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Alexander Morozevich vs Viktor Korchnoi
Calvia Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 2, Oct-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-05  Abaduba: I think the game is listed so often because of the "Lo, how the mighty have fallen!" feeling of seeing great players embarassed by the new generation of players. Kind of like that brilliancy prize that the 15-year-old Rajabov got against Kasparov (to make things more embarrassing, Garry jumped on the stage and protested that the win was due to a blunder and therefore was not a brilliancy), and the game where Karpov lost to 1...a3. People get sick pleasure out of seeing their heroes torn down.
Jan-18-05  chesscookie: what was the game where 1.a3 was played and Karpov lost??
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  tpstar: Karpov vs Miles, 1980
Feb-01-05  RisingChamp: That isnt really fair Miles won that one fair and square and it was not some stupid blunder like Karpov vs Christiansen or Short vs Beliavsky or Short vs Krasenkow or this one.
Feb-01-05  euripides: Although simple, it's a very unusual tactical trick, which makes it harder to spot. I can't remember ever seeing a queen on d8 imperilled by Ba5 before.
Jul-27-05  DP12: Ba5 is such a simple move. Yes it is not exactly common on a5 but with N on d5 and B on e3 it is very common to have to watch out for Bb6. It could have been me beating Korchnoi. Lucky Moro, I guess this win pulls him back up to even against Korchnoi. What should Korchnoi have done instead? 12. ... 0-0 doesn't appeal to me because of Ba5 Ra7 b4. So maybe Korchnoi had it right, but instead should have played 11...c6 Ne3 Nxe3 Bxe3 Nxb3?
Aug-24-05  alexandrovm: I saw this game live at the chessbase software, a blunder by Viktor and nice move by Moro
Aug-24-05  iron maiden: It's actually a pretty common tactical trick among casual players, but it usually involves a pin; e.g. the king will be on e8 and the queen on either d7 or c6.
Oct-21-05  notyetagm: White To Play And Win: 13 ?

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Jul-19-06  A.Alekhine: This is one hell of a blunder for Viktor the Terrible
Jul-19-06  Marmot PFL: You can see black heading for trouble as he concedes white a big edge in development and weakens his own position. Ng4 is the type of "attacking" move usually made by amateurs. I am guesing this was Korchnoi's shortest ever loss.
Jul-19-06  ughaibu: Quick attacks by black can be very strong against the Lopez: Ujtumen vs A Lein, 1961 Kotelnikov vs Geller, 1979
Jul-19-06  magerk: Im not see things well today. What happens after Qd7?
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  suenteus po 147: <magerk> After 13...Qd7 then 14.Nc7+ wins the rook and a huge material advantage. It would have been near hopeless to play on with such a deficit, even for Korchnoi.
Jul-28-07  Whitehat1963: O.K., thinking the unthinkable for a moment, how bad would it be to continue on with 13...cxd5 14. Bxd8 Kxd8?
Nov-04-07  sallom89: great attack by Moro .
Jun-09-08  SetNoEscapeOn: To answer <Whitehat1963> from long ago, you're going to be down the equivalent of four pawns to a significantly higher player, with no counterplay or any other form of compensation. Your king is also stuck in the middle.
Jun-09-08  hedgeh0g: To carry on from <SetNoEscapeOn>: for further reading, please consult the A1 song "Caught in the Middle" to acquire an understanding of the perils of being in such a situation.
Mar-27-09  WhiteRook48: 12...0-0 might be better
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  wordfunph: quote of the game..

"A couple of days before the Olympiad I actually showed this trick to my pupils. Unfortunately, they were not impressed. They found it too easy and asked for more difficult tasks!"

- GM Alexander Morozevich (annotating this game in NIC Magazine 2004/08)

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  fm avari viraf: Korchnoi, the furious old lion must be sleeping but Moro woke him up with his Ba5!
Aug-22-11  ahmadov: What a game, what a blunder...
Aug-22-11  ahmadov: It goes without saying that I also missed the last move while playing it through the Guess the Move...
Mar-18-13  alcoholkhine: pobre abuelo...
Oct-08-14  Xeroxx: Vodka, yes?
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