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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Julian Borowski-A 4th (2002), Essen, rd 9, May-16
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0
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Mar-11-05
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  Honza Cervenka: 27...Qe7 looks like a better defence but white should have won there too, for example 28.Bf5+! Kf8 29.Qf4! Ke8 (29...exf5 30.Qxh6+ Ke8 31.Bxf6 ) 30.Bxe6! fxe6 31.Bxf6 Qf7 32.Qg4 (Of course, not 32.Rxe6+?? Qxe6 ) 32...Rd6 33.Nf5 Rcd8 34.Nxd6+ Rxd6 35.Bd4 etc.
Apr-23-08  Tomlinsky: Kasimdzhanov always speaks highly of Korchnoi, a prized possesion in his youth was a compendium of VK's games bought for him by his sister.

In relation to the end of this game he relates: "Here the ruler of the black pieces said "You won" and stood up from the table. A second later I heard, not for the first time in my life, the ominous words "But still he can't play chess". And for all I know, he might be right."

Oct-10-08
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  whiteshark: The Julian Borowski tournament in Essen (Category 16) took place in Essen between the 16th-25th of May 2002

Final Standings: 1. Zvjaginsev, Vadim 7.5, 2. Leko, Peter 7.0, 3. Lutz, Christopher 5.5, 4. Krasenkow, Michal 5.5, 5. Fridman, Daniel 3.5, 6. Jussupow, Artur 3.5, 7. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 3.5, 8. Korchnoi, Viktor 3.5, 9. Luther, Thomas 3.0, 10. Dautov, Rustem 2.5

Oct-10-08
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  whiteshark: Position after <26...Bc6> looks like a good puzzle:


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Jun-18-19
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  plang: <Tomlinsky: Kasimdzhanov always speaks highly of Korchnoi, a prized possesion in his youth was a compendium of VK's games bought for him by his sister.

In relation to the end of this game he relates: "Here the ruler of the black pieces said "You won" and stood up from the table. A second later I heard, not for the first time in my life, the ominous words "But still he can't play chess". And for all I know, he might be right.">

This is an interesting story. Korchnoi was on of 9 GMs who voted on the best games in Informant 84. He was the only one who supported this game voting it the 8th best game of Informant 84.

11..h6!? was a new move that has not been repeated; 11..cxd and 11..Rd8 had been played previously. Perhaps 15..Rac8 should have been considered as 16 Nxe6?! would have been dubious after 16..Bxe6 17 Bxe6..fxe 18 Qxe6+..Kh7 and if 19 Qxe7? then 19..Rxd1+ 20 Rxd1..Qa4! and Black would have been clearly better. Black started to go wrong with 19..Qd5?; better was 19..Bxd4 20 cxd..f6 21 Qe4..f5 22 Qe2..Bc6. Krasenkov recommended 20..Qc4 21 Qxc4..Rxc4 22 b3..Rc5 23 Bxb7..Bc8 with a bad endgame as the lesser of two evils as after Korchnoi's 20..Qxa2?! White had a powerful attack. Less strong would have been 27 Nxe6+..Kh7 28 Re1..Qe7 29 Nxd8..Rxd8. A tougher defense but also losing would have been been 27..Qe7 28 Bc2+..Kf8 29 Qf4..Nd5 30 Qxh6+..Ke8 31 Rg3..Kd7 32 Nxe6..Qxe6 (32..fxe 33 Rg7 leads to a winning game) 33 Bf5!..Qxf5 34 Qd6+..Ke8 35 Rg8#.

Jun-18-19
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  Fusilli: <Tomlinsky ... "Here the ruler of the black pieces said "You won" and stood up from the table. A second later I heard, not for the first time in my life, the ominous words "But still he can't play chess".>

Korchnoi never lost a game graciously. But he still was an absolutely phenomenal chess player.

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