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Lichthof Chess Champions Tournament

Garry Kasparov4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Anatoly Karpov4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Judit Polgar2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi0.5/6(+0 -5 =1)[games]

 

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Polgar vs Karpov ½-½432006Lichthof Chess ChampionsE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
2. Kasparov vs Korchnoi 1-0232006Lichthof Chess ChampionsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. J Polgar vs Kasparov 0-1282006Lichthof Chess ChampionsB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Karpov vs Korchnoi 1-0852006Lichthof Chess ChampionsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. Korchnoi vs J Polgar 0-1542006Lichthof Chess ChampionsE73 King's Indian
6. Kasparov vs Karpov ½-½532006Lichthof Chess ChampionsE12 Queen's Indian
7. Korchnoi vs Kasparov ½-½452006Lichthof Chess ChampionsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Karpov vs J Polgar 1-0222006Lichthof Chess ChampionsE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
9. Korchnoi vs Karpov 0-1522006Lichthof Chess ChampionsD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Kasparov vs J Polgar 1-0472006Lichthof Chess ChampionsE60 King's Indian Defense
11. J Polgar vs Korchnoi 1-0392006Lichthof Chess ChampionsC12 French, McCutcheon
12. Karpov vs Kasparov ½-½192006Lichthof Chess ChampionsD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Aug-23-06  Knight13: Korchni is getting old. Give him a pat on the back. Kasparov is playing less chess and probably losing chess experience. Don't scold if he goes bad. Karpov still plays a lot of chess and is studying. Don't give him compliments.
Aug-23-06  diagonal: Some postings I can't understand, really, there is no need for insulting chess champions!

Of course, this blitz tournament ended with a bad result for unlucky and exhausted Korchnoi. The exhibition was fixed as rapid and then contrary to the invitation changed to blitz in last minute, as chief arbiter Lothar Schmid (you remember, 1972 Fischer vs. Spassky, 1978 Karpov vs. Korchnoi) confirmed to the audience at the Lichthof (I was there as a kibitz). Korchnoi not knowing that arrived to Zurich just from a tournament in Spain, where he started with 4.5/5 points in an Open, the BANYOLES 2006 International Chess Festival, including on Sunday evening a 87-moves game / win and he flew directly back to Spain to play against the leader Sergei Tiviakov, just the day after this Lichthof exhibition!

Btw: In this second-last round today Korchnoi beat under "normal" time conditions Tiviakov and is now leading together with Tiger Hillarp Persson (for the two rounds missing because of the Exhibition at Zurich, Korchnoi was obviously not paired in Swiss system, given twice a bye of half a point / lost twice half a point respectively). The game against Sergei Tiviakov (ELO 2668, exactly the same rating as Karpov) was broadcasted on Internet with live webcam coverage. But nevertheless practically nobody seems to take notice....

....instead of there is at least partly an overinterpretating of blitz games and repeatedly stipulated that Korchnoi is getting older. Yes, he is. Viktor Korchnoi plays still an awful lot, with ups and downs - this is part of his legend:

Just on July and August he played (list is uncompleted) the Odessa rapid (Geller-Memorial), coming third with wins against Lautier and Ivanchuk (sure, Ivanchuk was blundering away the game in the end, but Korchnoi made five really nice bishop moves in a row and beat a top-ten player), the Swiss Championship (sole second ahead of Pelletier but behind Jenni due to short loss to Gallagher), the Senior European Championship (where he beat winner Ivkov but lost twice to minor opponents), the mentioned Spain Open and the Lichthof Exhibition, nota bene followed by simultaneous games - in less than two months. Korchnoi also played at the Olympiads and many other tournaments this year.

For most persons aged UNDER 75 years such a programm would be certainly too exhausting.

Aug-23-06  aw1988: Thank god for diagonal.
Aug-23-06  Confuse: does anyone have a picture of young korchnoi? I'd like to see that. : )
Aug-23-06  aw1988: http://www.chesstigers.de/bilder/ke...

At approximately 24.

