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Geza Maroczy / Robert Rollans vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Soul Mate" (game of the day Jun-23-2016)
Spiritualist Exhibition game (1985) (exhibition), ?, Jun-15
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Paoli Variation (C18)  ·  0-1



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Jun-20-14  offramp: The Pyramid of Geza.
May-19-16  offramp: I know that people have lost games by dying, but by what agency did Maroczy register 0-1 in this partie?
Jun-23-16  andrewjsacks: A spirited contest indeed.
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  Phony Benoni: Alas, Maroczy was but a ghost of his former self.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What's Maroczy doing playing modern chess theory? The position after 11...Nbc6 did not appear until 1963.
Jun-23-16  Elrathia Kingi: 48.b4 Ke1 and either 49.b5 Kd1 and the c pawn can't be stopped, or 49.Kc2 Ke2 and the d pawn can't be stopped.
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  Sneaky: <What's Maroczy doing playing modern chess theory? The position after 11...Nbc6 did not appear until 1963.> What makes you think he wasn't looming over the board watching F Kuijpers vs N Padevsky, 1963? For all we know he whispered ideas to Padevksy to help him win :)
Jun-23-16  The Kings Domain: The strangest Chess game known to man. One wonders whether it's really Maroczy or some passing entity who tricked the humans and used some universal Chess database to get his moves. It didn't work, but it's interesting nonetheless.

And why did the game take so long to finish?

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  alexmagnus: Well, if there was some cheating involved, I hope the cheater confesses some day. Whoever supplied Maroczy's moves must have been quite a strong player.
Jun-23-16  morfishine: Quality wise, medium level at best
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  Honza Cervenka: <Phony Benoni: The first occurrence of <10.Kd1> in our database comes from 1961, which was ten years after Maroczy's death.

I find this very troubling. Here I always thought The Afterlife was a realm of eternal rest and peace. And now you're telling me I'll have to spend it studying opening theory?>

Eternity is very long and quite boring matter. Trying to keep pace with new opening theory can be a good way to kill time....:-D

Jun-23-16  TheTamale: It would be a lot more tempting to believe in the validity of Maroczy's spiritual presence had the game not taken place over the course of seven years.
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  kevin86: When the ghost resigned, what did he give up: himself?
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  AylerKupp: <TheTamale> What did you expect? Back in 1985 they did not have fast Internet connections.
Jun-23-16  DPLeo: <TheTamale: It would be a lot more tempting to believe in the validity of Maroczy's spiritual presence had the game not taken place over the course of seven years.>

I was wondering why Maroczy's flag didn't fall myself but then I realized when one is playing from eternity, time constraints are irrelevant.

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  Jimfromprovidence: Maroczy can get his rematch now, without the medium as a "middle-man"!
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  piltdown man: A dead rubber.
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  whiteshark: Where they are now, they no longer need a medium to play a game of chess.

I imagine <Gerry> as a kibitzer...

Aug-31-19  amadeus: Too bad Korchnoi didn't get Capablanca :)

This game was arranged by Wolfgang Eisenbeiss, a chess enthusiast and president of the Swiss association for parapsychology. More information here:

Feb-28-21  Tadeusz Nida: why 8 years?
Feb-28-21  Tadeusz Nida: speaking of graves and ghosts:

Maroczy / Rollans vs Korchnoi, 1985

Is Maroczy pissed off he lost, how come there was no rematch?

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  FSR: <In 1985, a chess game was arranged between Russian grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi and a deceased grandmaster, the Hungarian Geza Maroczy, making his moves via a medium who specialized in automatic writing. Korchnoi won after 47 moves. The game, played over the course of almost eight years, was publicized on German TV and in popular books and magazines. Given the complexity of alternative explanations, the case is widely considered to be convincing evidence for the survival of consciousness after death.>

Color me skeptical.

Feb-07-22  Granny O Doul: I wonder why Korchnoi vs. the Amazing Kreskin isn't in the database? Perhaps because Kreskin castled illegally (through check) and the game therefore wouldn't upload.
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  FSR: Korchnoi once triumphantly forked Uri Geller's king and queen, then quit the game in disgust after Geller bent the fork.
Jul-12-22  stone free or die: <... Geller bent the fork.> Groan!
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