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Viktor Korchnoi vs Peter Svidler
St Petersburg (1997)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense (E94)  ·  1-0
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  plang: This is one of my favorite Korchnoi games; possibly his best effort during the last stage of his career. He has always played well against the Kings Indian. The way he handles the initiative starting with 15 c5 is really impressive. 19 h4 is also a good move with the idea of Kh2 and Rh1 in some lines if black takes the N on g5 with a pawn. Korchnoi showed in his analysis that 23..Kh7 was no stronger and that white maintains his initiative after the R goes to c7. The piece sacrifice with 24 Bb3 is pretty. 31 h5 is a great finishing move; planning on operating against the weak h6 pawn and regaining the piece in all variations. I am surprised that this game has not received more attention. Kasparov included it in MGP volume 5. It was also voted the 3rd best game in Informant 69.
Oct-02-06  Open Defence: oooh he creates a lot of pins in this one.. <best effort during the last stage of his career> dude the best thing is that his career ain't over yet!!
Nov-03-09  ToTheDeath: Exceptional combination.
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  GrahamClayton: <plang>Kasparov included it in MGP volume 5. It was also voted the 3rd best game in Informant 69.

The game also won the brilliancy prize for the best played game at the tournament. The 2 white bishops and 2 rooks working in tandem totally overwhelm Black's position.

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  wordfunph: GM Peter Svidler to "The Terrible" after the lost game..

"It's a pity that I'm not wearing a hat --- I would have raised it to you!"

Feb-25-11  I play the Fred: <GM Peter Svidler to "The Terrible" after the lost game..

"It's a pity that I'm not wearing a hat --- I would have raised it to you!">

Did anyone document Korchnoi's response? I imagine it went something like, "You are a complete bonehead for playing the KID against me, you don't know the first thing about chess, and you're fat."

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