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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Viktor Korchnoi
Johannesburg (1979), May-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Nimzowitsch Attack (E15)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: This may be the most recent game lost by Korchnoi to an older player. His opponents in more recent Seniors events have tended to be at least ten years younger.

The last time Korchnoi even *played* a serious game versus an older opponent was perhaps Robatsch in 1995.

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  Domdaniel: Korchnoi can be relied on to grab material and play for heroic defence and a counterpunch, a strategy that has won innumerable games. Here, however, Unzicker exploits it brilliantly, giving up a pair of Knights for a Rook.

The minor pieces are usually better in such games, and Korchnoi's pieces are mostly well placed. Yet Black pawns start to drop off, while the White pair on the queenside survive and inch forwards.

Not bad at all for a pair of veterans, even though the loser was the world #2 at the time, aged just 48 and with a Karpov match and two more Candidate cycles still to come.

To put this in perspective, imagine Nigel Short playing non-stop until the 2040s, contesting another match for the world title and never losing a single game to an older opponent.

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  Domdaniel: Korchnoi and Unzicker played for the last time in 2005, at an event marking Unzicker's 80th birthday. Since Viktor was playing, this counted as a 'serious game', and he duly won.
Dec-24-11  King Death: Black's 5th move looks strange to me and he never gets his queenside untangled after 7...bc 8.dc Nb7 9.c6. He might have been better off playing 7...Nb7 as in this game played at the end of 1979: K Lerner vs Tal, 1979, although Black's position may not be very good even then.
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  Penguincw: Black's knights don't show enough compensation.
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