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Fabiano Caruana vs Viktor Korchnoi
"The Old Man and the C" (game of the day Feb-16-2013)
Gibraltar Masters (2011), La Caleta GIB, rd 2, Jan-26
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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Feb-16-13  King Sacrificer: Superb game and great pun. Old man battles for hours to catch the big young fish and he never gives up.

And what a brave move <13...g5> is. It says "all in!"

Feb-16-13  Abdel Irada: Curious. I've read _The Old Man and the Sea_ but never watched the movie based on it.

Not only to catch the fish, <KS>, but also to fend off the shark on the way back to shore, when he was already exhausted. That's where he really had to reach for his last reserves of stamina and resolve.

Feb-16-13  kevin86: It looks like white's position is about to collapse.
Feb-16-13  SuperPatzer77: Not bad for an old man, huh???

I bet my boots Fabiano Caruana has been learning the tough lessons from the great Viktor Korchnoi.

Hell of a game by the great Viktor Korchnoi!!


Feb-16-13  diagonal: Just for days ago, chessgames kibitzer <FSR> twittered <The Old Man and the C> – what a splendid idea – and already is offering us Caruana vs. Korchnoi, Gibraltar 2011, as game of the day:

Great Pun for a Great Game!

Feb-16-13  hellopolgar: This could be the last "good" game by the legendary Viktor Korchnoi
May-21-13  hellopolgar: This is the first and the last time that someone who is 80 years old (rounded) beats someone who is rated over 2720+.
May-03-14  morfishine: He may have aged into a crotchety, irascible old man, but this guy should sure play chess
Jun-26-14  mlcm: "morfishine: 29...Bxd3 was like a torpedo amidship
Seems as though White had to play 30.Qf6+ to exchange Queens", But that is hopeless: 30...., Qxf6; 31. Rxf6, Rxg2, threatning mate "and all that jazz"
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  HeMateMe: chessbase notes that Fabs was a 2700 player at the time of this game, and he was also 61 years younger than Korchnoi.
Jun-06-16  Thrajin: Rest in peace, Viktor Korchoi. This game will always be your swan song to me.
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  Keyser Soze: Not bad for an 80 y.older huh?
May-03-17  ZackyMuhammad: Amazing game from 80years old
Aug-07-18  1d410: Playing like Korchnoi must be how to beat this generation! Wei Yi and the younger guys should study Korchnoi's games to get theirs!
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  Fusilli: <Thrajin: Rest in peace, Viktor Korchoi. This game will always be your swan song to me.>


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  Fusilli: <morfishine: He may have aged into a crotchety, irascible old man, but this guy should sure play chess.>

Yup, crotchety, irascible young men usually end up as crotchety, irascible old men. But again, what a phenomenal player he was.

May-28-19  wtpy: Fusilli, It would certainly be strange if getting older made you less irritable, at least until dementia takes its hold. And then you are likely to still be irascible, you just might not remember why.
Oct-11-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: Maybe this is the last eternal game in Victor Lvovich's long-lasting chess career: a win at the age of 79 years with the black pieces in his beloved Ruy Lopez against a later contender for the world's crown - very, very impressive indeed!
Jun-07-20  SirChrislov: Four years ago, on a day like today
(06, Jun,2016) Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85. I found this nice article from the NY times:

<At 79, ‘Viktor the Terrible’ Outsmarts an 18-Year-Old> By DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN Published: January 29, 2011

The game’s mental and physical toll eventually forces most top players to stop competing. And those who continue to play tend to avoid the elite tournaments where the pressure is greatest.

Then there is Viktor Korchnoi.

He was a top player for more than 30 years and competed for the world title three times. The last of those battles was in 1981, when he was 50. Four years ago, when he was 75, he was still ranked No. 85 in the world.

Korchnoi will be 80 in March, and his ranking has slipped to No. 460. But he can still be a formidable opponent, and he has lost little of his zest for competition. (He earned the nickname Viktor the Terrible partly because of the way he reacted when he lost.)

He is currently entered in the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. The tournament, in Gibraltar, has become a magnet for top players, and Korchnoi was seeded 38th.

After winning his first game, he faced Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the second round. The contrast between the two could not be more pronounced. Caruana, 18, is No. 25 in the world and is expected to breach the top 10 soon. As for Korchnoi, well, he probably has socks that are older than Caruana. <(LOL!)>

Though circumstances clearly favored Caruana, the old lion won in the end.

Korchnoi chose the Ruy Lopez opening, which is named after a 16th-century Spanish bishop who wrote a treatise about the system.

Caruana, rather than entering one of the systems that Korchnoi has played for decades, chose 5 d3, a quiet and relatively meek variation.

Korchnoi is known for his defense. But he also can attack, and once Caruana traded off his dark-squared bishop, Korchnoi threw his pawns forward with 13 ... g5, trusting in the power of his bishops.

Caruana’s 14 h3 was a mistake because it gave Korchnoi a target for his pawns; 14 Nc4, which would have created a retreat for his king knight, would have been better. Still, chances were about equal after 22 ... Rg8.

Caruana erred by playing 23 Qg3. He was afraid that after 23 ... g3, Korchnoi could have attacked down the h file. Caruana should have played 23 Rd1. For example, after 23 ... g3 24 Nf1 Qh4 25 d4, White’s development would have given him the advantage. After 23 ... gf3, Korchnoi had the edge, and he knew how to use it.

Korchnoi missed some chances to shorten the game (for example, 34 ... Rh5), but the result was no longer in doubt.

This is the game vs the young Caruana Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011 , Rest peaceful Mr. Korchnoi.

Garry Kasparov, the world champion who defeated Mr. Korchnoi in a 1983 match, wrote in the preface of Mr. Korchnoi’s autobiography, “Chess is My Life”, “In all of history you cannot find another player with his long-lived discipline, vigour and ferocity.”

Jun-08-20  ajile: 47.Kg4 is answered by 47..d4 game over.
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  Check It Out: I was watching some Nakamura streaming and he mentioned this game and noted that CG titled it "The old man and the C" and had a good chuckle.

Naka has been in these here parts!

Aug-23-21  Z4all: <Nakamura>, like Sauron, has an all-seeing eye.
Aug-23-21  areknames: A wonderful pun for a truly wonderful and remarkable game.
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  PawnSac: < Check It Out: Naka has been in these here parts! >

He probably has undisclosed accounts for every chess site on the web.

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This was the 4th and last game between Fab and Victor. Fab won the first 3 in 2008. My guess.. Victor was smarting from the 2 Ruy losses and prepared a little surprise for Fabi.

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