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Vladimir Bagirov vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 16, Feb-20
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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  TheAlchemist: Here, so I've read, Korchnoi accidentally touched his a6-bishop and wanted to take the rook on e1, and when he noticed it wasn't possible, he simply resigned.

Meanwhile, the boy at the demo board was being cursed upon as being incompetent etc. Well, at least he got his final laugh, I'd say :-)

Jun-16-06  acirce: Yes, he had intended 27..Bxe1 with good winning chances after for example 28.Rxe1 Rxa8 29.Qf3 e2. It was one of the final rounds of the USSR Championship, and after this stupid loss of Korchnoi's, Geller was in clear lead 0.5 points ahead. But Korchnoi recovered fantastically, went 3/3 in the final rounds against Krogius, Geller to overtake the lead (with Black!) and Suetin, and took clear first.
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  whiteshark: "In the sixteenth round Viktor met a debutant in the championship, and everyone was hoping that he would become one of the sole leaders. Kortchnoi outplayed his opponent with black and gained a great advantage. The culminating point was reached. It was White's 27th move. After an exchange of rooks, Black's passed pawn would be almost at the prize square. Suddenly, Kortchnoi got up abruptly from the board and left the stage almost at a run. The sign appeared: 'White won'. There was noise in the hall, and laughter. The demonstrator, of course, had simply mixed things up. But almost immediately it transpired that the demonstrator was not wrong at all. Kortchnoi, instead of taking the enemy rook with his bishop, had picked up the other bishop, which was pointing into empty space. After waving the piece around in confusion, he promptly resigned. The involuntary offender against the favourite of the Leningrad fans, a tall, dark-haired man of Eastern appearance, merely spread his hands.

Kortchnoi nevertheless won his last three games and became champion of the country for the first time. His opponent in that dramatic game received a present, of course. He had played strongly, at grandmaster level, and, by taking fourth place, he finished ahead of many of the stars of Soviet chess. That tall, dark-haired man was <Vladimir Bagirov>."

- Genna Sosonko, The reliable Past

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  zydeco: Korchnoi explains that it was a "nervy day." His baby was ill and he had to help his wife at home. And he was distracted by the Geller vs Gufeld, 1960 farce, with Gufeld 'shamelessly' throwing his game. Shame - because Korchnoi played the opening very cleverly and seemed to be on his way to a smooth victory.
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  perfidious: Fat lot of good the machinations in Geller-Gufeld did the former in the end....
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  offramp: Korchnoi must be the only Russian to <think> in descriptive.
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