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Korchnoi vs. Spassky

I thought this news was pretty cool in light of my last blog post.

Old-timer Viktor Korchnoi (at age 78) is already showing that young whippersnapper Boris Spassky (age 72) which side of the tree the shingles are made from in a mini-match currently in progress in Elista. In a match scheduled for eight games, Korchnoi won the first game with White while the second game was a draw.

Korchnoi (in the yellow suit) has a "What the...?" expression during the opening ceremonies. (Photo courtesy of chessbase.com)

Two old warhorses do battle yet again. (Photo courtesy of chessbase.com)

Here are the first two games (unannotated — sorry, no time!):

Korchnoi,V-Spassky,B

Exhibition (01), 2009

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. Qb3 a5 6. Bg5 Bb7 7. e3 h6 8. Bxf6
Qxf6 9. Be2 d6 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 Nd7 12. Qa4 Ke7 13. Rab1 Rhd8 14. Nd2 Kf8
15. Bf3 Bxf3 16. Nxf3 Qe7 17. e4 e5 18. Rfe1 Kg8 19. Qc6 Nf6 20. c5 Qd7 21.
Qxd7 Nxd7 22. cxd6 cxd6 23. g3 Rac8 24. Re3 Rc7 25. dxe5 dxe5 26. Kg2 Rdc8 27.
Rd1 Nf6 28. Nxe5 Rxc3 29. Rxc3 Rxc3 30. Rd8+ Kh7 31. f3 Rc2+ 32. Kh3 Rxa2 33.
Nxf7 Ng8 34. Nd6 Rd2 35. e5 a4 36. Ra8 b5 37. f4 (37. Nxb5 Rd5 38. Nd6 Rxe5)
37… b4 (37… Rb2 38. Ra7) (37… Rd5 38. Ra7) 38. Rxa4 b3 39. Rb4 b2 40. Rb7
Rc2 (40… Ne7 41. Rxe7) 41. Nf5 Kh8 42. Ne3 Rd2 43. Nc4 Rc2 44. Nxb2 h5 45.
Nd3 Nh6 46. Rb2 Rc7 47. Rb1 1-0

Spassky,B-Korchnoi,V

Exhibition (02), 2009

1. e4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. cxd5 Nf6 5. Bb5+ Nbd7 6. Nc3 Be7 7. d4
O-O 8. Nf3 Nb6 9. O-O Bf5 10. Re1 Nfxd5 11. Ne4 Bb4 12. Bd2 Bxd2 13. Qxd2
Nf6 14. Nc5 Rb8 15. h3 c6 16. Bf1 Nbd7 17. Qf4 Bg6 18. Bc4 Nb6 19. Bb3 Nbd5
20. Qd2 b6 21. Nd3 Rc8 22. Nde5 Qd6 23. Nxg6 hxg6 24. Rac1 Rfd8 25. Ne5 Nd7
26. Nc4 Qf6 27. Ne3 Nxe3 28. Qxe3 Nf8 29. Qe5 Qxe5 30. Rxe5 Rc7 31. Rce1
Rxd4 32. Re7 Rxe7 33. Rxe7 Ne6 34. Rxa7 c5 35. Bxe6 fxe6 36. Rb7 Rb4 37. b3
Kf8 38. Kf1 c4 39. bxc4 Rxc4 40. Rxb6 Rc1+ 41. Ke2 Rc2+ 42. Ke3 Rxa2 43.
Rxe6 Kf7 44. Rb6 Ra3+ 45. Kf4 Ra2 46. Kg3 g5 1/2-1/2

GM Nigel Davies shows us old-timers "How to Beat Younger Players" in this ChessBase DVD from ChessCentral

As mentioned in my previous post, ChessCentral is still offering some valuable help for us struggling geezers. The Fritz Trainer disk How to Beat Younger Players (by GM Nigel Davies) is presently being offered for $34.95, a full five bucks off the suggested retail price. I’m jumping on that deal now; the way I’ve been feeling (and playing) lately, I’m not sure how much time I’ve got left…

Have fun! — Steve

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One Response

  1. It’s great to see them both still playing. Legends!

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