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Viktor Korchnoi vs Garry Kasparov
Luzern ol (1982)  ·  Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Hastings Defense Main Line (A64)  ·  0-1
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Jan-17-06  Jim Bartle: Whoa!! Back to Seiarawan's "Winning Chess Brilliancies" (odd title: next volume to be named "Drawing Chess Brilliancies"?):

Well, 23. Qd1 isn't even mentioned. Kasparov says 23. Qg2 makes the position "dynamically balanced." 23. Bd2 is definitely a mistake.

Mar-19-06  MrMojoRisin:
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  PhilFeeley: <MrMojoRisin> Unfortunately, the link isn't about this game and Dennis didn't say which game he presented. It would have been nice to know.
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  PhilFeeley: Apparently, this is the game Dennis analysed: Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1986
Jul-25-07  thesonicvision:
Jul-25-07  thesonicvision: <33.Bh6 I thought was a bit pre-mature. He could have gone Be3 to make things a little more interesting. The black Queen takes the Knight on d7 and White could then drop the rook to a1 enroute to f1. Might have given him some interesting possibilities.>

viktor the terrible had about 20
seconds to seal that move.

Nov-08-07  LoveThatJoker: 29...Nxd2 was the right move here for sure.


Nov-09-07  stukkenjager: Can somebody tell me how to proceed after 20.♘a7 ♗d7 21.♘xe4
Mar-22-08  zev22407: To "Stukkenjager" Kasparov in his book "The test of time" wrote that after 20)N-a7 e3!? as in tha game Alburt-Olafsson 1982 played short time before his game against Korchnoi, Alburt played 21)Q-e2 with great complications.
Apr-03-09  WhiteRook48: 36 Kf3??
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  GrahamClayton: A picture of this game can be seen at:

Jul-28-10  HeMateMe: In the photo you can see Karpov watching the game. Who is the person closest to the board, with the full head of hair?
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  Chessical: <HeHateMe> It is Alexander Beliavsky
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  Fusilli: <Chessical: <HeHateMe> It is Alexander Beliavsky> And Karpov in the background. Nice photograph.
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  perfidious: The picture was taken as Korchnoi was preparing to play his unfortunate 23.Bd2, having overlooked (as originally noted by Kasparov) that 24.Rfb1 loses to ....Nf3+.
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  Shams: Garry comments extensively:
Aug-03-11  DrMAL: Kasparov is his own critic in his video on this famous game.

He mentions 23.Qg2 as "definitely best" with a "big advantage for white" but in analyzing this move (it was best) the most likely outcome is a draw. After 23.Bd2 the white's advantage is minuscule and 23...Qxb2 shows as clearly best.

Kasparov's offering of this sac was definitely NOT unsound. Three facts remain: (1) If Korchnoi did not accept it black still very likely had a draw, (2) Korchnoi was known to enjoy accepting sacrifices and, (3) the knight had been on e5 for many moves particularly after 17.f4 it stood as a bone in white's throat.

After accepting it 24.fxe5? white was dead lost. They both made a few slight inaccuracies until the blunder 27.Qe1? but there was nothing white could have done to avoid his demise.

29...Rf2 was indeed a big error, and white possibly (doubtfully) could have drawn (30.Kg1 Rxd2 31.Qxe4 (31.Nxe4?? Rg2+ 32.Kf1 Bb5+ 33.Nc4 Bxc4+ 34.Qe2 Qxe2#) 31...dxe5 32.Qxe5 Qf5 ).

As someone (probably not Seirawan) pointed out, 32.Nd3 (instead of 32...Nxh3) was a second mistake that could have drawn via 33.Ra8+ Kg7 34.Ra7 but Korchnoi was already in severe time trouble anyway.

IMO, this game is an important part of Kasparov's story and he was brilliant in offering this sac. It was a beautiful game with a fabulous finish as well, one even he should be very proud of!

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Apr-19-12  pawnofdeath: position after 24. fxe5 is insanely winning for kasparov amazes me again.
May-22-12  hedgeh0g: A brilliant game. Kasparov plays in the true spirit of the Benoni, responding to every attack with a counterattack and generating piece play wherever possible.
Dec-23-12  leka: The finnish master Kaarle Ojanen elo rating 2563 the world ranking 89th beat Paul Keres in 1960.Ojanen killed the Benoni Ojanen played bishop d3! knight e2! f4!.Kaarle Ojanen was not a pro chess player.He had a job.Ojanen studied chess in the weekend and summer holidays.Both Spassky played against Fischer in 1972 WC match queen c2? Korchnoi against Kasparov g3 bishop g2 knight f3??? Spassky and Korchnoi should had played The Ojanen attack bishop d3 knight e2 f4!!!
Jan-01-13  Balmo: How has this never been Game of the Day? It's one of the greatest chess games ever played in my opinion. Just don't give it a crass pun... Some games deserve better!
Feb-16-13  pescau: In the picture mentioned by <GrahamClayton> it can be seen the next board, with a finished game where Tal had black. The black king in the middle of the board indicates that Black won, doesn't it? I think the game is this one: H Wirthensohn vs Tal, 1982


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  MarkFinan: Ive just watched an interview with Gazza "The silver fox" kaspy, where he annotates this game, and all i can say is.. Wow!I

Well ok, maybe i can find a few more words ;)

The interviewer must be unaware that his interviewee is commonly regarded as the greatest chess player to ever grace the game, because he keeps chirping "Yes, but you could have played blah, blah blah"!! Its effing Kaspy the friendly socialist ffs!!! I think he knows what he coulda and couldnotta played LOL! What a game though. Funny how he tells the story of Korchnoi getting strait down to business and not shaking hands. Also good pics of Beliavsky and Karpov looking on.

#GENIUS. :-)

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  MarkFinan: Ok, the Interviewee is an IM! Haha.. Here’s me thinking hes some Joe blow like me LOL
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