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Krishnan Sasikiran vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Sas Squashed" (game of the day Dec-29-2010)
Bled Olympiad (2002), Bled SLO, rd 13, Nov-08
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-14-03  Benjamin Lau: Yet another king walk. More of a forced march though.
Jul-14-03  drukenknight: why does he put him on the open f file anyhow? A better idea might be Bc4 at some pt prior to that.
Jul-14-03  aulero: This is a great game. Korchnoi played very well. There is also a very beautiful combination if White plays 32.♖g1, that is, 32... ♖xg2+!! 33.♖xg2 ♖xg2+ 34.♔xg2 d2!
Dec-29-10  Oceanlake: I dislike 4. a3
Dec-29-10  Elsinore: I don't like Viktor Korchnoi and therefore will not be commenting on this game.
Dec-29-10  Dr. Funkenstein: I know, Korchnoi's brave defection from the Soviet Union and his sporting decision to play Kasparov in London when he would have won their candidates match by default makes him a really unlikeable guy....

Anyway, here he executes a brilliant number of pawn sacrifices to force the white king into mate. The first one 12. ...e4! brilliantly cripples white's central majority and gives his knight the e5 square. This may be theory, but if not, it's a really clever find.

Aulero's line if 32. Rg1 is particularly pleasing....

Dec-29-10  ianb902: Great game by Korchnoi!
Dec-29-10  gars: I liked it a lot! Every move by Korchnoi seems very clear.
Dec-29-10  ossipossi: It must have been awful to be under Korchnoi constant pressure. Great OTB chess.
Dec-29-10  chesschampion11: 24.♔f2?
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  Penguincw: It's a mate in two 37. ♘g6 ♖xg6 38. ♔h5 ♖f6#

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Dec-29-10  Llawdogg: Korchnoi rules! It's a nice day for a walk in the park.
Dec-29-10  WhiteRook48: Korchnoi is a good chess player
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  kevin86: My finish was a little cuter. :37 ♘g6 ♖xg6+ 38 ♔h5 ♖a6#
Dec-29-10  Jack Kerouac: I do not like myself, therefore will not be commenting on myself. Wait!
Dec-29-10  Jack Bauer: <Jack Kerouac> Drastic times call for drastic measures, right?
Dec-29-10  MTuraga: Analyzed this game with Fritz 10.

Sasikaran was Ok till move 14. The first error was slight on move 15. Rd1.

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Fritz suggests (A) 15. b3 f6 16. Qxa5 Nxa5 17 h3 or
(B)15. Qxa5 Nxa5 16. h3 both being better for White.

24. Kf2 seemed to be the error which was capitalized by Korchnoi.

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  takchess: Nice Nimzo and ending.
Dec-29-10  hstevens129: Can someone who is better than me explain why White doesn't castle?
Dec-29-10  jrlepage: Korchnoi just whammed White's position with his Big Foot on move 24 (I know, somebody HAD to make that one...).

<Elsinore> Too late, of course :)

Dec-29-10  Elsinore: DAMN!
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  plang: 10 e4?..Nxe4! would have cost White a pawn. 11 Bd2..was a new move; 11 Ne2 had been played previously. 12..e4!? was a pawn sacrifice that would have been a lot less effective if White had declined it with 13 Bc2. 15 Rd1?..f6 gave Black control of e5 with good compensation for the pawn; better would have been 15 Qxa5..Nxa5 16 h3. 25 Bc2? was an error; better would have been 25 Rd1..Kf7 26 Ke1..c4 27 Bc2 with some edge for Black. 27 Rb1 with the idea of Ke1 would have been a tougher defense.
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There should be a mate but where? If 33..g5+ 34 Kh5 Rxd3 35 Rxd3 Kg7 White defends with 36 Rf1. So Korchnoi uncorked 33..Bd7!! 34 Nxe5 g5+ 35 Kh5 Be8+ 36 Kh6 Rd6+ (this move was made possible by White’s capture of the e pawn).

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