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Garry Kasparov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Skelleftea World Cup (1989), Skelleftea SWE, rd 1, Aug-??
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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Sep-23-06  pencuse: Kasparov didn't give Korchnoi to develop his pieces. Korchnoi forced to play a lot of pawn moves. This left all of his bishops and rooks undeveloped.
Jan-01-07  gogulko: Dzindzichashvili analyzed this in his Roman's Lab: Mastering Chess Series, volum 3, lesson 12 (or 13).
Jun-14-07  nelech: instead of 22...Ka6 why not 22...Kb5 ?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: If 22...Kb5 then 23.Nb3 with the threat of 24.Nd4+ Kxb4 25.Ba5# is very strong. If 23...Kxb4 24.Nd4 then Black has no way to deal with the threat 25.Ba5#, for if 24...Ba4 25.Rab1+ Ka3 26.Ba5 threatening 27.Ra1+ Kb2 28.Rcb1#, which there is no way to stop (26...Bc2 27.Rxc2 Ka4 28.Rc4+ Kxa5 29.Nc6+ Ka6 30.Ra4#). 23...a5 holds off mate for a moment, but after 24.Bxa5 Black must give up yet more material to hold off mate (Crafty says +6.95 14-ply and rising over time...)
Jun-14-07  nelech: I see . Thanks
Jun-08-08  artyom2008: why did viktor give up
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  keypusher: <artyom2008: why did viktor give up>

23...Kb7 24.Nd8+ Kc8 (24...Rxd8 is better but obviously hopeless) 25.Ba5+ Kd7 26.Rc7+ Kd6 27.Rd1+ Ke5 28.Re1+ wins the bishop.

Aug-05-11  DrMAL: A favorite game between the two, Korchnoi's early aggression (3...d5) is met by Kasparov giving a pawn (via 7.d4) for development lead and his opponent's king in the center.

After 11...f6 aiming for 12...e5 Kasparov's reply 12.e5! offers a second pawn (b4) but it makes K-side development more difficult still. I think 11...e6 was a better move. If 12.e5?! Bxb4+! and if 12.O-O f6 13.e5 is met by 13...f5 for an uncomfortable but basically equal game (14.Rfd1+ Ke8).

12...Bg4 was rather weak because of what Kasparov played, simply 12...Bd7 was better. But 14...fxe5 was surely a mistake, it gave a free pawn. Perhaps 14...Kc7 was best, there are no good moves but several better than what was played. 15...Ke8 was probably the better choice as well.

With 16...Bh5 (instead of 16...Bf5) black yet again moves inaccurately. Now 18.Rfc1+ is practically winning.

<artyom2008: why did viktor give up> Best for black is: 23.Nc6+! Kb7 24.Nd8+! Rxd8 25.Bxd8 and black is down R+P for B with still bad position (24...Kc8 is worse 25.Ba5+ Kd7 26.Rc7+ Kd6 27.Rd1+ Ke5 28.Re1+ loses the bishop for starters).

Jul-19-14  Howard: This game was played in the first round, in fact. Great start for Kasparov---mediocre start for Korchnoi.

The latter didn't do well in this tournament.

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