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Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors) Tournament

Viktor Korchnoi7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Evgeni Vasiukov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Lajos Portisch5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Borislav Ivkov4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Oleg L Chernikov4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Aleksander S Nikitin4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Wolfgang Uhlmann4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Anatoly Bykhovsky3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Mark Taimanov2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Ivkov ½-½592011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
2. Anatoly Bykhovsky vs Korchnoi 0-1522011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)C47 Four Knights
3. Vasiukov vs O Chernikov  1-0622011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)B53 Sicilian
4. I Zaitsev vs Ivkov  1-0402011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
5. Uhlmann vs Portisch 0-1322011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. Nikitin vs Taimanov  ½-½182011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Korchnoi vs I Zaitsev 1-0382011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. O Chernikov vs Nikitin  0-1442011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Ivkov vs Uhlmann  1-0352011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)A38 English, Symmetrical
10. I Zaitsev vs Taimanov  1-0502011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Anatoly Bykhovsky vs O Chernikov  ½-½312011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)B27 Sicilian
12. Nikitin vs Portisch 0-1312011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)C45 Scotch Game
13. Vasiukov vs Uhlmann 0-1422011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)C02 French, Advance
14. Portisch vs Vasiukov  ½-½292011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)A80 Dutch
15. Taimanov vs Anatoly Bykhovsky  ½-½242011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)A13 English
16. Portisch vs O Chernikov 0-1482011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)A50 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Anatoly Bykhovsky vs Nikitin  ½-½122011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Korchnoi vs Uhlmann 1-0332011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. Taimanov vs Portisch  ½-½392011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. I Zaitsev vs Vasiukov  0-1472011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)B10 Caro-Kann
21. Ivkov vs O Chernikov  0-1592011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)A15 English
22. Uhlmann vs Taimanov  ½-½482011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
23. Anatoly Bykhovsky vs Ivkov  ½-½192011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)B06 Robatsch
24. Nikitin vs I Zaitsev 1-0172011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)C45 Scotch Game
25. Ivkov vs Portisch  ½-½262011Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors)D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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  Dionysius1: And having fun.
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  diagonal: Viktor Korchnoi achieved a convincing victory, five wins, four draws, and only player to remain undefeated.

After Taimanov, clear last, Korchnoi was already the second oldest of the ten participants - he is becoming the Methuselah of Chess.

survey from my earlier posting on Korchnoi's chessgames - page: <Those were the days: Aleksander Nikitin (best known for his years as successful chief trainer / second of Kasparov), Igor Zaitsev (one of Karpov's main trainers / analysts and seconds in a number of World Championship matches against Korchnoi and Kasparov; well-known also for his contributions to opening theory, especially in the Ruy Lopez), Mark Taimanov (who has at least once beaten six world chess champions, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, but reminds most famous for his notorious match loss against Fischer forty years ago), and as notable non-ex-soviets: Wolfgang Uhlmann (one of the leading French Defense experts; with Botvinnik and Korchnoi as Giants of the French), Lajos Portisch and Borislav Ivkov, the first ever Chess World Junior Champion sixty years ago... - and the indomitable Viktor Korchnoi: These legendary players from the Botvinnik era compete in a round robin rapid tournament with the time control of 25min + 10 sec/move. Chief arbiter is Yuri Averbakh, currently the world’s oldest living grandmaster. Averbakh turns ninety next year.

Unfortunately Boris Spassky, the world’s oldest living chess champion, who was also set to make an appearance, could not take part, eventually GM Oleg Chernikov took his place.>

homepage with final crosstable:

Aug-23-11  HeMateMe: Nice to have such a strong tournament, celebrating a world champion. Maybe Bobby Fischer will get a memorial tournament, when things settle down a bit...
Aug-23-11  Bdellovibrio: <HeMateMe> maybe they ought to rename the blitz championship that follows the Tal memorial as so: "Fischer memorial blitz"
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  paulalbert: I have been sponsoring a Bobby Fischer Memorial Blitz Tournament( in March of 2010 and March of 2011 at the Marshall Chess Club in NY ) which I intend to continue. We've gotten good GM participation, but it's an open tournament. Of course it's nothing like the high visibility event for Botvinnik's 100th Birthday, either in caliber of participants or total financial rewards, but nobody seems to object because of Bobby's unfortunate behavior. Everybody prefers to just acknowledge and remember his magnificent performance at the chess board. Unfortunately I am unlikely to be able to sponsor a 100th birthday memorial event for Bobby. I was a couple months older than Bobby and also will have my 100th birthday in 2043, for which I do not anticipate being present.

