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Spassky - Korchnoi Match

Viktor Korchnoi4/8(+2 -2 =4)[games]
Boris Spassky4/8(+2 -2 =4)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-0472009Spassky - Korchnoi MatchE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
2. Spassky vs Korchnoi ½-½462009Spassky - Korchnoi MatchC00 French Defense
3. Korchnoi vs Spassky ½-½502009Spassky - Korchnoi MatchE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
4. Spassky vs Korchnoi ½-½222009Spassky - Korchnoi MatchC14 French, Classical
5. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1262009Spassky - Korchnoi MatchA28 English
6. Spassky vs Korchnoi 0-1352009Spassky - Korchnoi MatchC49 Four Knights
7. Korchnoi vs Spassky 0-1462009Spassky - Korchnoi MatchE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. Spassky vs Korchnoi ½-½112009Spassky - Korchnoi MatchC42 Petrov Defense
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Dec-26-09  OJC: <<The Rocket> <Its pretty embarrasing if spassky loses this match, after all regardless of how inactive he has been, korchnoi is still 78!.> Spassky has got nothing to be embarrased about. His performance is great! Even if he ends up losing. Korchnoi might be 78 but he is still active as hell as opposed to Spassky. So one would think he would out perform Spassky just like the way Kasparov outperformed Karpov. Now that was embarrasing! Spassky's performance only goes to show what a great player he truly is.>

Is age really more than a minor factor here? Spassky, who turns 73 next month, has a "youthful edge" of less than 6 years. And he has had a stroke which he seems to have fully recovered from. I too think the lack of practice is more of a handicap than the age difference and am impressed with Spassky's performance.

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  alexmagnus: <being 78 is a ten times worse disadvantage then playin chess for all your life and then retiring like spassky did.....>Unless your name is Korchnoi. Or Celso Golmayo Zupide:

Anyway, age is overrated.

Dec-26-09  The Rocket: wow I have to admit I had no idea spassky was as old as 73... well ok then its not such a big deal if he wouldve lost the match
Dec-26-09  WhiteRook48: spassky should've tried to win the last one
Dec-26-09  The Rocket: agreed he played a very drawish variation forcing a queen trade.. very strange he has white.. what is he afraid of?
Dec-26-09  I play the Fred: Korchnoi has played non-stop for like 60 years, while Spassky has been an occasional player for 25. That considered, Spassky performed very strongly to draw with Korchnoi.
Dec-26-09  talisman: who said this about Korchnoi? "....but he has no chess talent."?
Dec-26-09  Winter: <who said this about Korchnoi? "....but he has no chess talent."?>

The man seated opposite him, Boris Spassky.

Dec-26-09  talisman: <Winter> Bingo baby!
Dec-27-09  Red October: I heard a different variation of this, it goes something like this..

Spassky while giving an interview says I know the one thing that Korchnoi lacks to become World Champion, the journalist almost leaps out of his chair asking "What? What!? What is the one thing Korchnoi lacks" and Spassky calmly replies "Chess Talent"...

Dec-27-09  Octavia: It's really nice that Fide arranged this match for them - and nicer still that they drew!
Dec-27-09  Petrosianic: Wow, if even Korchnoi can wimp out with a Petroff Defense, what's the world coming to?
Dec-27-09  The Rocket: Spassky is one of the biggest chess prodigys of all time, in fact probably as talented as kasparov, kramnik and fischer, but he was lazy.

in terms of pure chess playing skills perhaps the other guys are stil slightly better.. we will never really know because spassky did not train like they did.

Dec-27-09  turbo231: No games today. Sunday must be Spassky's Sabbath day, mine also, even though Saturday is the real Sabbath. Well with the Julian calendar which day is the Sabbath day? Also how many calendars do they have in the world? Let's see you have the Jewish, Christian, Julian, and what else.... Chinese....
Dec-28-09  dx9293: <The Rocket: Spassky is one of the biggest chess prodigys of all time, in fact probably as talented as kasparov, kramnik and fischer, but he was lazy.>


Dec-29-09  ewan14: Spassky never collapsed against Fischer
in 1972 the way Petrosian did in 1971

and Petrosian did not have to put up with as much of Fischer's '' high jinks ''

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  TheFocus: As someone said on the Fischer page today "Spassky collapsed in the first half of the match." He played stronger in the end.
Dec-29-09  raychandler: The games seem of poor quality for grandmaster of their experience and level. The draws (except for the last, which seems prearranged) are more interesting than the wins.
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  HeMateMe: I guess it was sort of a "Big Sleep."
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  Jim Bartle: Fitting in a way, because nobody understood what the heck happened in the "Big Sleep" either. Hawks and Faulkner had to call up Chandler and ask about the plot, and Chandler didn't know either.
Dec-30-09  waustad: A match that would be very interesting at this stage of their careers but will never happen is another Korchnoi vs Karpov match. It might not go as well for Karpov as he would hope, even though he has a huge age advantage. Their ratings are now similar. Sadly Smyslov seems to have stopped playing. I've heard that he is nearly blind. In 1957 that wouldn't have been as much of a problem as now. People in their latter 80s really don't remember as well as they used to.
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  HeMateMe: Karpov/Korchnoi 2009 would just be painful to watch. I remember following the '78 match in newspaper artices; I think Robert Byrne covered every game in the New York times. And there were a LOT of games to cover, 31 i think. It was a titanic struggle, east v. west. The Worm from Perm vs. Viktor the Terrible. Everyone I knew was rooting for Korchnoi. YOu get no support if you're representing the communist party of the Soviet Union.

the '92 Fischer/Spassky rematch wasn't really embarrassing, as they were both around age 50 and still pretty strong players.

The only rematch that would really interest me right now, would be Kasparov/Kramnik or Kasparov/Topalov.

Dec-31-09  AnalyzeThis: It's amusing that Spassky and Korchnoi can get together to play a match, and the focus is on Bobby Fischer. Lol.
Apr-21-12  MICK GOBLIN: yea wearing ski goggles has to be the coolest thing that ever happened in chess. i hope some top level player dresses as darth vader some time with the deep breaths - shouting to the opponent i am your father!!! maybe nakamura can do it lol
Feb-02-19  Arturo2nd: Reputations are hard to shake. Spassky earned the reputation of being lazy and even referred to himself as such. What is overlooked is that Boris Vasilievich suffered from bouts of depression, an illness that can leave a person totally debilitated while appearing outwardly healthy. Soviet sources condemned him for poor preparation against Fischer, blithely overlooking that the authorities replaced his trainer and that Fischer had never beaten Spassky prior to the match. It can be hard to gear up for an opponent we have previously dominated.

Korchnoi was essentially self taught. He never received the early Pioneers training of most Soviet players. Even when his talent was spotted and training offered, Korchnoi for several years rebelled and rejected the training. Thus, he often overlooked simple wins or committed costly blunders. The upside was his originality and ability to find hidden defensive resources. Viktor Lvovich's reputation as an ornery character was well earned. It worked against him as much as it allowed him to succeed where the less stubborn and combative who have wilted.

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