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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
"Viktorious" (game of the day Jan-03-2017)
SWIFT Blitz (1987), Brussels BEL, Apr-26
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Nimzowitsch Line (E18)  ·  1-0


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Dec-24-14  Brian.elkhoury: Can someone point out to me why Karpov felt it necessary to move his king to the queen sid and try to used his rook on the kingside? (In the endgame starting on move 47). Wouldn't 47... Kf6-Kg7 OR Kf8 do for a draw?
Jul-24-15  SChesshevsky: I didn't calculate it out but Karpov might've been worried about something like White B to c6 where it looks like the b pawn falls.

Maybe something like 47...Kf6 48. Bb5 Ke7 49. Kf2 Kf6 50. Bc6 then either ...Rxc6 dropping the exchange or ...Nxc6 51. Rxb5 pinning the N and with the King on f-file might be too late to stop both c & a passers if full exchanges and if not c-pawn drops.

Jan-03-17  The Kings Domain: Nothing better than two giants who detested each other testing tempers on the board.
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  Sularus: You'd love Viktor's games with Sofia then. I wonder, though, if she is classified as a giant in your book.
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  kevin86: White wins this one with three rook pawns!
Jan-03-17  Howard: Bear in mind that this was a blitz game, not a classical one.
Jan-03-17  cunctatorg: Victor Korchnoi's criticism, opinion, comments and estimations regarding events and situations at the (chess) world are missing and that's a heavy loss...
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  diagonal: and bear in mind, that Vic was then at age of 56 :)

At the second SWIFT tournament in Brussels 1987, Garry Kasparov and Ljubomir Ljubojevic shared first prize, a full 1.5 points ahead of the rest, 3. Karpov, 4. Korchnoi, 5. Timman, 6. Tal, 7. Larsen; Short finished sole 11th, in total 12 players.

The (inofficial) SWIFT Blitz World Championship just played afterwards, was won by Kasparov ahead of Jan Timman.

Korchnoi, took his personal revenge and beat twenty years younger Karpov twice (twelve players including mostly the same contestants as in the classical event, among them also great Tal, who had already played at the famous Herceg Novi Blitz events in 1970 and 1983, and won in 1988 at Saint John World Blitz knock-out).

<Brussels>, the capital of Belgium was the Chess Métropole in the second half of the 1980s, thanks to OHRA and SWIFT (with Bessel Kok) sponsoring:

<International invitation tournaments in classical chess:

1984 OHRA,
1985 OHRA,
1986 (April) SWIFT,
1986 (December) OHRA,
1987 SWIFT

1987 Blitz, inofficial World Championship SWIFT

1987 Team match OHRA

1988 GMA World Cup tournament SWIFT

1991 FIDE Candidates quarter-finals SWIFT

What a line-up (in alphabetical order): Anand, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Jussupov, Karpov, Korchnoi, Short, and Timman

1992 Rapid knock-out SWIFT>

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  morfishine: Where's <thegoodanarchist> when you need'm?


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