Paul Albert

Aug-23-11  HeMateMe: Well done. A lot of chess greats have had emotional problems. I still like to pour over Fischer's games.
Aug-23-11  Bdellovibrio: <I have been sponsoring a Bobby Fischer Memorial Blitz Tournament( in March of 2010 and March of 2011 at the Marshall Chess Club in NY ) which I intend to continue.>

A fitting venue! Thanks, Mr. Albert, for all you do for American chess!

Aug-23-11  waustad: The two oldest are leading and in last place. Taimanov is the only one born before 1930.
Aug-23-11  Blunderdome: <Clodhopper: [...] These old dudes rattled out 9 games in 4 days?>

These were rapid games, which CG initially posted as classical. I submitted a correction slip for one game and they fixed all of them. The time control was 25'+10".

Aug-23-11  dumbgai: Too bad Spassky couldn't play. I'd like to see him finally beat Korchnoi.
Aug-24-11  GlennOliver: Paul Albert -

"I was a couple months older than Bobby and also will have my 100th birthday in 2043, for which I do not anticipate being present."

Play Giuoco Piano with gentle time controls and for sure you'll make the game last.

Congratulations on the Bobby Fischer Memorial Blitz Tournament which will no doubt build momentum and establish itself firmly.

Aug-24-11  kurtrichards: Where is Karpov?
Aug-24-11  Clodhopper: The first tournament I followed in the newspapers was the 1966 Piatagorsky Cup, and Portisch and Ivkov were both in it. It's great to see these guys still playing chess and it makes me feel younger. too.
Aug-25-11  Vladimir Zukhar: Congrats again Viktor from an old friend ("the stare") from your battles with Karpov. You are still World Class GM, with emphasis on "Class."


Aug-25-11  Vladimir Zukhar: Владими Zukhar

яю еще раз Виктор от старого друга ("взгляд") из ваших боях с Карповы&. Вы по-прежн- ему мировог& класса GM, с акценто&- amp; на "Класс".

В. З.

Aug-25-11  I play the Fred: <Mark Yevgenyevich>, you scored NO wins while the defector <Korchnoi> wins the tournament with NO losses!?!? This is unacceptable!

It is our understanding that you, in connection with your preparations for this tournament, <again> refused the assistance of the fifth World Champion <M. Botvinnik>.

<Memorial> tournament, you say? This is rubbish: Comrade Botvinnik is plagued by a head cold, nothing more.

Comrade Taimanov, we shall relieve you of your <Master of Sport> medal with all haste!

Aug-25-11  Beholder: <I play the Fred> LoL!
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  whiteshark: I second that emotion!
Aug-25-11  LIFE Master AJ: May Viktor always win ...
Aug-29-11  Knight13: They're just regular Fifth Columnists.
Sep-06-11  kingfu: At least, there were some French Defenses.

The French got two wins and one draw. With BLACK!

How many openings have these guys names?

Answer: Many.

That is all we need to know.

Great stuff.

Sep-07-11  keithbc: spassky gave up fighting decades ago - He beat Korchnoi in '68. That was it.
Sep-08-11  kingfu: Korchnoi is still playing great Chess at 80. Taimanov is 85. Show some respect. We all know that Korchnoi is the exception to the rule.

What is the rule?

Lots of your s%$t goes away when you get old.

Why does it hurt when I pee?

I am only 62.

Has anybody seen my car keys?

I am getting old enough now to make a list of things I MUST do before meeting God.

One of those is going to The Moscow Central Chess Club, also, The Manhattan Chess Club.

I love Uhlmann! He played The French with black when EVERYONE played The Sicilian back in the days of Fischer.

Sep-08-11  HeMateMe: My theory is that after the 1970s Spassky knew he would never be world champion again. He DID play some amazing chess in the 1970s, to try and win back his title. But in the 80s, he just kind of took the fat appearance fees ("I'm the guy Fischer beat") and mailed it in.
Sep-10-11  kingfu: Even in the 1990s, some wealthy guy said I have 3 million for the guy that wins the match and 2 million for the guy who loses.

Boris said YES.

I love Boris Spassky.

I hope he is doing well.

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