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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Korchnoi-Kasparov

At the time this game was played Korchnoi was considered the number two player in the world. Booby Fischer had quit playing and that left Karpov and Korchnoi as the two top dogs but Kasparov was soon making waves in the chess world. In this game Korchnoi, playing for the Swiss team, had expected to play Karpov, but in a surprise move he was replaced by Kasparov.

The game is a good example of how tactics compliment carrying out the strategic aims of opening play. In playing over this game, I have discovered several positions where engines disagreed with the evaluations of GM’s. Once again, this has mostly been in positions where there has been an imbalance of material. I did not let Fritz analyze these positions for a long time, preferring instead to rely on the judgment of the likes of Seirawan, Korchnoi, Kasparov and Timman as to which side stands better in those positions. You may enjoy entering this game into a chessplaying program though just to try out different variations and see how the program evaluates them.

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