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Daniel Stellwagen vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Father Time" (game of the day Jan-01-2009)
NH Chess (2008), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, Aug-26
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  0-1



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Aug-26-08  JonathanJ: korchnoi's sixth decisive game. he dominated this game the whole time.
Aug-27-08  savagerules: Stellwagen must have had illusions of being vintage Karpov when Anatoly and Viktor had many Open Lopez encounters during matches. Mr Stellwagen you're no Karpov.
Aug-27-08  TheBB: From the report:

Everyone who was still present in the playing room looked on in admiration how the 77-year-old grandmaster won his second game. As Stellwagen left the room angrily muttering to himself, Kortchnoi gave his brief comments on what he felt had happened. But first he pointed out that (following l’Ami two days ago) this was the second Dutch player who, in the ending, had played on a rook down. <‘They don’t believe I can still play’>, he added ironically, forgetting in his criticism that he had sinned against the chess etiquette when he ‘forgot’ to write down his moves in time-trouble. Then he praised his opponent for his opening play and the new idea he had come up with. <‘But he really wanted to beat me. Not only that, he wanted to mate me!’>

Jan-01-09  Mostolesdude: Happy New Year!!!
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  al wazir: 75. Kg3 (what else is there?) Rg8 76. Nf6 Rg6 77. Ne4+ Kd4 78. Nf2 Ke3 79. Nd1+ Kd2 80. Nf2 Ke2, and white has to give up the ♙ or the ♘.
Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: haven't seen 5...Nxe4 played. I always assumed it was some trap that all grandmasters knew they should avoid. Not so much of a trap? ?
Jan-01-09  WhoKeres: Korchnoi is vastly underrated as an endgame player. He is on a par with Capablanca, Rubinstein, and Smyslov in my opinion. In this game an extra pawn plus the edge of a bishop versus a knight is an easy win for Korchnoi, after surviving the White opening attack.
Jan-01-09  arnaud1959: <‘They don’t believe I can still play’> Neither I believe it but he still does it and he does even more; he wins! This guy will die on a chessboard after winning his last game I think.
Jan-01-09  Alphastar: <WhiteRook48> only, what would you do if someone played it versus you?

It's good when you know what grandmasters (usually) play, but so much better when you also know why they play it.

Jan-01-09  TheChessGuy: Korchnoi plays the Open Spanish, just like in his battles with Karpov! Probably the strongest player (him or Paul Keres) to never win the World Championship.
Jan-01-09  Open Defence: the strongest player never to "win" the World Championship was / is Karpov

by the strange quirks of fate he got the title by forfeit, (Fischer and then when Kasparov broke away to form the PCA)

but of course Korchnoi now probably pips Keres to the post for strongest player never to become World Champion

Jan-01-09  Chicago Chess Man: So where did white go wrong. Was 26 h4 a mistake? Or possibly 27. Bg5?
Jan-01-09  pbernh: I have two questions, based on what I would be tempted to play, that I hope someone can help me with. 1) why was black not tempted to move ...c5 before he did on move 20? 2) why is 43...Rxa3 and the advance of the a and b pawns a bad idea?
Jan-01-09  Snow Man: Good God man! You have to know when your position is ripe for resignation!! There are certain positions where, if you play on, you're just being an ass....
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  kevin86: A rook behind ends white before his time. lol
Jan-02-09  Riverbeast: <There are certain positions where, if you play on, you're just being an ass....>

Maybe Stellwagen was hoping the old man would expire before he could win the game!

I love that Korchnoi, at his advanced age, is still beating on the 'whippersnappers'....And dancing on the graves of all the other GMs of his generation (especially the ones from the Soviet Union who disrespected him, criticized him in the press, etc).

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