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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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Oct-25-14  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> Brilliant post from Jul-31-12 !

*****

Oct-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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: I´m 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 don´t 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
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  carpovius: Hard to believe that this plays at WC. The challenger looks like a patzer. Poor guy :)
Jan-30-19  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.

Nov-16-20  W Westerlund: I remember this. Compare the position after ten moves - just the Open Spanish - with the position after fifteen moves - and this was a WC game! 10. ... g6? 11.Qe2! 12.Nd4 13.f4 and 14.f5 and Korchnoi is lost. Played after 7 draws, one of which was a very difficult endgame after which Korchnoi commented that the had given Karpov a lecture. After this game, Krabbe asked what sort of a world champion would lose a game like this - Karpov 'lecturing' on attack.
Nov-17-20
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  perfidious: Karpov the Implacable.

One wonders whether Korchnoi lost his sense of danger; it seems apparent that the simple 12....Nxd4 13.cxd4 was not to his taste and would have left Black a strategically inferior position, but the pawn he gained in the game continuation offered him no succour.

Nov-17-20  SChesshevsky: Korchnoi looks to try to catch Karpov off guard with what I think is rare 10...g6. And probably did.

Have to believe he looked through grabbing the pawn in prep and assessed he could hold on. Maybe figuring weak king was offset with threats against g2 square.

What did he miss then? Guessing up to 17...Nd3 wasn't surprising. Was it 18. Bh6? 18...Bf8 looks tricky and to Korchnoi's taste but maybe not correct. Don't think losing control of the a8 diagonal was part of the plan. Turns out f7 being disastrously weaker than g2.

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