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Boris Spassky vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Leningrad Cowboys" (game of the day Jan-29-2022)
Spassky - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1968), Kiev URS, rd 7, Sep-19
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Panno (E83)  ·  1-0



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  harrylime: Boris OWNED Korchnoi in the 60's
Aug-31-21  Granny O Doul: 34...Kh7 was likely a time-pressure oversight. Still, after 34...Kg8 35. Rc8+ Kh7 36. Qxe2 Nxe2 37. Ra8, I don't think there's much doubt about the eventual outcome.
Sep-10-21  yurikvelo: multiPV of Korchnoi mistakes

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  HeMateMe: A bit of a music themed pun, for those of us of a certain age...
Jan-29-22  johnlspouge: Leningrad Cowboys and the Red Army Choir

Sweet Home Alabama

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One of my favorite videos�

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So Boris OWNED Korchnoi

The same Korchnoi who was Karpo'vs only opponent in 78 and 81 lol lol lol

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  0ZeR0: <harrylime>

You're attempting to compare Spassky at his peak with a not yet at his peak Korchnoi in order to demonstrate one's supposed superiority over the other... which is obviously not a fair or insightful comparison and ultimately makes your argument ineffective.

Jan-29-22  newzild: Great game by Spassky.

Remarkably, Korchnoi was already 37 at the time of this game and yet to hit his peak!

Jan-29-22  newzild: <<harrylime:> Boris OWNED Korchnoi in the 60's>

During the 1960s, Korchnoi beat Spassky 6-5 with 11 draws.

He also a +5 score against Tal, a +1 score against Botvinnik, and equal records against Fischer and Petrosian,

Jan-29-22  saturn2: Was this the match where they avoided to meet at the stage and after making a move they left again.?
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  Teyss: For those who are wondering about the pun as I was before checking, both players were born in Leningrad. As for "cowboys" it probably refers to the important role played by the Knights and the cavalier way Boris beats Viktor.
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  MissScarlett: < Was this the match where they avoided to meet at the stage and after making a move they left again.?>

No. You're probably thinking about Giri vs Dubov, 2022.

Or even Korchnoi - Spassky Candidates Final (1977/78).

Jan-29-22  Ironmanth: Powerful and deft strokes by Boris in this game. Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there.
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  Teyss: <MissScarlett> Thanks for the link, I had forgotten about this incredible story. To clarify, there wasn't a feud between Boris and Viktor à la Korchnoi-Karpov or Kramnik-Topalov, it's just that Spassky was depressed about being four games down and decided to isolate himself in his rest box. Then lost another game, then won four in a row. Korchnoi also moved to his box and finally won the match, the rest is history.
Interesting link provided by <Albertan>, again:
Jan-29-22  Vermit: According to Stockfish 11...c5 is a mistake, and ...c6 is better. Yet White can play 12.dc either way!
Jan-31-22  saturn2: <Miss Scarlett, Teyss> I was refering to the 77/78 Candidates match. The book from where I remember this says it was a very bitter fight and they did not like one another. I will have access to my source again in 2-3 months and the confirm here.
Jan-31-22  Granny O Doul: In a pre-match press conference in 1977, Korchnoi said that he and Spassky, over the years, had generally been on good terms but that their relationship had of late somewhat soured, thanks to Spassky.

In his book "Chess Is My Life", published earlier that same year, Korchnoi wrote that he (Korchnoi) was the type of player who needed to feel animosity toward his opponent in order to play his best.

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  MissScarlett: Maybe Korchnoi's defection upset Spassky. Not on political grounds (he was surely more ideologically opposed to Communism than Korchnoi), but on a personal level. Spassky was living in France with his wife but was still a Soviet citizen. Korchnoi's defection may have made things more awkward for him, or was it the perception that Korchnoi had the courage to do what Spassky didn't dare.
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  MissScarlett: User: saturn2 : <On blitz I am Guestplayer 1319373 and currently have 2276 elo (28 th march 2021).>

Are you suggesting your website rating is the same as ELO?

Jan-31-22  saturn2: <Miss Scarlett > I suggest nothing. It is meant as it is. Occasionally I play on After a pause one starts at 1.700 and I reach around 2 300 after some hours blitz. When I played tournaments long ago I had over 2 000 but I think I have improved despite lack of practice.
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  MissScarlett: I’m suggesting the rating points on that site are not equatable to ELO ratings.
Feb-01-22  saturn2: <Miss Scarlett> The relationship of schach de with official ELO ratings is already discussed on internet. It has nothing to do with Spassjy and Kortchnoi. So why does my rating interest you in this thread?
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  MissScarlett: I haven't read the whole Internet.
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  Sally Simpson: The Streatham & Brixton site does an excellent job of reporting on this match going into great detail about this match and all the shenanigans

"Little could anybody have known that he [Spassky] was about to crank the weirdness dial all the way up to eleven."


May-08-22  saturn2: The book I was talking about is on the 1978 Karpov-Korchnoi match. It is in German and published in the Joachim Beyer Verlag. It gives in detail Korchnois road to Karpov.
About Spassky-Korchnoi in Belgrad it describes the tension and the strange behaviour of both. During the match Korchnoi had startef to refuse handshakes after lost games but later on resumed it. After the match there was no handshake again. Spassky wore a suncap during one game. They tried to irritate one another beside the wellknown fact they calculated moves in a cabin for snacks.
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