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Viktor Korchnoi vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Tradewise Gibraltar (2011), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 10, Feb-03
Blumenfeld Countergambit: Accepted (E10)  ·  0-1



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  wordfunph: after 28...Rxb6?, Paco was quoted by Chessdom with, "I had to spend 25 minutes at the board because if you leave the board it is suspicious!"
Feb-04-11  Shams: Insane game.

I love the Blumenfeld but I've never understood why it's classified as a countergambit.

Feb-04-11  CommaVid: Lovely game, shame that Korchnoi missed the win after 29. Ra7! Qxa7 30. Qxe5+ Re6 (else Kf8 and then I think 31. Rd8+ Kg7 32. Rg8+ (black's knight is pinned) Kh6 looks good for white) 31. Bxe6 and black really looks aweful.
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I'm rather fond of the Blumenfeld too. As I understand it, a countergambit is simply a gambit played by Black - so this qualifies. It doesn't *have* to be the case that White offers a gambit and Black responds with a 'counter' gambit. Though that might make more sense.

And several other Black gambits (Benko, Icelandic, Latvian) are usually just called plain old 'gambit'. Hmm. Confusing.

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  Domdaniel: White even forces mate after 29.Ra7 Qxa7 30.Qxe5+ Kf8 31.Rd8+ Kg7 32.Rg8+ Kh6 33.Qf4+ Kh5 34.Be2+ Ng4 35.hxg4+ Rxg4 36.Qh2#.

Black needed two mistakes to get into this pickle - he was much better a few moves earlier. 26...Qc6 is close to winning at once for him, though 26...Be5, as played, should be OK. But then 27...Rge8 - not 27...Rg6? - would've held the centre and defended e6 better. His last chance was to try 28...e2, though I'm not sure if it works. It certainly complicates things.

Sadly, Korchnoi let him off the hook by missing the win. Still a great game.

Feb-04-11  cunctatorg: The sad truth is that Victor Korchnoi was getting more and more tired towards the end of the tournament; however he had plenty of energy for the first two games and perhaps more...
Feb-05-11  kurtrichards: Well, Korchnoi is already 79 years of age (or 80). Good tournament,though, +3-1=6 with performance rating of 2632!
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  Domdaniel: I'm nearly 30 years younger than Viktor, and I get tired at the end of 6-round tournaments. My record in last-round games in the last couple of years is terrible -- I usually won them when I was in my twenties.

It seems to be one area where age *does* count. But many GMs, younger than Korchnoi if not quite so strong, have fallen down the ratings much more drastically. The man is unique, last rounds or not.

Jul-17-13  FICSwoodpusher: Blumenfeld Countergambit

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