is the most difficult part of the game, particularly at the
under-master level. If you are a good defender, you will get
many points without virtually doing anything. But that's not
easy. You need a lot of patience and a strong will to keep yourself
afloat in the face of lethal threats. If you succeed, your counter-attack
will be too much for an exhausted enemy.
Victor Korchnoi, who is now 73, is a grandmaster known for his
typical counter-punching style. Korchnoi, in his best days,
was never afraid of facing a powerful attack and would almost
always grab any proffered material. He would calculate everything
down to the final position where his opponent's initiative would
peter out and the extra material would clinch the issue.
He represents what may be termed the 'materialist school' in
chess. They are aggressive and at times erratic, and, above
all, fiercely competitive. Korchnoi almost never accepted a
draw even in positions that looked equal.
He was a prominent Soviet master throughout the fifties and
the sixties, but he became famous after leaving his country
in 1976. He accused the Soviet chess authorities of siding with
Anatoly Karpov (world champion-1975-86). Korchnoi lost to Karpov
in the candidates' final match in 1974. Karpov won the world
title because Fischer refused to defend his title. He became
the challenger in 1978, but lost the match by a narrow margin.
This match was almost marred by accusations and counter-accusations.
Korchnoi complained that the Soviet delegation had one mysterious
man whose duty was to exert some kind of influence on him from
a distance! True or not, the match really became a fight between
the entire Soviet chess administration and Korchnoi, the defector.
Korchnoi did not win the world title, but he is regarded as
one of the most original chess players of modern times. Since
counter attack is his strong point, it is not surprising that
he scored many beautiful wins with the black pieces.
game is an example of brilliant attacking chess. Korchnoi finds
himself in the unlikely role of an attacker, not ' counter attacker'.
Black -Anatoly Karpov [E17]
Candidates Final Moscow 1974
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.c4 Be7 6.Nc3 00 7.Qc2
c5 8.d5 exd5 9.Ng5 Nc6 10.Nxd5 g6 11.Qd2 Nxd5 12.Bxd5 Rb8 13.Nxh7
Re8 14.Qh6 Ne5 15.Ng5 Bxg5 16.Bxg5 Qxg5 17.Qxg5 Bxd5 18.00 Bxc4