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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 27, Sep-28
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1

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May-13-05  PivotalAnorak: Quiet and brilliant game. Typical Karpov. Central domination (d file) and a timely break (19... c6!) finally allow the win of a pawn which is methodically pushed forward. At move 41, no need to adjourn, it's all over. Tolya, u r my man ! :-)
Jul-20-07  MJW 72: Korchnoi called this game the weakest of the match.
Apr-10-08  Knight13: <Korchnoi called this game the weakest of the match.> I disagree. This is better than lots of his other games in the match. Just 'cause he missed 24...Bg4 in his calculation?? <25. Qg2 Bxf2 loses a pawn.>
Sep-18-10
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  tpstar: [Fritz 7]: 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Nd5 Nxd5 6. cxd5 Nd4 7. Nxd4 exd4 8. Qc2 Qe7 9. Bg2 Bc5 10. 0-0 0-0 11. e3 Bb6 12. a4 dxe3 13. dxe3 a5 14. Bd2 [last book move] Bc5 15. Bc3 d6 [consolidates e5] 16. Qd2 b6 17. Rfe1 Bd7 18. e4 Rfe8 19. Kh1 c6 20. e5 cxd5 [Weaker is 20 ... dxe5 21. dxc6 Be6 22. Rxe5 ] 21. Bxd5 Rad8 22. Qf4 Qf8 23. Qf3 dxe5 24. Bxe5 Bg4 25. Qxg4 Rxd5 26. Bc3 Red8 27. Kg2 Bd4 28. Rac1 g6 29. Qe2 Qd6 30. Bxd4 Rxd4 31. Qb5 [31. Qf3 Rd3 32. Re3 Rxe3 33. Qxe3 Qd5+ 34. Kg1 Qd2 ] Rb4 [ ] 32. Re8+ Kg7 33. Rxd8 Qxd8 34. Qe2 Qd5+ 35. f3 Rxa4 36. Rc2 Rd4 37. Qe3 b5 38. h4 h5 39. Qe2 a4 40. Qe3 b4 41. Rf2 0-1.

Strange to see 4 d Pawns in a WC game. =)

Great major piece endgame by Karpov.

Apr-23-11  bronkenstein: Korchnoi´s 8. Qc2 was very strong novelty .

As Tal (a member of Karpov´s team during the match ) says , Korchnoi was clearly better , maintaining advantage for long time by very fine manouvers , then came the time trouble and blunders... the game is far from Karpov´s masterpiece as it might look judging by result only ;) ... and ppl like to do it so often .

Jul-26-14  Howard: If I remember correctly, it said in the local paper that the day after the game was adjourned, one of Korchnoi's assistants (either Keene or Stean, probably) called him at his hotel room that morning to talk to him about the adjourned position, and Korchnoi just told him to just go ahead and resign the game on his behalf.

This latest victory by Karpov now made the score 5-2. No doubt everyone (myself included !) assumed that he would have little trouble now wrapping up the match.

Things didn't quite turn out that way, as some of us well recall...........

Oct-25-15  offramp: After 41.Rf2 black is a pawn ahead:


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I <think> that Black will now play 41...Rd3.


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Black now attacks f3 and intends ...a4-a3, creating a passed pawn. It also attacks white's queen!

Let's try 42.Qb6, trying to do something.


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Then black would play 42...Rb3. This is after adjournment, so black would have loads of time to study the position.


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Now Black threatens ...a3 and there is a potential attack on the white queen. White is almost running out of moves. In fact, after 41...Rd3 he is very short of moves. Have a look!

May-19-16  Biroldo: Excellent Karpov! This the triumph of patience and perseverance!!
Jun-28-22  cormier: depth=47 | Komodo 2901.00
-1.00 32. Qc6 Qd5+ 33. Kg1 Qxc6 34. Rxc6 Rd7 35. Re2 Rb7 36. b3 Rxb3 37. Re4 Kg7 38. Kg2 Rd7 39. h4 h5 40. Kf1 Rb2 41. Kg2 Rb1 42. Rf4 Rb3 43. Re4 Rb7 44. Rc8 Rd3 45. Rc6 Rdd7 46. Rec4 Rd2 47. Rf4 Rd1 48. Re4 Rd5 49. Rec4 Rdd7 50. Rf4 Rd2 51. Re4 Ra2 52. Rf4 Re2 53. Rf3 Rb2 54. Rf4 Ra7 55. Rd6 Rc7 56. Rd8 Re7
Jun-28-22  cormier: depth=49 | Komodo 2901.00
-0.12 31. Qf3 Rd3 32. Re3 Rxe3 33. Qxe3 Qd5+ 34. Kg1 Qd2 35. Qc3 Qd4 36. b3 h5 37. Qxd4 Rxd4 38. Kf1 Rb4 39. Rc3 Kg7 40. Ke2 Kf6 41. f3 Ke5 42. Re3+ Kd6 43. Kd2 b5 44. axb5 Rxb5 45. Kc3 g5 46. Kc4 Rc5+ 47. Kd4 Rf5 48. Kc4 h4 49. gxh4 gxh4 50. Rd3+ Kc6 51. Rd4 h3 52. f4 Rc5+ 53. Kd3 Kb5
Jun-29-22
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  Everett: <bronkenstein: Korchnoi´s 8. Qc2 was very strong novelty . As Tal (a member of Karpov´s team during the match ) says , Korchnoi was clearly better , maintaining advantage for long time by very fine manouvers , then came the time trouble and blunders... the game is far from Karpov´s masterpiece as it might look judging by result only ;) ... and ppl like to do it so often .>

FWIW Stock fish seems to agree that this is remarkably accurate play from Black.

Jun-29-22
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  Everett: Seems play was nearly perfectly balanced until White’s 31st.

Stockfish sees only Black’s 8th to be a mistake. Otherwise, no improvements recommended for Black through move 36..Rd4, with a commanding/winning advantage.

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