Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

There is a clue unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
Please see this announcement for some updates.
(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Alexsander A Shashin vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Music and Shashin were Always the Fashion" (game of the day Aug-19-2009)
Leningrad-ch (1973), Leningrad URS, Feb-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Bernstein Defense (E56)  ·  1-0


explore this opening
find similar games 4,415 more games of Korchnoi
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can step through the moves by clicking the < and > buttons, but it's much easier to simply use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Aug-19-09  birthtimes: Beautiful example of the power of the 2 Horrwitz bishops with a queen battery and attack on weak point f7 with the assistance of a rook...wonderful coordinating of the pieces by White.
Aug-19-09  leow: did 22 ..Ne6 have any merit?
Aug-19-09  randomsac: Great play weathering the storm then delivering a crushing blow. Actually, the title reminds me of Barry Manilow.
Aug-19-09  screwdriver: I thought Korchnoi was winning this game until the very end. I expected to see 26... N(g4)e3+ instead of Korchnoi's 26... Nh4+. If white captures the Knight on e3 with his pawn on f2, then 27... Qxg3mate. White can take the knight on e3 with his queen , but then 27...N(f5)xe3+ and this opens up the d2 and c6 squares for the attack. If white doesn't take with the queen on move 27 then black can just play Nf1+ and possibly pursue the attack further or just repeat moves for the draw. I haven't analyzed it all the way through or checked on Fritz.
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: A fantastic game! White was to win,if the king suevived his troubles-and he did.

The lethal discovered check-like Christmas in THE GRINCH-did come.

Aug-19-09  pimbo: 20...Kf8 looks good to me
Aug-19-09  pimbo: In the end if 34...Rxg5 35.hxg5 Qxb2 isnt bad or im wrong?
Aug-19-09  YetAnotherAmateur: His name was Boris. He was a GM.
With two bishops on a line, and a double check in mind. He'd do the king walk, and the queen sac.
Another brilliancy prize, and surprise in Korchnoi's eyes.

With apologies to Barry Manilow.

Aug-19-09  estrick: pimbo: In the end if 34...Rxg5 35.hxg5 Qxb2 isnt bad or im wrong?

36. Bf2+ wins for White

Aug-19-09  YetAnotherAmateur: <estrick> I think you'd do better with a move that's actually legal, like 36. Rxb7+
Aug-19-09  WhiteRook48: or even 36 Rxg7+?!?!
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Shashin said it's his best game. <Probably, the best game of a chess player is his best business card> You'll find his annotations here:
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Alright, who's responsible for this pun?!

Inquiring minds want to know. :p

Aug-19-09  Dr. J: <al wazir> <leow> 22 ... Ne6 loses to 23 Bxe6 fxe6 24 Rxg7+
Aug-20-09  Manic: <Dr. J> Black can play 23...Rd1+ 24.Kh2 Qd6+ picking up the rook.

Can't see anything that good for white here. White is going to have to worry about this trick and the dangerous position of his rook.

Aug-20-09  YetAnotherAmateur: <WhiteRook48>36. Rxg7+ is legal, but allows white to end up with a marauding queen after 36. ... Kf8 37. Rg8+ Ke7 ...

Whereas after 36. Rxb7+, the queen must be sacrificed to prevent Rb8#. 36. Rf2+ also works, but costs white his bishop.

Aug-28-10  sevenseaman: <screwdriver> valid analysis. White is forced to capture N with the Q. If not 27. Kh2 Nfi+ 28. Kg2, N5e3+ with the same dilemma or the N goes to d5 to cut out the B on a2. Either way Korchnoi wins.
Oct-25-10  sevenseaman: The game is like a tightrope balance. 25. g3? 25. Qe5 keeps things simpler; all ccntinuations favor White.
May-29-11  RWood: Coming in rather late - better than never! I saw this game analysed by the late Attila Schneider in the BCM December 1988 magazine. He also quotes the "better try" as per aulero above - 29... ♖e1+ 30.♔d5! and continues to the checkmate conclusion above. However, it immediately occurred to me at the time that instead of 30... ♘e3+ Black has the much better 30... ♘f6+!?. The last time I checked on Fritz (some while back now), this was not a clear win for White, if indeed a win at all! If this is not a win for White, then 24...♕d6+ is not a fatal error at all!


Feb-28-14  LIFE Master AJ: This should have been the GOTD years ago ...
Feb-28-14  LIFE Master AJ:

My web page on this game.

Mar-31-14  Granny O Doul: In a book, yeah, I think it was Soltis's "Chess to Enjoy".
Jan-20-15  RWood: @screwdriver: 26..S(g4)e3+ loses to 27.Kf3, followed by Ke4. Fritz has this as hopelessly lost for Black.
Apr-07-16  ToTheDeath: Quite a little masterpiece.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Kortschnoi analysed this game, which is unusual for him, to analyse one of his losses. Here is one line he gave.

click for larger view

In the game, Kortschnoi played 29...Qe2+.
He says that he should have played:
29... Re1+

click for larger view

And after 30. Kd5 the following might have happened: 30...Ne3+ 31. Kd6 Nc4+

click for larger view

32.Qxc4 Rd1+ 33.Kc7 Qb6+ 34. Kb8 Rd8+

click for larger view

35. Qc8 Qd6+ 36. Rc7+ Check! At last!

click for larger view

36...Kf8 37. Bxg7+ Ke8 38. Bf7#

click for larger view

Would you ever believe that that final position could be reached through normal play?

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Incredible foresight.
from Oginschile's favorite games by Oginschile
a discovered check conquers all!
from Gorney Park by kevin86
assorted Good games
by rbaglini
Antiochus' favorite games
by Antiochus
More 1. d4!
by Benjamin Lau
His Majesty steps out
by capanegra
"Music and Shashin were Always the Fashion" E56 1-0 35
from Dynamics of Speakin' Eglish to Fredthebear by fredthebear
Nimzo Indian
by Zhbugnoimt
"Music and Shashin were Always the Fashion"
from Some S-upermen of Yesteryear by fredthebear
Alexander Shashin
from ! Miscellaneous games by Qindarka
His Majesty steps out
by rbaglini
Chess Informant Best Games 1
by Nimzophile
Chess Informant Best Games 1
by koinonia
Best Chess Games of All Time
by Timothy Glenn Forney
by whiteshark
I thought I had already added this game, oh well
from LOL GAMES by DarthStapler
Interesting Games
by Easy Point
URS , 1973 (GOTD & Chess Informant Favorite)
from Favorite Games from (1960-1979) by wanabe2000
Lesser-known Soviet Games
by policrates
Volume 15 - 3rd Place - 45 pts. (1)
from Chess Informant: 640 Best Games - Part 2 by TheAlchemist
plus 40 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC