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NM Alexander Shashin - GM Vicktor Korchnoi
The game I am
going to put here is:
Click HERE to see this game in a Java-Script Re-play page.
Few games are as little known as this. I saw this somewhere
many years ago.
The reason: Korchnoi won a whole slew of tournaments in
the period 1971 - 1974.
And just who the heck was A. Shashin anyway?
This game was annotated many, many, many
times in the Soviet press.
Yet this almost completely unknown player goes on to play what
(Nov. 2002) This game has been like a "worry-bone" to me.
A worry-bone needs some explaining ... people up north may have no idea of what I am talking about.
A 'worry-bone' is something that keeps coming back to bug you, or something you take out every once in a while to pick at or play with. (Just like a good bone you give to a dog. He keeps coming back to it. Many the time has been when I had thought I had seen the last of a 'worry-bone' - and the old hound will crawl under the porch and drag it back out - and begin to worry it ... just one more time.)
game has been like that to me. I have played with it and pecked at it dozens of times
over the years.
once took a copy of this game - just the base score to New York. (Early 90's - I
think.) I gave it to one strong GM and asked his opinion of the game. (I did not
tell him who the players were, I just said it was a game between two National
Masters.) He said
BOTH players played poorly! (I had always thought this to be a great game of
chess.) This hurt me somewhat, I hardly looked at this game much for the next 3
or so years.
I had all but forgotten about this game - it had been close to 2 years since I had even looked at it - when Soltis came out with his book, "The 100 Best." In it was my old friend; my 'worry-bone' ... much to my surprise.
This was at least 2 years ago. And once again, every so often ... I will take out my favorite toy ... and begin to worry it, and pick at it. (Just ... ... ... one ... more ... time.)
many YEARS of analysis ... and annotating this game, I
am getting very close to being able to bring
April, 2003: This game has not generated the level of excitement that I thought it would, and only a few e-mails. Therefore, until this page finds a sponsor; I am not going to try and go through the many, many, many hours of work it takes to bring the deeply annotated form of this game to an html reality. There is a relatively nice js-replay page, this will have to suffice for now.
A. Shashin (2350) - GM V. Korchnoi (2650)