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Vugar Gashimov vs Viktor Korchnoi
"The Old Man and the Three" (game of the day Oct-11-2019)
Russian Team Championship (2008), Dagomys RUS, rd 9, Apr-11
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  0-1



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<jith1207: Can anyone explain the pun?>

Comes from a Hemingway Classic "The Old Man and the Sea"

Oct-11-19  SkySports: Well, the Hemingway pun is a little bit abused with old players (see Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011 and Zsofia Polgar vs Smyslov, 2000) :)

Anyway I don't understand what's the reference to "the Three"...

Oct-11-19  goodevans: I was really surprised by <45...dxc2>. I'd expected <45...Bxc2>.

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Surely the pawn wedge is going to convert more easily than tripled pawns?

<SkySports: Well, the Hemingway pun is a little bit abused with old players (see Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011 and Zsofia Polgar vs Smyslov, 2000) :) Anyway I don't understand what's the reference to "the Three"...>

It's got to be a reference to Korchnoi's tripled isolated pawns.

I think all three puns are pretty good, especially today's.

Oct-11-19  Ironmanth: OMG, what a game! Thoroughly entertaining, people! Thanks, chessgames, for a wonderful contest to begin my weekend study. Two awesome competitors that were each truly taken too early. RIP Vugar and Victor.
Oct-11-19  SkySports: <goodevans: It's got to be a reference to Korchnoi's tripled isolated pawns.>

Thanks, now I got it!

Oct-11-19  Whitehat1963: Wow! What a game!
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  HeMateMe: 30 years after the great match in the PP korchnoi was still relevant. A true titan of the game.
Oct-11-19  spingo: ...And the "Three" comes from the tripled pawns,

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that help in winning the game.

Oct-11-19  ewan14: What a game ! !
Oct-11-19  areknames: <It's got to be a reference to Korchnoi's tripled isolated pawns> Ok, but let's not forget that White had 3 queens (1 original + 2 promotions) and Black is about to crown a 3rd and decisive Queen when his opponent resigns.
Oct-11-19  7he5haman: Feels like 66.Kg5 should draw, intending Kf6 and e6
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  playground player: Aren't you supposed to lose if you have tripled pawns?
Oct-11-19  cunctatorg: What a pity that the old man himself isn't here...

I like to think that he had enjoyed pretty much that beautiful game!!

Oct-11-19  sfm: Fabulous game.
Oct-11-19  sfm: <playground player: Aren't you supposed to lose if you have tripled pawns?>

I believe statistics are indeed against such unfortunate players.

A clever solution is to upgrade it to a powerful quadrupled pawn.

Alekhine vs Nenarokov, 1907

Van der Wiel vs Hort, 1981

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  Breunor: Amazing hame! Really good pun too.
Oct-11-19  thegoodanarchist: Fantastic game by two greats of chess, and also a wonderfully fantastic pun!

Claim your credit, Billy Vaughan!!!

Oct-11-19  diagonal: <.. the engines are jumping back and forth with their evaluations and anything seems to be possible ..>, a comment on cg. when this entertaining chess battle at the centralised Russian Team Championship (2008) was actually in progress.

And now a perfect pun for this great game of two truly original players!

In the end of the endgame, after hours of permanent fighting, Korchnoi, then aged 77, played better than rising Gashimov who reached his peak rank as number six of the world just a year and a half later (in November 2009). RIP Vugar and Victor.

Oct-12-19  RandomVisitor: After 32...Re7 it is hard to tell who has the advantage

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<61/91 4:07:53 +0.56 33.Bxh5 d4 34.f4> d3 35.Bf3 Bd7 36.Qf6 Kc7 37.Rd1 Be6 38.f5 Bd7 39.cxd3 Rxe5 40.d4 Rxf5 41.dxc5 Rxf6 42.Rc1 Rf5 43.h5 Rxc5 44.Rxc3 Kd6 45.Kf4 Ke7 46.g4 f6 47.h6 Kf7 48.Be4 Rg5 49.Rg3 Kg8 50.Rg1 Kh8 51.Bc2 Bc8 52.a4 Be6 53.Re1 Rxg4+ 54.Kf3 Bd7 55.Rd1 Bxa4 56.Bxa4 Rh4 57.Rd8+ Kh7 58.Kg3 Rxh6 59.Kg4 Kg6 60.Rd4 f5+ 61.Kg3 Kg5 62.Rxc4 Rd6 63.Rc5 Rd3+ 64.Kf2 Kf4 65.Ke2 Re3+ 66.Kd2 Re5 67.Rc4+ Kg5 68.Bc6 Kf6 69.Kc3 Kg5 70.Kd4

Oct-12-19  RandomVisitor: 24.Qe3 might have been better, protecting c3 and d4.

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<43/68 17:11 +1.69 24.Qe3> Ke8 25.Bf3 bxc3+ 26.Qxc3 Qd8 27.Rb1 Ne7 28.Nh3 Rg7 29.Ng5 Ra6 30.Qb2 Ra8 31.Bd1 Ng8 32.Rf3 Ne7 33.c3 Nf5 34.g3 Bc6 35.Bc2 Kd7 36.Ke2 Ra7 37.Qc1 Kc8 38.Kf1 Qe7 39.Bxf5 gxf5 40.Nh3 Rh7 41.Re3 Rb7 42.Kg1 Rxb1 43.Qxb1 Qb7 44.Qc1 Rh6 45.Ng5 Rh8 46.Re2 Kb8 47.Kg2 Ka7

Oct-12-19  ReneDescartes: My God, what a game! I'm exhausted from the tension after just playing through it.
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  HeMateMe: plane tired, are you Rene?
Nov-11-19  Rookie26: Awesome game!
Dec-27-20  fisayo123: Amazing , amazing game. I haven't analyzed it yet but I have a feeling black was winning quicker somwhere. It's always a joy to watch Korchnoi's games from the black side of a French because I think its an opening that suited his playing style and personality.

Korchnoi here was all of 77 years old and he outplays a 22 year old 2700 player in a very complex fight. Unbelievable

Jan-18-22  Mathematicar: Amazing, awesome, fantastic game!
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