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Viktor Korchnoi vs Nikola Padevsky
Hoogovens (1968), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense Except Gligoric System (E53)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: This monster game was played in the first round of Wijk aan Zee 1968, where Korchnoi finished +10-1=4, three points ahead of the field (which included Portisch and Tal). A 106-move game might tire out some competitors, but not Viktor the Terrible...
Jan-16-08  percyblakeney: Wow, Korchnoi won his first 8 games in Wijk 1968...
Jan-16-08  percyblakeney: Maybe he lost some concentration towards the end, after starting +10 -0 =1 he dropped a piece in the opening against Portisch (and finished with three short draws after that):

Korchnoi vs Portisch, 1968

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  keypusher: <percyblakeney> Thanks for the link to the site with the games and crosstable. As you no doubt guessed, that's how I found this game.
Jan-16-08  percyblakeney: <keypusher> You're welcome, a useful site indeed and it got me checking up Korchnoi again, 1968 sure was a decent year for him:

First the three point margin win in Wijk, and also clear first in Palma de Mallorca (with Petrosian, Spassky and Larsen in the field), individual gold in the Olympiad after going +9 -0 =4, and wins against Reshevsky and Tal in Candidates matches. If it just hadn't been for that final against Spassky…

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  keypusher: <percyblakeney> Yes, and it would be more natural for Korchnoi to peak in his mid-30s rather than his mid-40s, when he finally got the WC match with Karpov. Of course Korchnoi had an unusual aging/maturation pattern. But that's a whole 'nother topic.

It was interesting to play through his games here and compare them with, say Fischer's at Buenos Aires or Rovinj-Zagreb a couple years later. The results are pretty much the same. But Fischer's games give such an impression of ease compared to Korchnoi's!

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The position looks hopeless for Black because of the distance between the pawns and the speed of mobility of the Bishop relative to the Knight, But there are resources.

97..Nc6! (Padevsky played 97..h5? And his Knight ended up on f7: passive defence is hopeless) 98 a6 (if 98 Bc3 Nxa5! =) 98..Ke5 99 Bxh6 Kxf5 100 Ke3 Ke5 =

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