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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-24-08  mworld: first 2 moves were surprisingly easy to find - but the continuation eluded me.
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  whiteshark: You don't shake my hand and thereupon I won't play my prepaired line.

Well don't ask for logical reasons but this way it worked for Karpov after 7 draws.

Oct-24-08  rajivsubs: On move 26, can't black play Re7?
Oct-24-08  lost in space: Hmmm, not so easy.

This is what I saw:
25. Nh6 Rg7
or 25...Re7? 26. Rd8+ Re8 27. Qxf7+ Bxf7 28. Rxf7#

26. Rd7 Re7
26...Qc5 27. Qxf7+ Rxf7 28. Rfxf7+ Bxf7 Rxf7# or 26...Bxd7 Qxf7+ Rxf7 28. Rxf7#

27. Rxe7 Kxe7 28. Qf6+ Kd7 29. Qxg7

not mate, but Black can resign.

Oct-24-08  Woody Wood Pusher: I saw 25.Nh6,Rg7 26.Rd7,Re7 27.Rxe7,Kxe7 28.Qf6+,Ke8 (28..Kf8 29.Qd8 mate) 29.Qxg7 winning a rook.

26..Rb8 was not a defense I considered because white piles in on f7 then like in the game.

27.Rxf7+ leaves white to try and hold the draw after 27..Bxf7 28.Nxf7,Kg8

but 27.Nxf7 is a masterstroke! 27..Bxd7 loses to 28.Nd8+! but the other continuation is 27..Bg4 28.Qf4,Kg8 29.Nd8 again spoils the party.

Quite a game by Karpov!

Oct-24-08  zanshin: <rajivsubs: On move 26, can't black play Re7?>

I thought 26...Re7 would lose to 27.Rd8+ so I ran it by Rybka. Apparently, 26...Re7 is playable. (Note: Rybka truncates lines when the evals are >= +5.0)

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[+9.09] d=17 26...Re7 27.Rxe7 (1:24.42)
[+9.11] d=17 26...Rb8 27.Nxf7 (1:29.39)
[Mate in 4] d=2 26...a5 27.Rxf7 (0:00.00)

Oct-24-08  skemup: I missed it , i have chosen 25 Nh6 and 26 Qf6 for example 26..Rb8 27 Rd8+ or 26..Qc6 27Rg3 RxR 28 Qxf7 with mate

So i don't know if 26 Qf6 correct..

Oct-24-08  VooDooMoves: Stalemated King, so checks should be considered. Since white has no immediate ones, one has to be 'discovered. '

<25. Nh6!> Not only threatens to win the exchange but also threatens 26. Qxf7+ Bxf7 27. Rxf7 Mate! Black needs to guard f7 again and also move the rook away from g8. Only candidate is:

<25...Rg7> 25...Re7 26. Rd8+ Re8 ( 26...Kg7? 27. Qf6#) 27. Qxf7+ Bxf7 28. Rxf7#; 25...Bd5 26. Rxd5 Qxh6? 27. Qxf7#

<26. Rd7!> Hitting f7 again. Hardest move to find as it seems the rook can be taken for nothing. The idea is to remove the bishop from the defense of f7.

A)<26...Bxd7? 27. Qxf7+ Rxf7 28. Rxf7#>

B) <26...Re7 27. Rxe7 Kxe7> Or else be down a rook for no compensation <28. Qf6+ Kd7> 28...Kf8?? 29. Qd8 Mate <29. Qxg7> wins a rook

C)<26...f5 27. Qxf5+! Bxf5> 27...Rf7 28. Qxf7+ Bxf7 29. Rfxf7# or 27...Bf7 28. Qxf7+ Rxf7 29. Rfxf7# <28. Rxf5+ Rf7> 28....Qf6 only delays <29. Rfxf7#>

Combination starts out with a multi-purpose move that simultaneously uncovers and attack on f7 and takes away an important flight square for the black king. It's either lose a rook or be mated.

