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Garry Kasparov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Herceg Novi (1983) (blitz), Herceg Novi YUG
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E28)  ·  1-0



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Sep-12-05  Gowe: Incredible game by Kasparov. Very dinamic. I was amazed. Korchnoi 14. .. Nxg4!? looks a little risky, because those three pawns looks very dangerous to remove. There are a lot of moves by Kasparov that i can put a "!". Really great game.
Sep-12-05  lopium: Gods mine!! If Kasparov starts to sacrifice all around your King you should have terrible fears. This is understable....look at what follow : the end, yours.
Feb-03-08  Abejorral: Nice attack, and a fun game, altough Korchnoi Queen and bishop were horrible handled.
Feb-03-08  Bobsterman3000: 19. Raa2 is another typical Kasparov finesse move, showing patience at a time when his full-out assault was very imminent.

Aug-22-11  ToTheDeath: Vintage Kasparov.
Aug-22-11  Petrosianic: Why do you think he was drunk when he played it? (If it was Tal, I'd believe it).
Aug-22-11  ToTheDeath: Haha kudos!
May-22-12  hedgeh0g: many more pieces can Kasparov cram into Black's king position?
Jun-10-12  BlackSheep: I guess yuu have to admire Viktors cojones saccing the knight , OK he got a couple of pawns but they were irrelevant when compared to the speed of Kasparovs devastating attack .
Jul-18-15  tivrfoa: Nice game! =)
Jul-18-15  DWINS: I checked 14...Nxg4 with Stockfish 6 and Komodo 9.1 and it's not sufficient to save Korchnoi. However, the resulting position was complicated enough that both players misplayed it.

Kasparov's 16.Rf2 was a mistake and should have led to a draw. He could have kept the advantage according to the engines with 16.Kg2 Qxg4+ 17.Ng3 with an advantage of 1.19.

Korchnoi missed 17...Qf3! and the best Kasparov should have been able to do was to grab the perpetual with 18.Rg3 Qh5 19.Rg5 Qf3 20.Rg3 etc. Otherwise, it seems that Black equalizes or better. The key move in all of the variations being f5.

Of course, it's one thing to find this with the help of a computer, and quite another thing to find it over the board.

Aug-02-17  bla bla: it is a B R I L I A N T gameeeeeee
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  sachistu: This was the other game from the blitz tournament at Herceg Novi 1983. See BCM, 1983,p535, which indicates "and White duly won", so apparently more moves were played, but were not listed. Kasparov finished first with 13.5/16, Korchnoi 10.5, Tal 9.5. See BCM 1982, p.498. I'll submit a correction slip for the game type.
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  sachistu: Oops! Slight typo... it should read BCM 1983, p498 for the tournament description.
Sep-26-20  SChesshevsky: Think going through these Korchnoi-Kasparov games, especially the decisive ones, are really instructive. Seems lots of times Korchnoi goes for his preferred complications. But Kasparov sees through them and often replies with complications of his own. Many times devastating.

Figuring out why each guy is making the moves that they do seems a free lesson/puzzle in tactics and position at the highest level. Plus the games are usually very entertaining.

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