Aug-23-06  positionalgenius: Hey,does anyone have pictures of a young Karpov?
Aug-24-06  Confuse: thanks <aw1988>! wow he looks so different. i wonder how i'd look like at 75... oh well.
Aug-24-06  KingG: In such a short format, anything can happen. Especially with such great players. I don't know why everyone is so critical of Korchnoi. It doesn't come close to Shirov's performance in a rapid event earlier this year where he scored 0.5/9! http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.... I don't remember anyone saying age was catching up with Shirov.
Aug-24-06  dravid: Korchnoi is the oldest participant so maybe age is a factor and it's showing in his play. Plus, even if this event were to happen say 10 years ago, I would still give the favorite status to Kasparov and Karpov.
Aug-25-06  TylerD: Yes, it is a funny fact that 10, 15 or even 20 years ago, the result would have been the same... 20 years ago, though, I guess Polgar wouldn t be match of a match for the others, even Kortnjoj...
Aug-25-06  s4life: <aw1988: <Time has taken its toll on poor ole Viktor. At that age probably only one in five of his original brain cells is still alive and kicking. When I visit my dad in the home it seem like most the oldies have alzheimer's or senile dementia. Even Kasparov looks old now and he isn't even 45.> What an insult!>

I agree... no respect there.

Aug-27-06  sixfeetunder: Some studies say that playing chess is the best prophylaxis against dementia.
Aug-29-06  virginmind: diagonal: very good point.
Aug-29-06  spirit: sincerely me envy korchnoi,at this level of play he'll still manage to beat a 2600+ at age 80!...
Aug-29-06  hidude: who is who in the pictures?
Aug-29-06  cicero1974: <spirit: sincerely me envy korchnoi,at this level of play he'll still manage to beat a 2600+ at age 80!...> I think he is 'only' 75.
Aug-29-06
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  Sneaky: <who is who in the pictures? > Oh come on, you really don't know?

Korchnoi is bald. Kasparov has the blue shirt. Karpov is wearing the grey jacket. (And if you can't figure out which one Judit is then you really have problems!)

Aug-29-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  ganstaman: <sixfeetunder: Some studies say that playing chess is the best prophylaxis against dementia.> Do the studies show that playing chess actually causes a lower susceptibility to dementia, or simply a correlation between those that play chess and those that are less likely to get dementia? Without seeing the studies, i really don't know which way they go. That is, those that play chess a lot may be less susceptible to dementia due to some other factor (this factor also leads to them playing chess a lot). But forcing someone to play chess may not have any affect on whether or not they are affected by dementia.

As all statistics classes teach, relation does not imply causation. However, the studies could have been set up to show causation, so I don't know which way it is.

Sep-08-06  spirit: <cicero1974> 80 - 75 = 5 not 50
Nov-01-06  spreadsanity: <ganstaman: <sixfeetunder: Some studies say that playing chess is the best prophylaxis against dementia.> Do the studies show that playing chess actually causes a lower susceptibility to dementia ... relation does not imply causation....>

This Article in The Economist states 'keeping mentally agile protects against dementia' as an accepted fact, and describes a link in rats between mental stimulus and keeping brain cells alive: http://economist.com/science/displa...

Nov-15-06  vesivialvy93: ...is this possible that from now Karpov is as good as Kasparov are in blitz ? in New York Karpov won his short match vs Kasparov... maybe Kasparov is only a 2700 player today ? if someone would have told me 20 years ago that Karpov will play like that at 56-57 years of age and in blitz...lol this guy is clearly stronger than anybody at this age except for Kortchnoi of course ! how Karpov can be stronger in blitz in his 50's than he was at 30 ???
Nov-15-06  TIMER: Indeed Karpov should have been invited to the World Blitz Championship- he is still a top player in blitz (Polgar was in that championship too, for instance). Remember Tal won the World Blitz Championship when he was very ill in 1988 near the end of his life!( although he was only in his 50s)
Nov-15-06  percyblakeney: Karpov is still a strong blitz player, but a bit uneven as his recent losses against Humpy Koneru and Zhao Xue in Cap d'Agde shows. Here Korchnoi and maybe also Polgar missed winning moves against Karpov in their games with black, but in any case he of course did very well in this tournament...
Nov-15-06  TIMER: <percyblakeney> You are right, and I suppose blitz is very unpredictable anyway. Interesting how on that site the other day, Kasparov was by far the highest in blitz (over 2870) since 2000 while Anand was second with around 2790 (nearer to Karpov 10th with 2720). I would not have expected that. See : http://members.aon.at/sfischl/blitz...
Nov-15-06  vesivialvy93: <timer>Shirov is 4th but do you know if this is include his terrible last blitz tournament ? with 0,5 /6 ?
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