Oct-24-08  VooDooMoves: I saw that thr ♖e8 had to move but I never considered b8! Do I still get half credit ? :/
Oct-24-08  TheMacMan: fischer was right the games were all prearranged
Oct-24-08  DarthStapler: I got the first two moves
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  WannaBe: <DarthStapler: I got the first two moves>

You mean 1. e4 e5, right?? (Alright, jokings aside =)...

Apr-27-09  WhiteRook48: 28 Nd8+ is surprising
Jun-09-09  WhiteRook48: 28....Ke7 29 Qf8#
Sep-23-09  Hesam7:

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Rybka 2.2n2 @ depth 19:

13. ... Ned3 14.f5 gxf5 15.Nxf5 0-0 16.Nxg7 Kxg7 17.Bc2 Nxc1 18.Raxc1 Qd6 19.b4 Nd7 20.Qh5 (-0.06)

13. ... Nc4 14.f5 gxf5 15.Nxf5 Bf8 16.Bc2 Nd6 17.b4 Na4 18.Nd4 Qe7 19.Qh5 Bg7 20.N2b3 (-0.37)

13. ... Ned7 14.Bxd5 0-0 15.Bxa8 Qxa8 16.Nxe6 Nxe6 17.Nb3 Re8 18.Qf3 Qxf3 19.Rxf3 Ndc5 20.f5 (-0.80)

13. ... Nxb3 14.N2xb3 Nd7 15.g4 0-0 16.f5 Bxf5 17.gxf5 Re8 18.Qg2 Nf6 19.Bg5 Qd6 (-0.89)

Apr-06-11  talisman: 10...g6?......for black?
ok it's late i'll look it up tomorrow.
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  Fusilli: <<Hesam7:> 13. ... Nc4 14.f5 gxf5 15.Nxf5 Bf8 16.Bc2 Nd6 17.b4 Na4 18.Nd4 Qe7 19.Qh5 Bg7 20.N2b3 (-0.37)>

Interesting. My engine, admittedly much weaker than Rybka, evaluates this position as +0.35 or so, and it largely prefers 19.N2f3 over 19.Qh5. I wonder what Rybka, or any other top engine, thinks of 19.N2f3.

From a human point of view, 13...Nc4 does look like a mistake. 14.f5 looks very powerful... and Karpov showed it to be.

Korchnoi's position, already critical, collapses after 24...Re8. Did he not see 26.Rd7?

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<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4>

"The Open Defense, which is less often played than 5...Be7, the Closed Defense."

<6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 g6?!>

"The beginning of a bad plan; Black should complete his development."

<11.Qe2 Bg7>

"Consistent, but dangerous."


"A brilliant pawn sacrifice for which White receives tremendous compensation."


"Black should refuse the sacrifice and try to bring his king to safety."

<13.f4 Nc4>

"Not 13...Ng4? 14.Nxe6!"


"Opening lines for the attack."



<15.Nxf5 Rg8 16.Nxc4!>

"Exchanging Black's most active piece."

<16...dxc4 17.Bc2 Nd3 18.Bh6>

"Developing with gain of tempo."

<18..Bf8 19.Rad1>

"The RIGHT rook!"


"Of course not 19...Qf6?? 20.Nd6+!"

<20.Bxd3 cxd3 21.Rxd3>

"White has regained his pawn with a winning attack."

<21...Qc6 22.Bxf8 Qb6+ 23.Kh1 Kxf8 24.Qf3 Re8>

"The rook must stay on the eighth rank to stop 25.Rd8#."

<25.Nh6 Rg7 26.Rd7!!>

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<28.Nd8+ 1-0>

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  perfidious: <Phony Benoni> Nice work.

NN forgot to squeeze 'the point' in there-not that I mind, you understand.

Back in the 1980s, there was a strong player who annotated games for the New Hampshire newsletter, often throwing in 'the point!'. Enough to make grown men cringe in abject terror.

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  eternaloptimist: Roll Out the Red Karpet
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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 !


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  Once: <Phony> Very funny! Enjoyed that.
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