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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.>
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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: Korchnoiīs 8. Qc2 was very strong novelty .

As Tal (a member of Karpovīs 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 Karpovīs 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...........

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  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!

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  Biroldo: Excellent Karpov! This the triumph of patience and perseverance!!
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