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Viktor Korchnoi vs Jan Plachetka
"To the Viktor Go the Spoils" (game of the day Sep-22-2005)
Czechoslovak Championship (International) (1969), Luhacovice CSR, rd 14, Jun-04
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  1-0



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Aug-31-05  PivotalAnorak: 10.Kd1. See (n° 21)
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: According to Soltis, Korchnoi played 10.Kd1!? with the idea of provoking Platchetka into some sort of rash action. 11...f5 was precisely the sort of rash action Korchnoi wanted. Platchetka "sacrifices" two pawns only to realize that his pieces are too backward to take advantage of the open lines.
Sep-22-05  cade: What's the tactical significance of 10.Kd1?
Sep-22-05  offramp: <> You don't *have* to have a pun, do you?
Sep-22-05  I Pawn You: Hahaha. Yeah that pun is bad. But for every bad pun, there's a good one. Like "Broken Helmut", or "Owen An Apology", etc. So I wouldn't quite remove that part from
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  al wazir: <An Englishman: Platchetka "sacrifices" two pawns only to realize that his pieces are too backward to take advantage of the open lines.>

I also don't understand why black was so generous with his pawns. But I don't understand 10. Kd1 either.

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  WannaBe: At least i got the pun... The last 2(?) music based puns I didn't even come come close to getting...

So much for playing in the orchestra and band in school... Knew I will always be a Wanna-Be...

Premium Chessgames Member <You don't *have* to have a pun, do you?> A long time ago we used to give games names like "dangerous passer" or "queenless middlegame", but after mixing in some puns, it didn't take long before everybody was clamoring for a pun every single day. We try to deliver, but there are exceptions. A few days ago we had "Rubinstein's Immortal", and we wouldn't dare retitle the Game of the Century or the Evergreen Game.

Sometimes we have a really nice game and no pun comes to mind. (How do you make a pun out "Gaprindashvili" anyway?) Today's game is such an example; we offer a pun that's hardly worth mentioning and hope that people enjoy the game itself.

Sep-22-05  Dres1: Hey chessgames... i have a problem with how you sort the games on any given player's profile. I feel they should be in chronological order (ie, magnus carlsen's games from the young master tourny should be the last on his page). But this is not the case, and it makes it very difficult for me to find the latest games. How are the games sorted if not chronologically?
Premium Chessgames Member They are sorted by year with no regards to the specific date. (The specific date of events is missing from many games).

We're working on a system so that the tournaments can be presented in the proper order. As things stand, the newest games are near the end but not necessarily right at the very end.

Sep-22-05  Ezzy: I am stunned that somebody thinks 10 Kd1 was one of the greatest moves ever played? How can you possibly justify a statement like that!!

Blacks loss came about by the extremely dodgy 19..e4? which loses another pawn for no compensation. Black follows this with 20..Rxa1 conceding the a file to white. Then, after 21..e3 22 Qxe3 white has all sorts of nasty threats with his knight. For example 23 Nb3-c5-e6 or 23 Nb3-a5-c6. After 22..Bg5 23 Qxc5 white has total control of the board with a big material advantage!!

Korchnoi won this tournament with 11.5/15 a full point ahead of Keres

Plachetka scored 6.5/15 finishing 13th. Which doesn't surprise me after seeing this game!

Sep-22-05  khense: Any more comments on why Korchnoi played Kd1? It looked to me like he touched his king and his opponent made him move it.
Sep-22-05  Ezzy: <It looked to me like he touched his king and his opponent made him move it.> LOL
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  kevin86: Korchnoi,like Fischer,has shown some paranoic tendencies-maybe the devil made him move the king to

It looks like a new queen is in the offing.

Sep-22-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Nice game, and of course 10.Kd1 is not a decisive move, or very significant.
Sep-22-05  aragorn69: Viktor the Terrible at his pawn-grabing's best!
LOL When he does himself sacrify (28.d6), Black takes the bishop, only to realise this sacrifice was the only good one of the game... ;-0
Sep-22-05  Brown: Relax everyone, it's a closed center, ergo the king move is not ridiculous, though I don't see it's exact purpose (haven't tried either).

If white in this opening plays g3 (rending a ...Nbd7...Nf8...Ng6 manuever ineffective), black has time to develop on the Q-side with Na6...Nc7...Bd7 with q-side pawn pushes. Black's whole plan here is faulty.

Sep-23-05  moiz: I would not touch that King even if the Devil told me to, and tempted me with a win at the end. I would never trust the Devil to lead me to victory after Kd1 !! lol
Sep-23-05  offramp: The move 10.Kd1 iniiates a Stokes-Adams Attack with a line clearance for the rook at a1 and leads to black's demolition of long diagonal sacrifices.

In other words, it's gonna be a rook check or a pawn kill.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 10.Kd1 is pure psychology, an attempt (successful) to provoke a bad move or series of bad moves. Steinitz, Nimzowitsch, Petrosian and anyone who plays the Grob are/were other players who would play such moves. Nimzo once fianchettoed a Knight (!) versus Alekhine (!!) and actually won the game (!!!). I see no purely logical, "chessical" merit to the move, but that's besides the point.

I used to resort to such moves, actually, *a* move: Anderssen's Attack. 1.a3 earned my first win over a 2300+ player--heck, over a master, period.

Jun-25-16  Toribio3: GM Korchnoi is a counterpuncher!

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