Nikolai Pushkov Has Described How Korchnoi "Resigned by Knocking His King Down With a Flick" Against Vasiukov

Wednesday, 25.04.2012 19:00

One of the participants of the Russian Seniors team, the grandmaster Nikolai Pushkov, has described an incident, which happened during the recent European Senior Team Championship, in an interview to Dmitry Kryakvin for the Russian Chess Federation web site. The Russian team came first, winning against the Swiss team along the way. The outcome of the match was decided due to a win by Evgeni Vasiukov against Victor Korchnoi.

"Evgeni Andreyevich won with Black against Korchnoi in the Dutch Defence", tells Pushkov, "and after that Victor Lvovich did not congratulate his opponent, but resigned by knocking his king down with a flick. It's amusing that at that point I was a piece down for two pawns. And then there was a thunderous exclamation from Korchnoi, 'Mister Pushkov, it's shameful to play on in this kind of position!', though I wasn't playing, but sat there thinking. The leader of the Swiss team promised to inform the wider public about this incident where I am not resigning a piece down, while, of course, forgetting that he's just sent his king out with a flick. All this can be remembered only for a laugh. Nevertheless, it's nice that Korchnoi marked me out."

According to Pushkov, the Russian Seniors team should be strengthened by Anatoly Karpov in the near future.


  


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