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Lev Polugaevsky vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 10, Feb-10
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Prins Variation (D97)  ·  0-1



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Mar-23-11  Catfriend: Surprisingly, no kibitzes. Using the opportunity, I'll both wish The Grim Reaper <Happy Birthday> and point out this lovely game, one of Korchnoi's best.

Kasparov: "It was this very game that influenced me take up Gruenfeld Defence, quarter of a century later" (free translation)

"A classic case of counter-attack!"

Mar-23-11  Catfriend: See for Russian comments by Kasparov.
Mar-23-11  joupajou: Thanks <Catfriend> for the link. There Kasparov suggests 31.Bd3. Let's follow that line.

31.Bd3 c4 32.Bxf5 gxf5 33.d6 Bf6 34.d7 Re8 35.Qb5

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Here things got a little too complicated for me. What's the best move for black? 35. ..Ng7 looks tempting, protecting the f5 pawn.

Dec-17-15  Catfriend: <joupajou> You're right, 35..Ng7 is good. Perhaps White can try to go for 36. Re1.

Now if Black lets him, White wants to invade e8. But after 36..Ne6, even the pawn on f5 doesn't give White more than equality.

So all in all a draw, probably. Better than the actual game.

May-26-16  Toribio3: Korchnoi is one of the best chess grandmaster of the world!
May-26-16  Howard: Another good game between these two erstwhile rivals was in the previous year's USSR championship. Except this time it was Polugaevsky who won, in a good rook ending.
Jun-09-16  Roark: Someone mentioned that I should see this Kortchoi game.
Dec-11-16  Saniyat24: Korchnoi's Knight keeps Polugaevsky on the edge...!
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  zydeco: Kasparov says that this game shows Korchnoi "in full splendor" - he won, very simply, by being tougher than Polugayevsky.
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  morfishine: You can go on-and-on with such colorful cliche commentary as "full splendor" or "toughness" or what-not, but the fact of the brutal matter is, is that Korchnoi simply played better

How hard is that to comment on?

Nice game, BTTW


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  zydeco: <Morfishine> Except that, um, isn't the whole point of annotating to break down a game into a little more detail than 'one side played better' than another. But, yeah, I'm sure you're right, Garry Kasparov only ever talks in superficial generalities.
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  offramp: <zydeco: Garry Kasparov only ever talks in superficial generalities.>

I disagree. I have seen some very long and detailed analyses of his.

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  perfidious: I rather suspect the remark posted by <zydeco> contains an ever so slight overlay of sarcasm.
Jul-27-17  Candy Man: One violent game!
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