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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Rematch (1981), Merano ITA, rd 6, Oct-15
Spanish Game: Open. St. Petersburg Variation (C82)  ·  0-1
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Jul-07-04
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  tpstar: I presume the finish would be 42. Ne3 Rxe3! 43. Qxe3 Bh1 44. f3 Bxf3, but please post any improvements.

mbonk63-tpstar0 (Yahoo 7/7/04): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. de Be6 9. c3 Bc5 10. Nbd2 0-0 11. Bc2 Bf5 12. Nb3 Bg6 13. Nxc5 Nxc5 14. b4!? Ne6 15. Re1 Qd7 16. a4 Rab8 17. ab ab 18. Be3 Bh5?! (18 ... Ne7) 19. Qb1 (19. Bxh7+! Kxh7 20. Ng5+ Nxg5 21. Qxh5+ Kg8 22. Qxg5) Bxf3 20. Bxh7+?! Kh8 21. gxf3 g6 22. Bxg6 fxg6 23. Kh1 (23. Qxg6?? Rg8) Qf7 24. f4 Nxf4 25. Bxf4 Qxf4 26. Re3 Nxe5 27. Rh3+ Kg7 28. Ra7 Ng4 0-1.

Jul-07-04
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  Zenchess: One of the few bright spots for Korchnoi in this match; he makes Karpov look stupid the whole game. Karpov's pieces are confined to the first three ranks the whole game. Karpov blunders with 41. Bf4??; psychologically, that's what prolonged pressure does to even the best. 41. f3 looks like it holds, but Black had the pressure the whole way.
Jul-09-04  uglybird: <tpstar> After your suggested 42.Ne3, ...Qf3! is also strong as 43.Nxg2 is refuted by ...Re2.
Jul-09-04
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  tpstar: <uglybird> Thank you very much! I figured there was something more decisive than my line, but couldn't see it. Now I get why Karpov resigned. Peace out.
Jul-10-04
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  offramp: 40.Nf1?? Karpov should have played 40.Ne2, threatening th emassive 41.Nf4! A weird thing about this game is Karpov's king'd bishop, which never really settles down.
Nov-23-04  sourcerer: exellent line of the ruy lopez open
Apr-11-08
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  Knight13: Excellent line? Yeah right. White got killed. Messed up with 13. Nfd4 or something. 13. Bf4 is gotta be better.
Jun-04-12
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  lost in space: Nice win by Korchnoi; This is one of his best games in this WC match were he was really bad over all.
Jun-04-12
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  Petrosianic: <lost in space>: <Nice win by Korchnoi; This is one of his best games in this WC match>

Not really. Black doesn't really have any advantage until a move before the end.

Jun-04-12  cunctatorg: Not really; chess is neither math nor a computer game. My point is that the initiative and the positional superiority is something real and with many consequences, the final decision of the Chess Supercomputer aside!
Jun-06-12
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  lost in space: Petrosianic: <lost in space>: <Nice win by Korchnoi; This is one of his best games in this WC match> Not really. Black doesn't really have any advantage until a move before the end.

Hi <Petrosianic>, I don't see a strong objection between " one of his best games (in this WC match" and " doesn't have any advantage until the move before the end"

From my point of view and without using a computer he played really well here. In a lot of the other games in this match I had the impression that the was not able to keep the balance beyond the opening moves - with black but also with white.

Jun-06-12
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  Petrosianic: Yeah, I guess you're right. But still, "one of his best games" and "a game that was equal a move before the end" is a sad commentary on this match.
May-09-13  optimal play: <Knight13> I love playing this line as white and find it to be very solid. As for 13.Nfd4 it is perfectly playable and if Karpov made any early sub-optimal moves it was probably with 18.exf6? It looks like 17...f6 was an innovation by Korchnoi and a better response might have simply been 18.Nd3
Jul-15-14  Everett: <40.Ne2> looks lots better. At least one set of minors is coming off, and white is still up a pawn, though gagging on the d-pawn cannot be comfortable.
Dec-16-15  cunctatorg: 39... Qd5? Korchnoi should have played 39... Qe5! 40. Nf1 (40. Bf4 Qxc5) and Black has -at least- a clear advantage; all that was well known fact from the analyses during that match...

Anyways, these mutual mistakes spoiled the glow of that -otherwise- brilliantly conducted (from Korchnoi's part) game...

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