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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
"French Cooking" (game of the day May-01-2015)
Training Match (1971), Leningrad URS, rd 6
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  1-0


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Jul-04-06  who: Interestingly, Korchnoi himself didn't notice this and says that the losing move was 27...Kb4
Aug-28-06  positionalgenius: A sacraficial gem from Karpov.This is a great game:)
Aug-28-06  positionalgenius: <slomarko>Look at this one.
Aug-30-06  schlink: Thanks, didn't see game 3 there before, my fault. Korchnoi, in his comments on that game said that it was "One of the best games he (Karpov) has played in his whole life (up to that time)."
Jan-11-09  mcgee: I have just bought Korchnoi's autobiography Chess is My Life and he says that Karpov played his best game in the whole period between 1970 and 1980 in this match - I think he means this game. Characteristic of Korchnoi to have so much animosity towards Karpov in personal and political terms yet be so decisively magnanimous about his actual practical playing ability
Jan-11-09  mcgee: >>The sheer amount of calculation needed after 23. RxB amazes me.<<

More remarkable that Karpov surely had to foresee the belter 20 Rd2 and then the subsequent second exchange sacrifice (or at the very least have the idea in mind) as soon as he let rip with 16Bxg7+. This and Karpov's win against Huebner at Tilburg in 1982 suggest to me that he has both uncanny and overlooked tactical abilities and that his positional style is at least partly a matter of pragmatic choice

Jan-11-09  vanytchouck: What is also funny about this game is that at this time (1971), Korchnoļ and Karpov were friends !
Jan-11-09  WhiteRook48: Typical Korchnoi... stubborn to the very end!
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: OUCH!
Jan-04-10  returnoftheking: Strange that Karpov did not include this game into his "best games" books - not in the ones I have at least. Maybe it had to do with the game being played in a (secret) training match?
Nov-27-11  serenpidity.ejd: brilliant game by karpov ala kasparov!
May-01-15  waustad: This is what happens when the game is the important part part, not the pun. Wow.
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  offramp: The two players learned a lot from this training match. For the next dozen years they dominated world chess.
May-01-15  dfcx: The two black rooks sat watching the whole time till the end. Very interesting game.
May-01-15  FairyPromotion: What a gem! "Double exchange sacrifices" may not sound so cool, but pulling them off usually means a brilliancy. They mostly revolve around passed pawn combinations and obtaining the bishop pair, but here Karpov strips the black king from it's defenders in order to initiate a mating attack. Funny that 9 out of blacks final 11 moves are king moves, while the rooks remain as spectators throughout the game.
May-01-15  morfishine: Quite an interesting game though as mentioned, its hard to see how White makes progress after <27...Qxe4>

This one appears to not only have been cooked, but baked, sauteed, fried, boiled, steamed, roasted and grilled.

Well done!


May-01-15  Travis Bickle: Nice game back in 1971, but Bobby Fischer didn't play The French Defense. ; P
May-01-15  Petrosianic: Good point, Trav. And Pete Rose didn't play chess at all, so it's doubly so (here, let me just tighten the straps on that straitjacket for you). Good job identifying the year that the game was played, though.
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  kevin86: The king is hunted...and caught.
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  offramp: I wrote to <VK> and asked him what he thought the best western version of his name was.

He said the best Best Western he had ever seen was at Gravenstraat 12 - 16 Amsterdam.

Probably a misunderstanding.

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  thegoodanarchist: 16. Bxg7+! is a great zwischenzug, which I expect took Korchnoi by surprise.

I've said it before, one of the main things that separates super GMs from the rest of the world's titled players is their use of zwischenzugs.

Jun-05-15  Candy Man: Beautiful play by Tolya.
Jan-06-16  Joker2048: I so much enjoy when I'm looking at karpov playing .. Genius.
Jan-06-16  cunctatorg: Well, it is indeed a beautiful game by Karpov but I sense that -back then- Korchnoi was checking Karpov's determination, courage and self-control...; he might also check his own self-control under hard conditions...

Regarding the friendship-hostility stuff, they weren't friends, once they were in good terms, then they became enemies and eventually they came to openly respect one - each other in the midst of a funny situation where both are hardly trying to balance admiration and envy!... However both were able to participate (together with Spassky) at a chess-proper celebration of Wolfgang Unzicker's 80th birthday; things are more complicated than just funny and intriguing, me thinks...

Nov-27-17  Kishorebodhe: Didn't Korchnoi see the inevitable checkmate coming? Brilliant game by Karpov.
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