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Viktor Korchnoi vs Vasja Pirc
URS-YUG (1957), Leningrad URS, rd 8, Jul-??
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1-0



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Sep-06-07  MadBishop: Beating Pirc at home! I've noticed a pattern in the way Korchnoi disposes of his opponents:

1) Outmanoevre
2) Sacrifice
3)Regain material with interest
4) Rip through opponents position with material advantage

Well, its worked for him for over 60 years so it can't be that bad of a system, now can it? ;-)

Dec-19-07  lentil: korchnoi's other strategy:
1) get outmaneouvered
2) accept sacrifice.
3) beat off raging attack
4) win with extra material or lose on time
Dec-19-07  Riverbeast: This game should be titled 'Siege of Leningrad II'
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  HeMateMe: VK: Your opening stinks!

P: Why you say that?

VK: I lose final, game 30 to the Worm from Perm, in championship in the Philippines!

p: Maybe you lose anyway, no matter what opening is used?

VK: Your opening is uglier than Petrosian's moves! How could I have been so fooled?

P: You need to learn humility, Viktor. I'm going to schedule you for Yoga and meditation classes.

VK: Meditation? There is CHESS to be played! Who has time for such nonsense?

P: The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers used to mediate, before big games--they won the world championships 11 times, with Zen master Phil Jackson!

VK: This "Zen Master"--he is a chess player?

P: Well...sort of. He had to visualize, and find the best places on a basketball court, for Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant!

VK: What about this Dennis Rodman, the one with the blue hair who dresses like a Babushka? Is he a chessplayer?

P: I don't think so. Too hyperactive to sit still.

VK: Maybe coach Zen Master could use Dennis Rodman as his "submarine piece", who could emerge anywhere on the court, at anytime, to wreak havoc?

P: That kind of happens anyway. He requested that he be able to play his last game naked, before retiring.

VK: Suddenly, it feels better to talk about Karpov...

Dec-26-11  invas0rX: korchnoi dont like the pirc hahaha
Jan-30-16  ndg2: Had this game right now in the tactics section on Chesstempo. Kortchnois 11.fg is weak. Instead 11.Qxc3 wins a whole piece. See: 11..Qxc3 12.fg Qxc2+ 13.Kxc2 Rg8. If the queen moves elsewhere on move 12 we wun the queen back with gh=Q and are a whole rook up.

It's reassuring to know that Viktor didn't play better than me :-)

Apr-15-16  jemptymethod: Can 4.Bf4 be dubbed "the Korchnoi variation"? Are there earlier examples?
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  beatgiant: <jemptymethod>
Use the "find similar games" link. The earliest example I found is E Schallopp vs E Varain, 1893 and there are a couple of others before this game. Korchnoi played it once, Kholmov three times. Maybe "the Kholmov variation"?
Apr-16-16  jemptymethod: @beatgiant thanks, I've overlooked the "find similar games" link for years
Jun-28-18  TrczkWszczinsk: Indeed, 11.? would give a very good Thursday puzzle. Who knows, perhaps VK saw it but didn't want to end the game so early?!?

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