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Viktor Korchnoi vs Oleg Romanishin
"Oleg To Stand On" (game of the day Oct-12-2021)
Rubinstein Memorial (1992), Polanica-Zdroj POL, rd 3, Aug-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A29)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-08  zoren: 25. Rg3 is a masterful defensive stroke, which had to be seen on move 22.
Oct-08-08  ksr: Korch might have seen it by move 19.Otherwise what was the purpose oh the Rook lift.I am sure Korch had no plans od doubling rooks as thr other rook remains out of play. Pressure on C file can be done from C1 square. Moving to a3 servers no purpose. So only possible destination square was g3 or h3.
Oct-12-08  DiscoJew: he say it at 18 with e5! a forceful move usually has a wise follow up. Great sicilian by white.
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  FSR: Oleg To Stand On.
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  perfidious: Incisive play by Korchnoi, featuring an elegant, long-foreseen retort which stifles Black's dreams of attack in 25.Rg3, at precisely the moment when Romanishin may have imagined he had got somewhere.
Nov-29-19  SpiritedReposte: <28.cxb7!> An appearance of a second queen ends any illusions of fighting on.
Nov-29-19  ewan14: Black's rook on a6 did not do much
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  OhioChessFan: Pretty good pun. Korchnoi takes an unassuming opening and blasts Romanishin off the board in 28 moves.
Oct-12-21  ndg2: Post- prime Viktor still dangerous tactically!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Good pun, good game, good start to the week so far.
Oct-12-21  areknames: Impressive game and really good pun. 25.Rg3 is beautiful and winning and (as others have pointed out) had to be envisaged long in advance but it's also the only move. Still, very Korchnoiesque.
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  perfidious: The esteemed <FSR> had to wait a mere eight years-plus for the pun to come good.
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  al wazir: 22...Rxe6 fatally weakened black's back rank. Why didn't he play 22...Bxe6 ?
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  al wazir: Not that anyone cares, but "Oleg" is pronounced so that it sounds more or less like all-YEK, with the accent on the second syllable.
Oct-12-21  andrewjsacks: Very fine game by Korchnoi.
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  FSR: <perfidious> A good pun is like fine wine: it becomes better with age. I'm not sure what my record is for the longest wait, but it's longer than the 8 years and 8 months here. This makes 13 straight months where chessgames has used at least one of my puns.
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  FSR: <al wazir: 22...Rxe6 fatally weakened black's back rank. Why didn't he play 22...Bxe6 ?>

Then 23.d5 wins a piece with no muss and fuss. Romanishin played 22...Re6 because he was counting on the counterattack with ...Rg6 and ...Qg5 to save him. Obviously he overlooked 25.Rg3! fxg3 26.fxg3! when White threatens both the bishop and back-rank mate.

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  Messiah: I don't get the pun.
Oct-12-21  saturn2: A white Dragon defence
Oct-12-21  Ironmanth: What a game! Y'all stay safe out there today!
Oct-12-21  goodevans: <FSR [...] Romanishin played 22...Re6 because he was counting on the counterattack with ...Rg6 and ...Qg5 to save him.>

That was no doubt also his reasoning behind the otherwise baffling <19...Bh6>.

Even more baffling are the SF annotations to this game. Most of them are best ignored. It's right however to award a '?' to <12...Bf6> which blocks the f-file. Black would have done better to push <12...f4> whilst the R was still supporting it.

Oct-12-21  Johnraho: White?s Queen never moves. Love it.
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  PawnSac: < ndg2: Post- prime Viktor still dangerous tactically! >

even into his senior years Victor was a force to recon with. All time great player and pioneer of the modern French lines.

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  FSR: <Johnraho> Tim KrabbĂ© noted that at the 9th Euwe Memorial (1995), Kasparov twice kept his queen on d8 the entire game. He won Topalov vs Kasparov, 1995, but lost Piket vs Kasparov, 1995.
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  FSR: <Messiah> The pun is derived from the expression "He doesn't have a leg to stand on."
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