Friday, August 22, 2008

Korch the Torch

Via this cool mostly-chess photography site, the above image of Victor Korchnoi, a hero to many chess players of my generation for his imaginative play, esp. as a counter-attacker playing Black.

Here's a game of his from 1953, against Suetin:

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nc7 6.f4 Nc6 7.b3
e6 8.Nf3 Be7 9.Bb2 O-O 10.Rc1 Rb8 11.Ne4 b6 12.Qc2 Nb4 13.Qb1
Ba6 14.Neg5 g6 15.h4 f6 16.Nh3 Qe8 17.Nf2 Rd8 18.h5 gxh5 19.g4
Ncd5 20.Rxh5 Qg6 21.f5 exf5 22.Nh4 Qe8 23.Nxf5 Nf4 24.Qe4 Bd6
25.Nxd6 Nxg2+ 26.Kf1 Qxe4 27.Nfxe4 Nf4 28.Rh2 Nbd5 29.Re1 Rd7
30.d3 Ne3+ 31.Kf2 Nxg4+ 32.Kg3 Nxh2 33.Kxf4 h5 34.Rh1 Ng4
35.Rxh5 Ne5 36.Kf5 Nc6 37.Bxf6 Rg7 38.Ke6 Nb4 39.Bxg7 Kxg7
40.Rg5+ Kh7 41.Nf7 Re8+ 42.Kf6 1-0

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