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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Spanish Class" (game of the day Oct-25-2014)
Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), City of Baguio PHI, rd 8, Aug-03
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0

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Jul-26-14
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  eternaloptimist: Roll Out the Red Karpet
Jul-27-14
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  eternaloptimist: Apparently Korchnoi wasn't familiar w/ this equation when Karpov has at least 2 heavy pieces [♖(s) &/or ♕] on the board.: no 0-0/0-0-0 + weakened ♙ structure or no ♙s in front of your ♔ = a good chance for a loss for his opponent :D
Oct-25-14  greenfield67: Wait. This is a nice game, showing that a pawn is a small price to pay for the initiative in an open position. But what do I see above? No, not just an elegant annotation from <Phony Benoni>, but a post from <chrisowen> in a language approximating English...
Oct-25-14  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> Brilliant post from Jul-31-12 !

*****

Oct-25-14
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  Once: <Phony> Very funny! Enjoyed that.
Oct-25-14  Ratt Boy: Glad to see this as GOTD, showing that the generally risk-free Karpov was capable of scintillating attacks when the situation called for them.

Oh, and allow me to join the chorus of accolades for <Phony Benoni's> brilliant comment. Holy cow; I literally LOLed.

Oct-25-14
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  catlover: <Phony Benoni> Sign me up!
Oct-25-14  Rookiepawn: From <Phony Benoni>'s book I only grasped the concept of "desperation", which often happens to me.

Sometimes I also read the line "the rest is a matter of technique", which immediately makes me think "Sure, exactly what I have no idea about".

Oct-25-14
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  kevin86: A mate to follow...almost, but not quite, a smothered mate.
Oct-25-14  Tigranny: Interesting GOTD but I would've liked a different and more enticing pun.
Oct-25-14  rogl: <Tigranny: Interesting GOTD but I would've liked a different and more enticing pun.> How about Spanish Master Class?
Oct-25-14  Tigranny: I was thinking something other than Spanish Class in it, but I appreciate your thought. :)
Oct-25-14  Tim Delaney: There is a forced mate, but it takes a while:
28. Nd8+...Bf5; 29. Qxf5+...Ke7; 30. Qf8+...Kd7; 31. Qxg7+...Kc8 (if Kc6, Rc1+ and mate follows)32. Qg4+!...Kxd8 33. Rf8+...Ke7 34. Qg7+...Ke6 35. Rf6+...Kd5 36. Qg5+...K any 37. Rf3 And mate in just a few.

I join many others in their admiration of Phony's hilarious post.

Oct-26-14  morfishine: Great game, and not just because its another Karpov crush, but the fact he inflicts such devastation vs a Spanish expert
Nov-19-14  MarkFinan: I liked this game too. First decisive game in the match. Forced mate in 16 according to my engine from here.


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Mar-25-15  SimonWebbsTiger: Danny King takes a look at the game on his YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuI...
Jul-30-15  SimplicityRichard: In my opinion, one of Karpov's best. #
Oct-26-17
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  Check It Out: Also, one of <Phony Benoni>s all time great posts!
Oct-26-17  Howard: Phoney Benoni's insightful 3100-level annotations remind me, frankly, of a review that Taylor Kingston wrote ten years ago about a "book" that Eric Schiller wrote on Fisher's best games. He stated that the book--among other serious issues--had annotations like "White castles so as to safeguard his king", and other similar "annotations".

If one needs convincing that it was an absolute potboiler of a book, read the part in the review where Kingston points out that according to Schiller, Euwe was quite possibly of "world championship-caliber".

Wasn't Euwe WC once?! Lemme Google his name just to be sure....

Oct-26-17
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  perfidious: <Howard>, see Carsten Hansen's review of Schiller's work on the Frankenstein-Dracula line in the Vienna here:

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hanse...

Oct-26-17  Howard: Thanks for the link!

Then, there was that "book" of Schiller's called Unorthodox Chess Openings, in which the late Tony Mile's review of it consisted of just two words: utter crap.

Dec-15-17  MariusDaniel: Great chess moves!
Nov-24-18  thejack: Im actually a bit confused as to why everyone seems to give those Schiller books such a bad rap. Sure, they seem to be somewhat poorly put together from an editing point of view, but for the chess content, I find them more appealing than those awful "move by move" books by Everyman, and the ones by Cyrus Lakdawala in particular. They dont cover the games "move by move" to begin with, and they mainly just construct their notes around computer lines and evaluations, which to me is far worse than what Schiller does. At least he TRIES to explain what is going on..
Jan-30-19  carpovius: Hard to believe that this plays at WC. The challenger looks like a patzer. Poor guy :)
Jan-30-19
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  catlover: According to the book "Annotate Like a Grandmaster," after Karpov's 26. Rd7, I should suggest that had Korchnoi played 26...Bxd7, then after 27. Qxf7 the line 27...Rxf7, 28 Rxf7# is forced. The point is that the black king can neither move, capture the rook, nor interpose a piece.

Wow. The rest is a matter of technique.

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