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Unzicker's 80th Birthday Tournament

Anatoly Karpov3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Boris Spassky3/6(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Wolfgang Unzicker2/6(+0 -2 =4)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Karpov 0-1632005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayE15 Queen's Indian
2. Spassky vs Unzicker ½-½312005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayC49 Four Knights
3. Karpov vs Unzicker ½-½432005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. Korchnoi vs Spassky 1-0482005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Spassky vs Karpov ½-½252005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
6. Unzicker vs Korchnoi 0-1572005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Karpov vs Spassky ½-½272005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Korchnoi vs Unzicker 1-0322005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Karpov vs Korchnoi ½-½422005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayA15 English
10. Unzicker vs Spassky ½-½182005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
11. Spassky vs Korchnoi 1-0432005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. Unzicker vs Karpov ½-½362005Unzicker's 80th BirthdayE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Aug-11-05  Montreal1666: Check out Korchnoi's "Protective" sunglasses!!!

Aug-11-05  Koster: <refutor> If karpov didn't beat him it wasn't for lack of trying.
Aug-11-05  Larsker: <Check out Korchnoi's "Protective" sunglasses> Still afraid of evil beams from the Karpov camp?
Aug-11-05  cade: Every game without Korchnoi was a draw.
Aug-11-05  Anatooly Homedepotov: As <refutor> pointed out, Korchnoi should at least have split his 2 points with the birthday boy. This wasn't a serious event.
Aug-11-05  madlydeeply: Korchnoi doesn't draw because Korchnoi is a FIGHTER! Thats why we LOVE HIM!

Sheesh. Draw lovers. Kramnik fans probably.

I doubt Unzicker lost any sleep over losing to Korchnoi. I wouldn't.

Aug-11-05  Anatooly Homedepotov: Hey hey them's fightin' words.
Aug-11-05  OneBadDog: There's a story about Korchnoi visiting Taimanov at Taimanov's birthday party. The two of them played a "friendly" game where Korchnoi obtained a very slight endgame advantage. The game ended up lasting several hours before finally being drawn.
Aug-11-05  madlydeeply: There is another story about when Korcnoi met Karpov for the first time. Karpov was just a young whippersnapper. He beat Korchnoi at a few blitz games and then Korchnoi wouldn't let Karpov leave until Korchnoi won at least once. They played all night long. Karpov didn't give in either. So see they are both crazy. And that is why WE love them. Everybody in my brain that is.
Aug-11-05  refutor: yeah but if you take away the 2 games korchnoi won v. the birthday boy it would've been 1.karpov, 2.spassky, 3.korchnoi.
Aug-11-05  sitzkrieg: haha those glasses are ridicolous he is sooooo mad,
thanks for the link montreal
Aug-11-05  madlydeeply: This is from montreal's link:

Finally Wolfgang Unzicker said a few words about his jubilee and the players: “I liked the precision and the fine play of Anatoly Karpov in this event.Viktor once again showed his fighting spirit. There are only a few chess players in the history of chess who have played every game with full power: Pillsbury, Morphy and Lasker. Viktor Korchnoi definitely belongs to this fine group of players.”

How about this: All young players must offer the older player a draw. Now there is a sweet tournament!

Aug-11-05  Montreal1666: You don't get to become a "chess legend" unless you are crazy!!!

That's the first requirement in FIDE's handbook!

<refutor> good point, but it seems you couldn't expect Korchnoi to understand that. Judging by his sunglasses! He is still in Soviet state of mind and fighting!

Aug-11-05  Knight13: Unzicker turned 80! And Boris Spassky is old.
Aug-11-05  OneBadDog: <I doubt Unzicker lost any sleep over losing to Korchnoi. I wouldn't.> Nowadays, I doubt Unzicker loses any sleep over anything. LOL
Aug-11-05  blingice: I know drawing is the norm in GM chess, but it is kind of lame that a tournament that doesn't really have any significance is primarily draws. Phst.
Aug-11-05  Anatooly Homedepotov: C'mon <Knight13> You know anyone over 25 is old to you.
Aug-11-05  Koster: So Karpov played 6 games against players 13, 20 and 26 years older and could only win 1 game. What chance would he have against Fischer :)
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  WannaBe: <OneBadDog: I doubt Unizicker...> Why does that bring up images of Grandpa Abe Simpson ? ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzz
Aug-12-05  The King Returns1: It's the guy's birthday party....couldn't they at least let him win a few games???
Aug-12-05  Anatooly Homedepotov: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ(I'm dreaming that this page and old age in general isn't depressing)ZZZZZZZZZZ....(don't wake me up)...
Aug-12-05  Robin01: Korchnoi must have worn the glasses just to aggravate Karpov.
Aug-12-05  sitzkrieg: @ Koster; I think Karpov surely could win a lot more but he didnt want or needed to. It is not coincidence that he won of Korchnoi alone, against whom he has a grudge.
Aug-20-05  humanehuman: I love the kool glasses; Vik looks like a sort of evil alien from a Sci movie,or maybe a good Bond Villain...Emeteris Evilis
Aug-22-05  THE pawn: Korchnoi as a bond vilain...hum...
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