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Viktor Korchnoi vs Magnus Carlsen
"Father Time and Baby New Year" (game of the day Jan-01-2007)
SmartFish Chess Masters (2004), Drammen NOR, rd 3, Dec-29
Tarrasch Defense: Prague Variation. Main Line (D34)  ·  1-0


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Jan-01-07  THE pawn: Best wishes to everyone for 2007!
Jan-01-07  Sularus: Happy new year everyone !
Jan-01-07  Happypuppet: Nice G.O.D. title, hehe.
Jan-01-07  fgh: Happy new year and good game choice :-)
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  sfm: <notsodeepthought: Korchnoi... warning Carlsen about the approaching time limit; still, it would have been a nice gesture had he done so...>

Nope! Au contraire. People with only seconds left (and only beginners could be unaware) do not want to be disturbed. It would be a completely wrong and objectionable thing to do, and would be interpreted as harrassment. For this reason such warnings are unseen in tournament chess.

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An exception was when one of my oponents once left the table for an urgent toilet vist, with 3 minutes left for 16 moves. He forgot to hit the clock, and I shouted it after him. He shouted back "Please do it for me!" and kept running. And so I did. I even waited with my move, an obvious recapture, till he came back.

Mr. Nice Guy? Oh no, I had planned such a nice ending, and wouldn't want to have it spoiled by a time forfeiture... ;-)

Jan-01-07  euripides: It's interesting how the presence of the a pawns helps Black here; White's is a target and Black's stops White's natural lateral check on b6. Without the a pawns this would be a technical win for White.

37.f5 looks interesting e.g. 37...gxf5 38.Rf2 Ra5 39.Kc3 Kc6 40.Kb6 Kb6 41.Re2; or perhaps 38...f4 39.Rxf4 Rxa2 40.h4. Neither line is clear but White seems to have some chances.

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  cu8sfan: I remember the game well. For those who don't know: Carlsen ran out of time at move 40. Hence the pun.
Jan-01-07  Sularus: i wonder how much time Korky still had at the end.
Jan-01-07  MadBishop: Some beautiful manoevering combinations by The Master! Well done to Carlsen for keeping up with him! A great game to start the year off with!!
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  norami: The age difference is a few months less than sixty years. I wonder if that's a record for games between grandmasters.
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  kevin86: I think that Korchnoi would have won without his opponent's timing out. He is a pawn plus and seems to be on the offensive.

HAPPY Twenty o seven-everyone!

Feb-27-09  DrGridlock: < kevin86: I think that Korchnoi would have won without his opponent's timing out. He is a pawn plus and seems to be on the offensive.>

Rybka gives -

40 ... rb6+, 41 Kc3 Ra6, 42 Rd5+ Kc6, 43 Kb2 Rb6+, 44 Ka1 Rb4, 45 Rd8 Rxc4, 46 Rg8 Rc1+, 47 Kb2 Rh1 (+.62).

Advantage to White, but still a lot of chess to be played. Not what anyone considers to be a "won" position.

Jun-09-09  WhiteRook48: drawn. Hate that clock
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  Peligroso Patzer: <acirce: *** The official site says Magnus lost on time because he had missed out a line in his scoresheet by mistake and therefore thought he had already made 40 moves. Korchnoi agreed with me that <the final position couldn't be won>. *** >

<Note: The above comment was posted on the day this game was played, 29-Dec-2004>

Of course, bearing in mind Carlsen's inability to hold the draw in this game: Aronian vs Carlsen, 2006 (which was played almost two years later), as well as Korchnoi's prowess in rook endings, although the ending <couldn't be won by White>, it might have been lost by Black in the hands of the 14-year-old Carlsen. Thus the result might well still have been 1-0 if the game had continued. (It is a pity it didn't.)

Apr-20-12  solskytz: Funny!

On reading this page I come across this comment from late 2004:

cheer up! magnus is young yet and he'll have plenty of opportunities in the future, unlike korchnoi.

Looks like Korchnoi too had his share of opportunities during the years that followed...

Jul-28-13  ColdSong: Soul stirring game, as far as one feel interested by chess history (and whether,of course,it's possible to call the old obdurate russian lion "soul stirring").
Nov-28-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Korchnoi won against nine world champions: Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Carlsen !!
Nov-28-13  pawn to QB4: ...and there's a record Sammy Reshevsky held on his own: played eleven world champions. Having won against the nine above, and also played Kramnik and Anand, Korchnoi has just equalled it upon Carlsen's winning the title.
Nov-28-13  Olavi: And Keres also beat nine champs; he only played ten.
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  thegoodanarchist: <MagnaPsygnosis: I love this match so very much......

Old Korchnoi took Magnus boy to school, and there he tought Magnus a Trick or two.

Korchnoi is far beyond Magnus (and Magnus knows it.)>

Not any more. Time marches on.

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  FSR: I'm surprised that Korchnoi never beat Anand. And yes, Korchnoi has now tied with Keres for the most wins against undisputed world champions. Korchnoi also won against two of the "asterisked" world champions: Korchnoi vs Topalov, 1991 and thrice against Ponomariov ( But he never beat Khalifman or Kasimdzhanov.
Jun-06-16  posoo: Go, Nobbicus, GO
Jun-07-16  Joseph Blackcape: Too bad Magnus lost on time here, because this ending looks drawn and engine analysis confirms it. White's extra pawn can be held indefinitely by Black's active King and Rook who at the same time block White King's advancement.
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  SteinitzLives: A great cross-generational battle. Not sure why Korchnoi traded Rooks. Perhaps he underestimated his young opponent's R&P technique, (though it would be hard to overestimate Viktor's, at that time).
Jul-05-18  Caissa04: This advantage cannot be converted, not even by Korchnoi. Good thing the clock proved that 60 years of experience is superior.
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