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Robert James Fischer vs Viktor Korchnoi
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 5, May-09
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack (B09)  ·  0-1

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Jan-11-17  Petrosianic: Um, it's actually the only game in which Fischer fell into a book trap in the opening. It's not in M60MG, no.
Jan-11-17  Howard: Yes, 13.g4? was Fischer's mistake. As Mednis later put it, "after that, the rest of the game is a slaughter."
Jan-11-17  parisattack: Fischer had a bit of fondness for g4 and ...g5. Nice discussion of same in Agur's Bobby Fischer: His Approach to Chess.
Jan-12-17  RookFile: 33... Qxg3 has a sense of humor to it.
Jan-12-17
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  maxi: <RookFile: 33... Qxg3 has a sense of humor to it.> Remarkable. For the second time in the same game Korchnoi surprises Fischer offering material.
Mar-15-17  ChessHigherCat: <maxi: <RookFile: 33... Qxg3 has a sense of humor to it.> Remarkable. For the second time in the same game Korchnoi surprises Fischer offering material.>

It's pretty generous considering it just barely wins: 33. ...Qg3 34. Nxg3 a2 35. Nf5 a1Q 36. Qxa1 Bxa1 37. Nxd6 and black just has a pawn advantage, although it's a passer.

Mar-15-17  RookFile: Don't forget about the rook on f8.
Mar-15-17
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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat:...It's pretty generous considering it just barely wins: 33. ...Qg3 34. Nxg3 a2 35. Nf5 a1Q 36. Qxa1 Bxa1 37. Nxd6 and black just has a pawn advantage, although it's a passer.>

If you look closely you'll see that it is not a passer. It is already passed.

Mar-15-17  ChessHigherCat: <RoofFile:> That's exactly what I did, sorry I didn't say anything"

<offramp>: Is there really some technical difference between a "passer" ( "potentially passed pawn") vs. a "passed pawn" or are you just taking the pass out of me?

Mar-16-17
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  maxi: In <ChessHigherCat> line 33. ...Qg3 34. Nxg3 a2 35. Nf5 a1Q 36. Qxa1 Bxa1 37. Nxd6, it should be mentioned that playing 35...Ra8 first before the promotion is even stronger, as it keeps the rook and both extra pawns.
Mar-16-17  ChessHigherCat: <maxi: In <ChessHigherCat> line 33. ...Qg3 34. Nxg3 a2 35. Nf5 a1Q 36. Qxa1 Bxa1 37. Nxd6, it should be mentioned that playing 35...Ra8 first before the promotion is even stronger, as it keeps the rook and both extra pawns.>

I'm sure you're right but I just calculated it in my head and completely spaced out the rook, as <RookFile> rightly surmised. My comment wasn't totally worthless, though, because it shows that Korchnoi could have dramatically tossed the rook into the wastepaper basket before playing 33....Qg3 and he would still have won (although I doubt that Bobby would have appreciated the beauty of his gesture).

Mar-17-17
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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat>, the only passer I know is <Passer gongonensis>, the parrot-billed sparrow!
Mar-17-17  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: <ChessHigherCat>, the only passer I know is <Passer gongonensis>, the parrot-billed sparrow!>

Is that related to the specious endangered species Passus goinggoinggonguenensis?

Mar-18-17
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  tamar: Using offramp's exact terminology, a passer is only a passer for one move as it passes the opponent's pawn.

Then it transforms into a passed pawn for the rest of its life.

Passer-bys become passe'

Mar-18-17  ughaibu: A passed pawn might cease to be passed following a capture by a pawn of the opponent, and thus it might again be a passer.
Jun-06-17  I Like Fish: er...
Jul-31-17  Toribio3: Brutal finish by Korchnoi!
Oct-18-18
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  OhioChessFan: What a beatdown. If you told me Fishcher had White against a Pirc and lost in 33 moves, I'd have questioned your sanity.
Oct-18-18
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  OhioChessFan: Clicking quickly through the game, it's really fascinating that Black plays d6 and g6 in the first 3 moves, and then the entire set of Kindside Pawns stays right there for 20 moves.
Mar-23-19  bubuli55: “It’s Korch ing Hot”
Mar-24-19  bubuli55: “Is Korch in Heat” ( Scorching Heat )
Mar-25-19  SugarDom: Skorched Earth Policy
Oct-11-19  backyard pawn: It looks like after White responds: 34. Nxg3, Black can pretty much wrap it up with: 34. ..., Ra8.
Jan-06-20  SpiritedReposte: Or just <34. ...a2> straight away. Anything but <34. ...Bxg3??> giving white a draw from the jaws of defeat with <Qf6+> and <Qg5+> with perpetual check.
Jun-18-20
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  Fusilli: <Howard: Yes, 13.g4? was Fischer's mistake. As Mednis later put it, "after that, the rest of the game is a slaughter.">

It really comes down to that. And Viktor was quite the butcher when it came to refuting bad attacks.

In the end, 33...Bxg3 wins too. My first thought was that it was a trap and that 34.Nd4 would achieve the perpetual, but Black has 34...Qe3, the only move that stops the perpetual without losing the queen, and it's curtains. Of course 33...Qxg3 is flashier.

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