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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 16, Aug-24
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-27-04  morphyvsfischer: chessgames.com, this is the 16th match game, played on August 24th.
Jul-17-05  calman543: Karpov never got more than a draw against Korchnoi's French Defense during their Candidates and World Title matches, yet Korchnoi didn't employ it during the 1981 World Title match.
Mar-31-06  drukenknight: I was thinking the same thing. To be more precise, in the final game in 1978, Korchnoi had all the momentum, the score was tied, and it seemed all he needed to do was to hold serve as black. So he plays a Pirc and lost a listless game. Why not the French, just to draw?
Apr-01-06
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  offramp: Everyone seemed to know beforehand that the 32nd game was going to be the last one. Kortschnoi did draw all of those games, but I can't remember him having winning chances in any of those games. As you say, <Korchnoi had all the momentum> and I think he wanted to set Karpov real problems as black in that 32nd game, while Karpov was at a very low ebb.

As it happened, Karpov showed tremendous resilience in winning that game.

Apr-01-06  drukenknight: resiliance is not the word. It was probably the worst performance of the match by Korchnoi, he got no play out of it, his Pirc opening was listless. But like you say, he was really trying to win as black in this game, but again why not go with French and trust his great knowledge of the French as well as his momentum, rather than his drawish record with it.
Apr-01-06
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  offramp: I am going to post more about that game at Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978.
Apr-01-06  drukenknight: each player seemed to have one clunker in that match, for Karpov it was one of the early ones, I think his first loss. For Korch. the final game.
Apr-09-08  Knight13: <To be more precise, in the final game in 1978, Korchnoi had all the momentum, the score was tied, and it seemed all he needed to do was to hold serve as black. So he plays a Pirc and lost a listless game. Why not the French, just to draw?> How was he suppose to know that playing French WILL give him a draw?
Nov-21-08
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  Chessdreamer: Errata! ...42.bxa5 Rxb2 1/2-1/2.
Apr-11-09  WhiteRook48: and yet they played 9 more moves

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