has 29...Qxd2+ winning a piece.
Dec-08-16  Saniyat24: <beatgiant: How about 29. Qe4?
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  beatgiant: <Saniyat24>
On 29. Qxe4 Qxe4 30. Nxe4 Bxa1 is a big material advantage for Black and probably a won ending.
Apr-15-18  gidguy2000: Can someone explain the downside of 33.Ne4?

I was going over the game with Seirwan's "Winning Chess Brilliancies" and he notes that 33.Ra8 is the way to go (and I trust he is right!) But it also seems that 33.Ne4 stops the threats of Qxd7 and Qf2+. Even 33....Qxd5 isn't a problem due to the fork on f6.

What am I missing?

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <gidguy2000: Can someone explain the downside of 33.Ne4?>

33..Qxe4 is check.

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  ChessHigherCat: FishStick thinks the obvious 20. fxe5 is much better than the game line 20. Bxe4. I was wondering about that...
Jan-20-20  Whitehat1963: Stockfish suggests:

24. Nc2 Qb7 25. Rab1 Qc8 26. fxe5 Rxf1 27. Qxf1 Bxe5 28. Ne2 Rf8 29. Bf4 g5 30. Qg2 gxf4 31. gxf4+ Bg7 32. Rg1 Rf7 33. Bxh7+ Kxh7 34. Qg6+ Kg8 35. Qxh5 Qe8 36. Qf3 Kf8 37. Rg2 Qb8 38. Ng3 Qb2 39. Rf2 Bd4 40. Nxd4 Qxd4 41. f5 Bc8 42. Ra2 Bb7 43. Qg4 Qxd5 44. Re2 Re7 45. Rf2 Ke8 46. h4 Re1 47. Qf4 Qe5 48. Qxe5+ Rxe5 49. h5 Kf7 50. Kh3 c4 51. h6 c3 52. h7 Re8 53. Kg4 Kg7 54. Rc2 Rc8 55. Ne2 Kxh7 56. Rxc3 Rxc3 57. Nxc3 Bc6 58. Kf4 Kg7 59. Ne2 Kf6 =

Jan-20-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: Concerning the circumstances of this game, the tension of that time (Victor "the terrible" Korchnoi, the two/three-times vice world champion, who left the Soviet Union six years years ago, against the new Soviet star Garry Kasparov, who was predicted to challenge Karpov for the crown), and what happened on the board, this is one of the most dramatic games in the history of the royal game. These are the games, why people will play chess forever!
Nov-12-20  fisayo123: Far from the most accurate game these two titans ever played but one can understand , particularly with the incredible atmosphere around this game with Korchnoi the "defector" , the situation with the handshake and Karpov apparently trying to embarass the rising superstar Kasparov by having him play Korchnoi with black (according to Kasparov).

One of the greatest and most dramatic games in chess Olympiad history. And according to Garry this game and the intrigue around it allowed him to seal his 1st chess Oscar of his career.

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