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Boris Spassky vs Viktor Korchnoi
USSR Zonal (1964), Moscow URS, rd 13, Mar-07
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Nimzowitsch Line (E18)  ·  1-0



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Nov-05-05  percyblakeney: Korchnoi is lost already after his thirteenth move since there's no avoiding heavy loss of material. Things would have looked less desperate after 13. ... dxc3 14. Bxc3:

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Nov-05-05  euripides: Korchnoi later got the hang of traps in the QID: Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974
Nov-17-06  Rama: Could he not get three pieces for the Queen with 15. ... Bxg2, 16. Nxe6 Bxf1, 17. Nxf8 Bh3.

I once lost a Q's Indian thanks to trouble on the long diagonal.

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  michael104: <Could he not get three pieces for the Queen with 15. ... Bxg2, 16. Nxe6 Bxf1, 17. Nxf8 Bh3.>

Just looking at this offhand without a board, I think not. White could follow up with 18. Nxh7 Kxh7 19. Qd3+ followed by 20. Qe4. No?

Nov-18-06  Rama: Qe4 good eye, that is nasty. Yes, it looks like black was lost just about all the way.
Jan-02-09  M.D. Wilson: Spassky once made a statement claiming that Korchnoi "had no chess talent". I don't know the exact quotation, but I read it a few years ago and just remembered it. Does anyone know what Spassky said? I have a feeling it was regarding Korchnoi's perceived lack of intuition, or something along those lines. Cheers!
Jan-02-09  M.D. Wilson: Interesting article:
Oct-21-09  ughaibu: The shortest game played in this tournament, not excluding draws.
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  Honza Cervenka: Already 11...c5 and 12...cxd4 look dubious. 11...Na6 or 12...Nbd7 seem to be better alternatives though white's position looks still a bit better there.
Jan-29-12  King Death: <Honza Cervenka> This looks about right, I just think the variation with 7...d5 isn't too hot and White can also play 8.Ne5 without the exchange. It took some sharp calculation for Spassky to prove that Black's plan was dubious though.

This game was crucial for Korchnoi as he needed to win for any chance at one of the 3 spots at the Interzonal.

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  HeMateMe: I don't think I've ever seen Korchnoi take such a smashing defeat, so quickly.
Apr-08-15  Howard: Oh ? Try looking at the 13th game of his Candidates match with Spassky in 1977.

He made one of the 3-4 worst blunders of his career in that game. And it was a short game, too.

Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: Lady on the rim is grim! And when I say grim, I mean grim!
Oct-21-16  edubueno: La verdadera novedad de Spassky es 11 Tc1! que mejora las ideas previamente conocidas de 11 Db3 - Td8! como se vió en Eslikases-Najdorf 1947, donde ganaron las negras. El error de Korchnoi es 11...c5? que lo deja sin posibilidades.
Oct-21-16  ewan14: IIRC Korchnoi said he was off form 1963/64 . He should have won the first game against Spassky in this ' zonal '
Oct-21-16  RookFile: This is what happens when you try to "wing it" in the opening. It's even more true today, you don't dare to get into some lines unless you put the prep work in first.
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