|Jan-23-08|| ||percyblakeney: <Since Viktor Kortchnoi had already beaten Lajos Portisch with white in round 1, he felt he should take some risks with black and play for an advantage. After more than half a century, Kortchnoi employed the Stonewall Defence again and was slightly worse out of the opening. However, Portisch used up quite some time and when he missed the defensive resource Ra8-a6, was unable to cope with the ever-increasing activity of the black pieces. When loss of material became inevitable, he resigned. If Kortchnoi has ever had a quota for chess on a given day, he certainly hadn’t reached it yet and spend another hour on stage observing the remaining games. In regards to Van Wely-Carlsen, his conclusion was: “No matter if you are young or old, in time trouble there are no heroes!”>|
|Jan-24-08|| ||Riverbeast: <“No matter if you are young or old, in time trouble there are no heroes!”>|
I'm sure Korchnoi can sympathize with Van Wely...He lost several winning positions in time trouble to Karpov in the 1978 match, a match he ended up losing 6-5.
If he had just converted one of them, he would have most likely been world champion.
Good to see the old lion still playing such strong chess
|Jan-24-08|| ||arnaud1959: <He lost several winning positions in time trouble to Karpov in the 1978 match> Yes, he even missed a mate in 1 if I'm not wrong.|
|Jan-24-08|| ||Riverbeast: <Yes, he even missed a mate in 1 if I'm not wrong.>|
A mate in three or something like that.
He lost at least two or three winning positions in time pressure. I really felt like he outplayed Karpov in that match
|Jan-24-08|| ||acirce: Out of Karpov's six wins, in four of them Korchnoi was simply outplayed (sometimes quite badly).|
As for the other two games, Korchnoi was certainly not that much better when he played 56.Qh4?? in Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 (although I don't know just how good his position had been earlier in the game) while in Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 he was no longer even better before 39.Ra1?? (he had been winning long before that, in the middlegame - don't know when his time trouble started, could have been quite early!).
|Feb-01-08|| ||vickymartin: I remember the 1978 match and almost willing Korchnoi to win, but somehow Karpov alwys seemed to escape...as I recall it Korchnoi played the real chess and Karpov just stepped in when time trouble got the upper hand. I'm sure that Korchnoi was negatively affected by outside (political?) pressures. Karpov seemed detached and cold as ice. Karpov reminded me of the Arsenal team at the time - defensive - dull - boring - always lucky - always able to capitalize on opponents misfortunes - a great team (player) but never loved.|