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Garry Kasparov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi Birthday KO (2001) (rapid), Zurich SUI, rd 1, Apr-29
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13)  ·  1-0

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Aug-25-03  Shadout Mapes: the Alekhine-Chartard attack (6.h4) is definitly something I should check out after seeing this game.
Nov-16-03  darkawakenings: This game is a beautifully played and incredibly easy to follow refutation of the french!
Nov-16-03  Spitecheck: Clearly Black hasn't had the best of it in a French defense when a white pawn chain still blossoms on the dark squares from c3 to e5 at the end of the game.

Perhaps one could feel comforted in the fact that it was an endgame but that is made to seem almost illusory by the slaughter of the black king at the hands of a few good men.

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Nov-16-03  drukenknight: Its a well known attack, and one you have to study to play the french. taking the g pawn (7...Qxg5) is not recommended. It seems to leave the Q side very weak.
Jan-27-04  astyanax: Qd3!
Mar-07-04  csmath: Kasparov easily punished opening errors by Korchnoi using a thematic play. But even here the French is not refuted, only 8. ... Nc6. Nevertheless, taking the bishop on g5 doesn't look so healthy anyway.
Jun-16-04  Fezzik: Since this game was played, almost no top level GM has played the Alekhin-Chatard Attack as Black and accepted the gambit pawn with 6...Bg5. Other moves such as 6...c5, 6....Kf8 and 6...a6 have also pretty much disappeared from top-flight competition. The key moves for Black today seem to be 6...Nc6 and 6...0-0. Regardless of whether you play the Black or White side of the French, this particular game is **essential** viewing!
Aug-23-04  themindset: incredible game. 8.Nh3 is the traditional follow up, but Qd3 has several merits - and couldn't possibly have a stronger endorsement.
Oct-23-04  alexandrovm: After 21. ... Kd6, there is no coming back for the king. He is forced to walk to the white king, so he can be punished. Nice piece sac!
Oct-28-06  Sacred Knight: Another game where we can see a GM crushed by Garry, making Korchnoi (a great player years before) feel like an apprentice.
Oct-28-06
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  keypusher: Evidently Kasparov took "Birthday KO" literally.
Oct-28-06  syracrophy: 26.g3+ Kg5 27.f4#

Beautiful!

Happy Birthday Korchnoi! :-)

Sep-06-09  WhiteRook48: bad birthday present in a French
Alekhine gave the same sort of present to Capablanca in AVRO 1938
Sep-06-09  Bobsterman3000: Was Kasparov just toying with Korchnoi here?

This win is just so easy that it seems nonchalant and flippant. For instance, I would love to see the look on Korchnoi's face after 19. Rh3

Mar-02-10  MaxxLange: Korchnoi KO Knockout Birthday Tournament makes it sound like it may have been a rapid event

so, both players were "toying" ...perhaps? it takes some courage to accept this gambit against Gazza.

Korchnoi would have crushed a lot of strong players with his ideas here, after all

Sep-01-11  hedgeh0g: I enjoy playing this gambit myself as White. Even if you don't develop a big initiative, you typically end up regaining the pawn.
Sep-01-11  Beautiful.LMS: <hedgeh0g> Isn't it supposed to be better not to take the pawn the way Korchnoi did?
Sep-01-11  hedgeh0g: I wouldn't take the pawn myself, but both options are perfectly playable for Black. The only problem with not taking is it keeps the Black bishop pinned to the queen and keeps the queen temporarily tied to its defence. Playing ...h6 weakens the Black kingside and makes Qg4 a more potent threat.
Apr-06-13  Conrad93: Kortchnoi was not the Kortchnoi of old by 2001. Nothing against Kasparov, of course.
Apr-06-13  Just Another Master: damn what a CRUSH of one of the greatest players of the French
Dec-16-16  maelith: <Conrad93: Kortchnoi was not the Kortchnoi of old by 2001. Nothing against Kasparov, of course.>

But a young Kasparov always beat Korchnoi.

Dec-16-16
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  perfidious: Korchnoi won the very first one-to-one game between these greats, but never again tasted victory.

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Jan-30-17
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  plang: Not usually that interested in quick chess but this is an attractive game.
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