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Viktor Korchnoi Wins the Botvinnik Senior 2011

  • NM GreenLaser
  • | Sep 1, 2011
  • | 5111 views
  • | 14 comments

One of the events of the Botvinnik Memorial held recently is a senior tournament. There were ten players in a round robin. Viktor Korchnoi came in clear first with 5 wins and 4 draws. The particpants are listed with their ratings, scores, and birth years: 1. Viktor Korchnoi (2553) 7 1931, 2.Evgeni Vasiukov (2455) 6 1933, 3. Lajos Portisch (2523) 5 1937, 4. Borislav Ivkov (2416) 4.5 1933, 5. Igor Zaitsev (2408) 4.5 1938, 6. Alexander Nikitin (2430) 4 1935, 7. Wolfgang Uhlmann (2379) 4 1935, 8. Oleg Chernikov (2402) 4 1936, 9. Anatoly A. Bykhovsky (2354) 3.5 1934, 10. Mark Taimanov (2386) 2.5 1926.

I have selected Korchnoi’s game with Bykhovsky to examine. Anatoly Avraamovich Bykhovsky won the Moscow Championship in 1963. He came in places 10-12 in the USSR Championship in 1965, when he was the only player not considered a professional. He was tied with Korchnoi and Simagin. Bykhovsky’s profession was secret space research. However, from 1967 to 1992, he was the trainer for Soviet juniors. During that time, he became an IM (1982). He has also written chess literature.

The game is a Scotch Four Knights. There are game references and notes. The ending concludes with a resignation. For readers needing to understand why a player resigned there is an explanation of why the game was lost. One of the most instructive things a reader can do is to try to think over the position before looking at the notes. This is true during the game as well as at the end.

 

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    MaxLangeIsGood

    It´s game over for white. Long live Korchnoi!

  • 3 years ago

    karangtarunasemarang

    Smile

  • 3 years ago

    OVAIDO

    no is not draw because here

    here if white play Kg3 black paly f4 and win

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    cookie3, I always claim that I am still learning, not only chess, but other things, even how to be a person. Whatever your rating is, an important thing is to be more consistently performing at that level. Maintaining your level is necessary before improvement is evident.

  • 3 years ago

    cookie3

    I guess I meant:  If V. Korchnoi can be his age and still play at his level (+2500), then that tells me he is still learning.  I always thought that players will basically stop learning when a certain age is reached.  Kinda tells me i was wrong!  I thought i might only be able to reach 1800-1900 level of play; but maybe +2000 is an attainable goal.  Anyways, in general, my goal is to improve.  And as long as I can continue to use good info from sources such as yourself, then i am on my way!  Thanks for your time and help!

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    cookie3, good luck on improving, but Korchnoi did not become a great player after starting late. You can still enjoy and learn more. That doesn't necessarily mean your OTB rating will increase. One reason is that fogies (or is it fogeys?) are less capable of feeling well during every game. Another is simply the competition is also learning.

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    Archaic71, twenty years is close. Taimanov was born in 1926 and Fischer in 1943.

  • 3 years ago

    Valeriyp

    Pretty good style by Gr.V. Korchnoi, if i may say...

  • 3 years ago

    Archaic71

    It looks as if Korchnoi is miles ahead of the rest of the old men.

    Its kind of sad to see Taimanov in last place, but I guess the face that he is still playing at 85 is pretty impressive.  That means he was 20 years older than Fischer when he got blanked in the candidates match in 1971.

  • 3 years ago

    cookie3

    The fact that Victor Korchnoi is basically 80  yrs old and still playing at a level over 2500 gives us older fogies who start chess late some hope that we can still become a good player!  Thanks for the game!

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    Thanks for the correction readers. White resigned. I replaced the game with that corrected.

    In case White wants to play 54.Bg1, if 53...f4 is the previous move, then it is check. The only legal move the bishop has is Bxf4. Otherwise, the king must move.

    However, the attractive but questionable continuation 53.Kg3 loses and 53.B-move is much better.

  • 3 years ago

    lizardbill

    Great game, but the comment below 52...h3 must be in error that black resigned.

    Also I didn't see in the analysis about what might happen if white went 54.Bg1 or perhaps 54.Kg1. If white abandons his pawn he might be able to pick off the 2 black pawns for the draw.

  • 3 years ago

    GwasWagon

    it says black resigned??

  • 3 years ago

    diomed1

      Thanks for the game and the little endgame study also.

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