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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Spanish Class" (game of the day Oct-25-2014)
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 8, Aug-03
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: Have you ever spent hours of careful analysis preparing a kibitz, only to have 106 other people beat you to it? Have you ever finally gotten a kibitz in edgewise, only to have people sign up for <> just to refute your analysis?

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Still not convinced? Let's see the program in action! We gave a copy to NN, then asked for annotations to the game on this page. Here is the result!

<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4>

"The Open Defense, which is less often played than 5...Be7, the Closed Defense."

<6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 g6?!>

"The beginning of a bad plan; Black should complete his development."

<11.Qe2 Bg7>

"Consistent, but dangerous."


"A brilliant pawn sacrifice for which White receives tremendous compensation."


"Black should refuse the sacrifice and try to bring his king to safety."

<13.f4 Nc4>

"Not 13...Ng4? 14.Nxe6!"


"Opening lines for the attack."



<15.Nxf5 Rg8 16.Nxc4!>

"Exchanging Black's most active piece."

<16...dxc4 17.Bc2 Nd3 18.Bh6>

"Developing with gain of tempo."

<18..Bf8 19.Rad1>

"The RIGHT rook!"


"Of course not 19...Qf6?? 20.Nd6+!"

<20.Bxd3 cxd3 21.Rxd3>

"White has regained his pawn with a winning attack."

<21...Qc6 22.Bxf8 Qb6+ 23.Kh1 Kxf8 24.Qf3 Re8>

"The rook must stay on the eighth rank to stop 25.Rd8#."

<25.Nh6 Rg7 26.Rd7!!>

"The winning move, as the rook is immune."



<27.Nxf7!! Bxd7?>

"A blunder in a lost position."

<28.Nd8+ 1-0>

"Mate or ruinous loss of material follows."

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  perfidious: <Phony Benoni> Nice work.

NN forgot to squeeze 'the point' in there-not that I mind, you understand.

Back in the 1980s, there was a strong player who annotated games for the New Hampshire newsletter, often throwing in 'the point!'. Enough to make grown men cringe in abject terror.

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  WannaBe: <Phony Benoni> Happy 10K post!! Congratulations, put me down for 2 copies of that book.

(Do I get free Shipping & Handling?)

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  eternaloptimist: Roll Out the Red Karpet
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  eternaloptimist: Apparently Korchnoi wasn't familiar w/ this equation when Karpov has at least 2 heavy pieces [♖(s) &/or ♕] on the board.: no 0-0/0-0-0 + weakened ♙ structure or no ♙s in front of your ♔ = a good chance for a loss for his opponent :D
Oct-25-14  greenfield67: Wait. This is a nice game, showing that a pawn is a small price to pay for the initiative in an open position. But what do I see above? No, not just an elegant annotation from <Phony Benoni>, but a post from <chrisowen> in a language approximating English...
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  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> Brilliant post from Jul-31-12 !


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  Once: <Phony> Very funny! Enjoyed that.
Oct-25-14  Ratt Boy: Glad to see this as GOTD, showing that the generally risk-free Karpov was capable of scintillating attacks when the situation called for them.

Oh, and allow me to join the chorus of accolades for <Phony Benoni's> brilliant comment. Holy cow; I literally LOLed.

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  catlover: <Phony Benoni> Sign me up!
Oct-25-14  Rookiepawn: From <Phony Benoni>'s book I only grasped the concept of "desperation", which often happens to me.

Sometimes I also read the line "the rest is a matter of technique", which immediately makes me think "Sure, exactly what I have no idea about".

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  kevin86: A mate to follow...almost, but not quite, a smothered mate.
Oct-25-14  Tigranny: Interesting GOTD but I would've liked a different and more enticing pun.
Oct-25-14  rogl: <Tigranny: Interesting GOTD but I would've liked a different and more enticing pun.> How about Spanish Master Class?
Oct-25-14  Tigranny: I was thinking something other than Spanish Class in it, but I appreciate your thought. :)
Oct-25-14  Tim Delaney: There is a forced mate, but it takes a while:
28. Nd8+...Bf5; 29. Qxf5+...Ke7; 30. Qf8+...Kd7; 31. Qxg7+...Kc8 (if Kc6, Rc1+ and mate follows)32. Qg4+!...Kxd8 33. Rf8+...Ke7 34. Qg7+...Ke6 35. Rf6+...Kd5 36. Qg5+...K any 37. Rf3 And mate in just a few.

I join many others in their admiration of Phony's hilarious post.

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  morfishine: Great game, and not just because its another Karpov crush, but the fact he inflicts such devastation vs a Spanish expert
Nov-19-14  MarkFinan: I liked this game too. First decisive game in the match. Forced mate in 16 according to my engine from here.

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Month of Sundays Shizzle.

Mar-25-15  SimonWebbsTiger: Danny King takes a look at the game on his YouTube.
Jul-30-15  SimplicityRichard: In my opinion, one of Karpov's best. #
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  Check It Out: Also, one of <Phony Benoni>ís all time great posts!
Oct-26-17  Howard: Phoney Benoni's insightful 3100-level annotations remind me, frankly, of a review that Taylor Kingston wrote ten years ago about a "book" that Eric Schiller wrote on Fisher's best games. He stated that the book--among other serious issues--had annotations like "White castles so as to safeguard his king", and other similar "annotations".

If one needs convincing that it was an absolute potboiler of a book, read the part in the review where Kingston points out that according to Schiller, Euwe was quite possibly of "world championship-caliber".

Wasn't Euwe WC once?! Lemme Google his name just to be sure....

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  perfidious: <Howard>, see Carsten Hansen's review of Schiller's work on the Frankenstein-Dracula line in the Vienna here:

Oct-26-17  Howard: Thanks for the link!

Then, there was that "book" of Schiller's called Unorthodox Chess Openings, in which the late Tony Mile's review of it consisted of just two words: utter crap.

Dec-15-17  MariusDaniel: Great chess moves!
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