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Viktor Korchnoi vs Boris Spassky
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 16, Feb-05
Indian Game: Przepiorka Variation (A49)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Boy, the double fianchetto really ripped Black apart!
May-22-07  willyfly: This was the 1,000th game to be added to the new <Guess the Move> Database.
Dec-13-15  zydeco: Korchnoi on this game:

"Against the King's Indian I adopted a comparatively new method of play, 5.b3, which was later to become popular at master level, and without much difficulty obtained an overwhelming advantage. Incidentally, when playing against Spassky I inevitably experienced difficulty if I met him in the first half of a tournament, but if the draw brought us together in the second half, things were difficult for him. Putting great efforts into every game, Spassky was clearly lacking in strength at the end of a protracted event."

Dec-13-15  Howard: Korchnoi, for some reason, hardly ever played the Kings Indian (neither did Karpov, come to think of it). He simply flat-out didn't believe in that opening, but I don't know why.
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  perfidious: Timman is another great who has had little use for the KID and wrote as much in one of his works in annotations to one of those rare instances on which he had a go.

Portisch and Petrosian were two more top players who seldom employed the opening.

Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1968 was a desperation move by Viktor the Terrible--he felt clearly up against it psychologically in that match and pulled out all stops.

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  kingscrusher: RIP Korchnoi
Jun-07-16  ewan14: Is there a source for that comment on Spassky
in protracted events ?


Jul-14-16  zydeco: <ewan14> It's in "Chess Is My Life."
Dec-21-16  Saniyat24: Korchnoi....unstoppable...!!
Dec-21-16  sudoplatov: Keres didn't play the KID much either.
Lots of this is just a matter of style.
Apr-24-18  veerar: 6...e5 seems wrong.Black should have developed his QB and QN by moves 6 and 7.Back rank weakness tells.6...c6 followed by the B and N moves may also be better.Lesson:- Develop your pieces,quickly!

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