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Fabiano Caruana vs Viktor Korchnoi
Dresden Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 4, Nov-16
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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Nov-17-08  Kerguelen: terrible game by korchnoj!!
Nov-17-08  alfiepa: Viktor :
Fabiamo " don't play chess " ( your words after the 2 lost in Amsterdam?)
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  Eyal: Well, being insulted by Korchnoi is almost a rite of passage in the chess world... btw, check out this video ("On Losing: A Philosophical Inquiry") related to the incident - it's a classic (

Korchnoi's play in this game is so bad it's almost ridiculous; why on earth doesn't he castle?

Nov-17-08  utssb: Korchnoi is at an age where any move would be understandable, but I am still surprised by 17...Nf6. It's counter-intuitive and 17...0-0 would be so natural. He has become impatient and suicidal at the board.

22...h5 23.Bxf7+ Kd8 24.exd6 hxg4 25.dxe7# is a nice line.

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  Zenchess: Well, he got beat by a cow once, so nothing he does surprises me.
Nov-22-08  Abdooss: Korchnoi once get beaten by Irina Krush at Gibraltar Tournament. During analysis, he started to insult her by saying; "No, this move is TOO GOOD FOR HER!" Upon hearing that Irina blurted out; "What do you mean by that?" Korchnoi just walked away..

Korchnoi is surely a great player, but he is a BAD LOSER!!

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  GrahamClayton: Why didn't Caruana accept the pawn offered by Korchnoi with 11. cxb4?
May-16-14  Nerwal: <Why didn't Caruana accept the pawn offered by Korchnoi with 11. cxb4?>

After 11. cxb4 Black will reply simply 11... ♘c6 and the pawn at b4 will be impossible to defend on the long run (and b5 is also not possible because of the pin along the a file), while the important b4 and d4 squares will be permanently weakened.

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