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

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Viktor Korchnoi vs Lubomir Kavalek
Olympiad (1978), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 14, Nov-??
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation (E92)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

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

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Always nice to see Korchnoi giving the KID "the treatment". This one was an unusual variation, though.
May-31-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: repost from Sax Page (Jan-31-09 by Katu):

There is a book about the 1978 Buenos Aires Olimpics by Istvan Bilek who was also part of the Hungarian team as Sax. He mentions one of Sax's greatest games in it - against Aleksandar Matanovic (it's a pity the game is not in the CG database).

<"Sax was a practicioner of the Sveshnikov Sicilian as Black. In the last round, we had the Yugoslavs as opponents and we were happy that, first time at the Olimpics, someone (Matanovic) at last chosen Sax's pet line! This game was our last finished one. (Sax won with Black). After it we knew that we placed BEFORE the Soviets and we were so happy - until someone said that the USA still has ongoing games and they can reach us! Feelings ran high, as the only game we could reach were <Korchnoi vs Kavalek, 1978>. But there was a huge mass around that table, it seemed that everybody knew that this was the last decisive game). We forgot our manners and stood up on top of chairs to see what's going on. We trusted on Korchnoi. He won more and more pawns. After Kavalek resigned and the audience applaused, we were so happy that almost everyone of us cried.">

Jun-04-13  Howard: It was quite ironic (as Chess Life and Review---as it was called then) that Korchnoi's victory over Kavalek helped the Soviet Union finish in second place !

More specifically, Korchnoi had defected from the Soviet Union two years earlier. Just before the 1978 Olympiad, he had lost a very bitterly-contested world championship match with Karpov. Going into the last round of the event, the United States, the Soviet Union, and Hungary were in a tight race for the top three places....

.....the U.S. played Switzerland in the last round, with Korchnoi (how living there) playing first board for his squad. By beating Kavalek, he undermined the U.S.'s last-round result which therefore......helped the Soviets to finish second place, ahead of the U.S ! Hungary--led, of course, by Portisch--took clear first.

Korchnoi, in other words, could have perhaps "thrown" his game against Kavalek so as to hurt the Soviets' chances of second (or first) place, but to his credit, he didn't do so.

Aug-11-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Thanks, <Howard>, for your background information.

I like this game, Korchnoi at his best, having the elements of Lasker, coupled with a killer instinct; in a sense, though, Viktor has always played by his own rules. His flexibility was great, his endgame fearsom and his grit second to none.

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 Chessgames.com, 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?]
Buenos Aries (14)
from Victor Korchnoi in Olympiads by JoseTigranTalFischer
Viktor, der Entscheider...
from 94_-> Middlegames with opposite-coloured Bi~ by whiteshark
Buenos Aries (14)
from Victor Korchnoi in Olympiads by capybara
final round of the same Olympiad to win gold on board one
from K Players by fredthebear


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 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC