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Viktor Korchnoi vs Peter Svidler
St. Petersburg (1997), St. Petersburg RUS, rd 7, Apr-23
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense (E94)  ·  1-0

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Oct-02-06
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  plang: This is one of my favorite Korchnoi games; possibly his best effort during the last stage of his career. He has always played well against the Kings Indian. The way he handles the initiative starting with 15 c5 is really impressive. 19 h4 is also a good move with the idea of Kh2 and Rh1 in some lines if black takes the N on g5 with a pawn. Korchnoi showed in his analysis that 23..Kh7 was no stronger and that white maintains his initiative after the R goes to c7. The piece sacrifice with 24 Bb3 is pretty. 31 h5 is a great finishing move; planning on operating against the weak h6 pawn and regaining the piece in all variations. I am surprised that this game has not received more attention. Kasparov included it in MGP volume 5. It was also voted the 3rd best game in Informant 69.
Oct-02-06  Open Defence: oooh he creates a lot of pins in this one.. <best effort during the last stage of his career> dude the best thing is that his career ain't over yet!!
Nov-03-09
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  ToTheDeath: Exceptional combination.
Sep-16-10
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  GrahamClayton: <plang>Kasparov included it in MGP volume 5. It was also voted the 3rd best game in Informant 69.

<plang>,
The game also won the brilliancy prize for the best played game at the tournament. The 2 white bishops and 2 rooks working in tandem totally overwhelm Black's position.

Feb-24-11
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  wordfunph: GM Peter Svidler to "The Terrible" after the lost game..

"It's a pity that I'm not wearing a hat --- I would have raised it to you!"

Feb-25-11  I play the Fred: <GM Peter Svidler to "The Terrible" after the lost game..

"It's a pity that I'm not wearing a hat --- I would have raised it to you!">

Did anyone document Korchnoi's response? I imagine it went something like, "You are a complete bonehead for playing the KID against me, you don't know the first thing about chess, and you're fat."

Jun-09-16  NilsR: Svidler: "A very unusual and a very beautiful sequence, and I said as much to him after the game. I like chess played well, even if it’s played well against me, perhaps even more so when it’s played against me, because I’m a participant then. I said as much to him after the game and he took it rather well. I think he liked when people complimented him when he played chess well - which was often." ( https://chess24.com/en/read/news/pe... )
Jun-21-16
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  Pulo y Gata: http://bworldonline.com/content.php...

"Svidler in Chess24: 'He played a fantastic game against me. At one point, in a position which looked very promising for him, he paused for about an hour, looking for a forced solution. That obviously also gave me an hour to calculate things, and I spent the entire hour looking for something for him and couldn’t find a forced win. I was just about beginning to think that I might survive it, and then he finally sort of woke up and blitzed out about a 10 -- move sequence which does win by force. A very unusual and a very beautiful sequence, and I said as much to him after the game. I like chess played well, even if it’s played well against me, perhaps even more so when it’s played against me, because I’m a participant then. I said as much to him after the game and he took it rather well. I think he liked when people complimented him when he played chess well -- which was often.'"

Mar-26-21  Gaito: Korchnoi annotated this game in Chess Informant No. 69. Korchnoi's annotations, as usual, were concise and to the point. It is difficult to add anything to Korchnoi's excellent comments, except possibly, that he did not mention an interesting move that would have deserved attention or commentary. See diagram below:


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WHITE TO MOVE

Korchnoi exchanged queens with 22.Qxe7 and made no comments.

It seems that 21. Bb4 was also worthy of consideration. For example, 21...Qxc5+ (what else?) 22.Bxc5 hxg5 23.hxg5 Re8 24.Kf2 Be6 25.Rh1+ Nh6 26.gxh6 Bf6 27.Rhd1 Kh7 28.Bxe6 Rxe6 29.Rd7+, and White has a winning advantage (diagram)


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If then 29...Kxh6 30.Rh1+ Kg5 31.Ke2! (Δ 32.Bf2-h4+) Rc6 32.Bf2 Rc2+ 33.Rd2 Rxd2+ 34.Kxd2 Rd8+ 35.Ke2, and Black could resign. See diagram below:


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