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Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Quarterfinal Match

Viktor Korchnoi5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games] Chess Event Description
Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Quarterfinal (1980)

For this match, Korchnoi qualified by reaching the Korchnoi - Spassky Candidates Final (1977). Petrosian qualified from the Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979). The three other quarterfinals were the Hübner - Adorjan Candidates Quarterfinal (1980), Portisch - Spassky Candidates Quarterfinal (1980) and Polugaevsky - Tal Candidates Quarterfinal (1980). In all four matches, the winner was first to get 5.5 points. The matches were held in order to select a challenger for Anatoly Karpov, the World Champion.


Velden, Austria, 8-25 March 1980

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 GM Korchnoi 2695 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5½ 2 GM Petrosian 2615 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 3½

Chief arbiter: Harry Golombek.

Korchnoi advanced to the Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1980).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Petrosian ½-½701980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalD94 Grunfeld
2. Petrosian vs Korchnoi ½-½161980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalE46 Nimzo-Indian
3. Korchnoi vs Petrosian ½-½511980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
4. Petrosian vs Korchnoi ½-½451980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
5. Korchnoi vs Petrosian 1-0461980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Petrosian vs Korchnoi ½-½381980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalE12 Queen's Indian
7. Korchnoi vs Petrosian ½-½381980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
8. Petrosian vs Korchnoi ½-½201980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalE12 Queen's Indian
9. Korchnoi vs Petrosian 1-0441980Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates QuarterfinalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Zenchess: This match deserves to be better known. In spite of Korchnoi's margin, the reality is that Petrosian missed either outright wins (especially games 4 & 5) or chances to secure an advantage in every single game from 3 to 7. The one game where Korchnoi completely outplays Petrosian is game 9. I've never seen a match where one side had so many chances to put the other side away and couldn't do it.
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  ZonszeinP: Petrosian found it very hard to play Korchnoi in the last years. Not from the purely chess aspect,
But psychologically
Jan-25-17  Petrosianic: All the Soviets did. Losing to Korchnoi meant unpleasant repercussions at home. But another factor is that Petrosian was in his 50's when this match was played, while Korchnoi, though almost as old, was at his peak.
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  perfidious: It was a far different kettle of fish for Petrosian, once he was sacked as editor of <64>, no longer the doyen of the Soviet chess press, and bottom rail was on top in his matches with Korchnoi, the more so after the latter defected.
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  ZonszeinP: It was indeed quite different with Petrosian.
They used to be friends in the past.
Ended up kicking each other's legs under the table while playing...
Jan-25-17  Howard: Wow! Five comments on this match in just one day! I, too, have felt this match deserves to be better remembered.

Petrosian, by the way, also missed a win in Game 7, according to the Informant.

Also, Korchnoi apparently missed an almost certain win in Game 1.

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  ZonszeinP: Чwhat a pity

The last chance Petrosian had to prove he was (always) a better player than Korchnoi

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  offramp: It is very sad that Petrosian died so young, at 55. His knowledge of chess was so comprehensive that I can imagine him, like Smyslov, reaching a Candidate's Final in his 60s.
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  ZonszeinP: A genius!

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