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Pia Cramling vs Viktor Korchnoi
Women-Veterans (1995), Prague CZE, rd 2, Jul-??
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0



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Dec-23-11  waustad: Here Cramling beats her favorite player growing up. He won their last encounter in this database, but among included games, she is at +1.
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  Eggman: Interviewer: Who is the most irritating opponent you have faced?

Cramling: Korchnoi, when I played him in Prague 1995.

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  HeMateMe: Sharp counterattack. I guess Korchnoi missed this when he set up his piece sac + pawn roller on the queenside.
Oct-04-16  dehanne: <Korchnoi used to hurl pieces through the tournament hall after losing. What was the strongest reaction to losing to you?

In Bucharest, I, then a 16 years old schoolboy, defeated Smyslov. Vasily Vasilyevich would ignore me until the end of the tournament afterwards.

Did you resent him for that?

No, I was more bewildered than anything. But Korchnoi, he always overreacted after losing. Ever since the Leningrad Pioneer Palace. He would throw the pieces from the board, scream, insult the opponent. If someone was better than him at anything, Korchnoi was ready to tear them apart.

Hypertrophied maximalist - unlike you?

No, no maximalist. Senior pioneer leader, by our Pioneer Palace measures... When Korchnoi lost to women, this was like a knife through his heart. He would attack them immediately. He drove Pia Cramling to tears. I doubt she'd ever cried so much after winning a game.>

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