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Viktor Korchnoi vs Boris Spassky
Korchnoi - Spassky Candidates Final (1977/78), Belgrade YUG, rd 1, Nov-21
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  1/2-1/2


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May-10-14  RookFile: Don't remember seeing an ending quite like this one. It looks like white is winning easily but then the horse can't get out of the barn.
May-12-14  Howard: Rather surprising that this game hasn't commented on...until the other day !

At any rate, the Informant states that Korchnoi did miss at least one win but I don't recall exactly where.

This, by the way, was the first game of the Candidates match....and a harbinger of the tense struggles that took place in this match.

May-12-14  Petrosianic: There's an error in the game score. It gives Move 42 as c8q. But not so.

According to Ray Keene's notes, when Korchnoi pushed the pawn, there were no spare pieces handy. So, instead Korchnoi pointed to a castle shaped holder on the table that was being used to hold Korchnoi and Spassky's flags. By the gesture, he clearly meant "Underpromote to Rook", which is the way it was recorded.

Keene gave Black's 42nd move as BxFlag. (I wonder if he still remembers that?)

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  perfidious: <Lonnie Lurko> would know--just ask him, if you can tear him away from his crusade against <ray>.
Dec-27-14  Eat My Pawn: 49.Nf6 instead of 49.Nh6 seems to win. After 49... gxf6 50. Kxh4, White has a protected passed h-pawn.
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  beatgiant: <Eat My Pawn>
<49.Nh6> I'm not seeing the win. Black parks his king around h6, blocking White's passer. If the White king tries to approach Black's pawns, we might get a position like the following:

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And Black can now undermine the h-pawn with 1...f5, which looks like a draw.

Could you post a sample line of how you expect White to win?

Mar-02-15  Howard: As I recall, Chess Life & Review showed some analysis of an unsuccessful attempt in which White could have attempted to win a K & P endgame, but it would have failed. Don't have that issue anymore though.

Apparently, the endgame was drawn for the last several moves of the game.

Apr-16-15  Howard: Keene, by the way, claimed in Chess Life & Review that due to Korchnoi's hand being in a cast (due to a recent car accident), that that was one of the reasons he got into time trouble in this game--and thus missed a win.
Apr-16-15  Petrosianic: The road accident on the eve of the match did happen. Using it as an excuse for missing a win (assuming it was there) is dubious, though. (Chessplayers always have excuses).
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  perfidious: <Petrosianic: (Chessplayers always have excuses).>

The one dreamt up by Tarrasch to explain away his humiliation at the hands of Lasker in 1908 stands as a classic of the genre.

Apr-16-15  Petrosianic: Oh, yes. Sea Air. Even though they were playing inland. Even Janowski, who was famous for his excuses never topped that one.
Apr-18-15  Howard: Granted, the coverage that Keene and Stean wrote on both the Korchnoi-Spassky match, as well as the Karpov-Korchnoi one, was definitely biased in favor of their "hero" Korchnoi---no doubt about it.

So, yes, that excuse that Keene mentioned regarding Korchnoi's hand, was probably typical of him.

Aug-10-18  edubueno: Black to move

1) +0.08 (24 ply) 34...Rc8 35.c6 Rd4 36.Rc5 Rd5 37.Rac1 Kf8 38.Rxd5 exd5 39.Rc5 Ba4 40.Rxd5 g6 41.Rc5 Ke7 42.Rc1 Bb5 43.f3 Kd6 44.Kf2 Rc7 45.Ke3 Bxc6 46.Nxc6 Rxc6 47.Rxc6+ Kxc6 48.Kf4 Kd6

Aug-10-18  edubueno: Las negra erran fiero en la jugada 34 y las blancas devuelven la atención en la jugada 41
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