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Viktor Korchnoi vs Robert James Fischer
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 26, Jun-21
King's Indian Attack: Symmetrical Defense (A05)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-04-10  Peter Nemenyi: A serious game of Fischer's without any kibitzing? Remarkable.

This game looks interesting because Korchnoi's opening is given as the King's Indian Attack, a minor favourite of Fischer's which Bobby rarely had to face as Black. But since Fischer played the KIA after 1. e4, the situations aren't really comparable.

By this round at Curacao Fischer and Korchnoi both knew that they weren't going to win, so just the fact that played to the time control showed them to have more fighting spirit than some of the contestants in that drawfest. This result was relevant to the final placings, since Fischer finished fourth with fourteen points and Korchnoi fifth with thirteen and a half.

Feb-04-10  CruyffTurn: Nah, this isn't a KIA - by the 6th move it's a Benoni. A lot of cg's naming of openings is very stoopid, to say the least.
Feb-04-10  AnalyzeThis: Korchnoi was trying to beat Fischer the same way that Benko had, earlier in the tournament. I actually enjoyed Korchnoi's play in this game.

Fischer showed that he had learned his lesson, from the Benko game.

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  HeMateMe: Fischer was 19 when this was played. Like Carlsen, he hadn't reached his peak yet.
Sep-19-10  Rama: I like 42. Qe4 ..., threat 43. Rh3 ..., a double attack against b1 and h7 with h1 covered.
Sep-20-10  fab4: <Rama>.. Trouble is 42.Qe4 does'nt threaten 43.Rh3 because the rook on d3 is pinned against f1.... Fischer has Rb2+ in the air, but can really only hope for Korchnoi to force things.. but Korchnoi obviously did'nt fancy that considering how open his king is.
Sep-21-10  Rama: Oh it is dangerous alright!

But the Rook-check does not intimidate: after 42. Qe4 Rb2+, 43. Bxb2 axb2, 44. Rh3 ..., there is no time to queen and besides b1 is covered.

42. Qe4 h6, looks playable but 43. R/7d6 cuts across, so 42. Qe4 Qh6, is better. So is taking the 6th and THEN Qe4 best for white?

Fun to analyze, isn't it?

But hey, this game was late in the tournament, prizes were not at stake and K already had a plus-score against Bobby, who obviously offered the draw here.

Sep-21-10  fab4: Yes it is.

Still, your recommendation of Qe4 does'nt threaten Rh3 because of Qf1+..

Fischer's potential Rb2 is dangerous in association with Qa2, and the threat of discovered check on the 2nd rank.

Fischer also has Qh6 in response to Qe4, threatening to invade on h2 ect...

IMO it's Korchnoi who carried much more risks in playing on.

Nov-10-15  rune ohlsson: Fischer was close to another loss against Korchnoi.

38. e6 and White wins

Sep-13-18  NeverAgain: Yep, 38.e6 wins in a straightforward fashion: the e6-e7/Rd7-d8 plan is irresistible. 37...Rg6 was a bad blunder, as was the knee-jerk reaction to it, 38.g4. To stay in the ± game Black had to maintain the blockade on e6. After this double oversight there really wasn't much to play for.
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  harrylime: Fischer against the Soviet School of Chess in this tournament.

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