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Peter Leko vs Viktor Korchnoi
Dresden Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 10, Nov-23
Spanish Game: Closed. Kholmov Variation (C92)  ·  1-0



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Nov-24-08  hellopolgar: the old man put up a very good fight.

he is 78 for god's sake, let's show some respect.

Nov-24-08  slomarko: 61...Re2 was a bad mistake. why not 61...Rf3?

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Nov-24-08  ounos: The score must be wrong. 61. Ra6?? (61. Kf4 )
Nov-24-08  HolyKnight: If Korchnoi was 38 and and not 78 he would wipe the floor with Leko. Let's see how good Leko is playing if he even lives to 78. I mean even Babe Ruth got old.
Nov-24-08  Jim Bartle: "I mean even Babe Ruth got old."

In baseball terms, yes. In life terms, unfortunately no. Died at 53.

Nov-24-08  HolyKnight: I remember when I was playing in the American Open, (North American Open now, LOL). A player who won the tournament around 1968 or 1969, was now playing in the expert section holding his own. Not taking the expert section I think the gentleman was like 3 and 3. Age does make a huge difference.
Nov-25-08  roni.chessman: <If Korchnoi was 38 and and not 78 he would wipe the floor with Leko. Let's see how good Leko is playing if he even lives to 78. I mean even Babe Ruth got old.>

Not so sure about that. Peter is a supergrandmaster who almost became world champion. For that matter almost all superGMs from this age not only have in-depth opening knowledge but also have superb endgame knowledge.

This is a standard endgame where we have (1) passed pawn/1 weakness and an active king from Leko. Leko held his advantage from the very beginning.

Nov-25-08  Vladimir Zukhar: We all know that in his heyday, that Korch was a human computer chess playing program algorithm for brute force endgame play, esp. in R + P endgames...but reviewing this game in the final position with some buddies, one of whom is an expert...certainly no GM by any means, but with a halfway decent knowledge of endgame play, is it possible that Korch may have thrown away a draw here, esp. in the final position? Surely he is not the Korchnoi of younger days, but still very good! Could he have played:

...65 Re2+
66 Kf4... Rd2

g5 Rxd5 Kg4 Rd1 Kxh4 Rd2 f4 Rd4 Kg4 Re4 Rc6...

and held on?



Nov-26-08  aktajha: You cannot make a statement about the last couple of moves here, since the chances are, that they were relayed badly. It looks like there was a problem from move 60 on. May be the end position is correct again?
Nov-26-08  Vladimir Zukhar: My analysis was from the last move made by white in the above game. Of course, I am not a GM.

Korchnoi resinged before making his 65th move.

Even if an error were made on move 60 or thereabouts, I was having trouble finding the white win after move 65 as played in the game game score above.

It seems that even after white move 65, black can exhange his rook pawn for whites central pawn and then keep white from occupying or controlling the "critical squares" ("Pawn Endings"-Averbach) in front of the white pawns.

If someone has the white win, after whites 65th, as played aobve, I would like to see it.

Dec-13-09  The Rocket: "he is 78 for god's sake, let's show some respect."

Korchnoi is incredibly rude and arrogant, he acts like an idiot when he loses, sometimes insults the opponent who beat him and talk bad about other players, this only one of the many things he does.

he deserved no respect.

this is just one example were he acted like a total idiot against peter leko.

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  whiteshark: As you can see in the video Leko's king is on f4. So he'd moved <61.Kf4!>, needless to say the best move in the position.

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And it was the final move of the game! Korch resigned (in his typical way?), but they instantly made a few more moves - kind of short post mortem line. Thus the confusion with the gamescore here.


Feb-02-11  DrGridlock: Last moves of the game as reported are undoubtedly wrong.

As the you tube video shows, Korchnoi resigns the game with the position presented in the diagram by <whiteshark>.

After his resignation, he puts some pieces back on the board, and attempts to analyze with Leko, but the tournament director steps in and stops them - removing some pieces and replacing others. Korchnoi is upset by this, and has difficulty completing his paperwork - apparently refusing to sign, or incorrectly signing the game score. This is probably why the last moves of the game are jumbled in the ChessGames record.

The last moves of the game are undoubtedly 61 Kf4 (not Ra6), after which black resigns.

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