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Igor Stohl vs Viktor Korchnoi
Tilburg (1993), Tilburg NED, Nov-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1-0



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Mar-26-05  bronx27: Typical Korchnoi... Stubborn right to the very end !
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  Benzol: Why did he bother to play the last eight moves without playing out the mate? Was Stohl in time trouble? BTW is this the same guy that recently did the book on Kasparov's best games?
Mar-05-06  pyryk: <Benzol> Yep, he's the author.
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  Benzol: <pyryk> Thanks mate.


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  Gypsy: White to play has a (study-like) win.

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<76.f6! Rd2+ 77.Ke1 Rxd3 78.f7 Bh6 79.Rb6+ Ke7 80.Rxh6...>

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The underwiting idea of the whole combo goes 80...Ra3 81.Rh8! Kxf7 82.a7 Rxa7 83.Rh7+...

<80....Kxf7 81.Rh8! Kg7 82.a7 Kxh8 83.a8=Q+...>

A very fine endgame win!

May-16-06  vizir: great game
Nov-09-06  Whitehat1963: An excellent game for study, but the resignation should have come as soon as 90. Qg6+ was played.
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  plang: Players normally resign when they feel they have no chance of saving the game. Criticizing someone for resigning "too late" is pointless. There are no "stly points" for resigning at the "right time". I recall the embarassment when Kasparov resigned to Deep Blue in 1997 when, in fact, there was a saving line.
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: sometimes i don't resign when i'm down two pieces! but lots of people resign when they're down a queen!
Jan-10-09  WhiteRook48: Korchnoi is well known for not resigning. :-)
Jan-14-09  WhiteRook48: why not 98...Kg8 99. Kg6 Kh8 100. Qf8#? that way he REALLY doesn't resign.
Jan-22-09  WhiteRook48: Pardon the truly awful pun suggested, but Korchnoi was Stohling (stalling) not to lose earlier.
Feb-19-09  WhiteRook48: the resignation should have come after 82 a7
Feb-27-09  WhiteRook48: he was Stohling for time
Sep-27-15  The Kings Domain: They sure went the whole nine yards.
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  offramp: I wonder if it's possible that Kortschnoi's games were like this throughout his career, but that only since the electronic chessboard revolution that every move has been recorded? And that previously this game would have been given as ending 90.Qg6+ 1-0.
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  GrahamClayton: <Gypsy>A very fine endgame win!

The tactics work due to the fact that the Black king on d6 means that 78...♗c5 doesn't cover the f8 square.

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