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Viktor Korchnoi vs Olivier Renet
"Rca1 Viktor" (game of the day Apr-04-2017)
Immopar Rapid (1990) (rapid), Paris FRA, May-19
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Jan-02-06  prinsallan: The ending by Korchnoi is as nice as the pun - almost.
Jan-02-06  EmperorAtahualpa: If anyone could please explain the pun to me, I would be much obliged!

p.s.: If anyone starts wondering, I refer you to my avatar. :)

p.p.s.: Excellent game!

Jan-02-06  Larsker: <If anyone could please explain the pun to me> I'm not sure but Rca1 Viktor looks like "Real victor".
Jan-02-06  Bobwhoosta: <EmperorAthualpa: The pun!?!?>

I think it has something to do with the company RCA, which makes electronics like televisions. However, I don't know of a Viktor model, so I'm halfway sure I'm wrong here.

Jan-02-06  lentil: <Bobwhoosta> you're correct. when i was a kid RCA had a record player called a Victor. (possibly a play on the older wind-up "Victrola".) there was a longstanding ad campaign for the "RCA Victor". Might have featured the dog with his ear cocked at a trumpet speaker with the caption: "His master's voice".

And since Victor played Rca1....

Jan-02-06  sitzkrieg: Would this game be an example of middlegame zugzwang or not? Geller vs Kurajica, 1977
Jan-02-06  blingice: And CG predicted people under age 50 were going to understand that?!
Jan-02-06  THE pawn: <blingice> I understood the pun as much as a dog would understand a physics exam.
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  WannaBe: The dog, featured in the RCA print ads was named 'Nipper'. =)
Jan-02-06  twinlark: <sitzkrieg> I wouldn't thinks so. Black was simply outplayed. Zugzwang essentially means that the position is basically ok except for the fact that the player has to make a move. Any move hey make will ruin their position.

It's common in endgames which have very few pieces, but not so common in the middle game, especially when the Queen is still on the board. Best example of middle game zugzwang is Nimzovich-Samisch which you can get to from <iron maiden>'s link 8 posts before yours. Game is interesting enough but just skip straight to the end position.

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  kevin86: This is a rare game where the center is very dormant-white attacks along the wings and tears blacks position to bits. He dominates along the a-file,then breaks through on the king side.
Jan-02-06  Granite: <twinlark: Zugzwang essentially means ..... Any move hey make will ruin their position.>

Black is in Zugzwang on move one!! Quick resign!! :P

Jan-02-06  Chopin: This is a very nice game- I like the final position.
Jan-02-06  sitzkrieg: <twinlark> thanks
Jan-03-06  twinlark: <sitkrieg> you're welcome.
Jan-03-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Bobwhoosta> <lentil> Thank you for your explanation.

Funny, I've never heard of the brand RCA. They probably don't produce electronics for the European market.

Interestingly enough, RCA Victor also appears to be a record label!

RCA Victor has signed artists such as Cirque du Soleil, Marianne Faithfull, Leo Kottke and the Alan Parsons Project.

Jan-11-06  prinsallan: Also, 35 Rca1 is the clencher.
Apr-04-17  Gottschalk: If Nxh7 the follow move is 48.Qg6!, right?
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  ChessHigherCat: Olivier became a GM while I was living in Paris and we were all very proud of him because he was the first of the coffee shop and Jardin du Luxembourg set to make it. He was extremely "sympathique" and unpretentious and I really feel sorry for him when I look at the opponents he had to face on his home page: Kasparov, Korchnoi, Miles, Sokolov, Bronstein (although he drew many of them and even beat the elderly Tal). Congratulations and welcome to our new boxing club, this week you'll be fighting Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, George Foreman... ouch!
Apr-04-17  offramp: I've got a pun for ya: A Fridge Too Far!!
Apr-04-17  Ironmanth: Great game! Victor just kept coming in this one, slowly strangling Black with threat after threat. Bravo.
Apr-04-17  catlover: In kibitzing back in 2006, someone asked if this was a case of middle game zugzwang. While it technically isn't zugzwang, Korchnoi sure put the squeeze on Renet.

Stockfish shows some moves where black could have improved: Stockfish didn't like 18...c5, preferring something like Qd8 or Qb6 instead. It also indicated that black's position took a hit after 25...Re6. Finally, 31...Rh6 allowed the knight check on e7 and the fork on c6. Better was 31...Re8.

Of course, the mark of a truly great player like Korchnoi is that he somehow creates positions that cause opponents to make less-than-best moves.

Apr-04-17  Strelets: Featured in IM Cyrus Lakdawala's excellent book "Korchnoi Move-by-Move." I'd recommend it to anybody interested in learning more about the player who had already won four Soviet championships before he reached the peak of his career.
Apr-05-17  offramp: <Strelets: Featured in IM Cyrus Lakdawala's excellent book "Korchnoi Move-by-Move." I'd recommend it to anybody interested in learning more about the player who had already won four Soviet championships before he reached the peak of his career.>

In terms of numbers, the midpoint of Korchnoi's long career came with this game: Korchnoi vs M Van der Linde, 1985, which is long after all his World Championship aspirations had gone.

I have not read Lakdawala's book on Korchnoi, but I have got his book on Larsen, and that book is easily <THE WORST CHESS BOOK I HAVE EVER SEEN>.
Hopefully the one on Korchnoi is much better.

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  HeMateMe: cyrus L. wouldn't be nearly as strong a player as korchnoi. Wouldn't this affect his ability to analyze the depth of VK's game?
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