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Anatoly Karpov vs Lev Alburt
URS-ch sf (1971), Daugavpils URS, rd 1, May-??
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  1-0
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Jun-24-08
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  whiteshark: "Long ago as a young expert, I [Alburt] took up a certain system in the Sicilian. I stuck with the variation as I rose through the ranks. As a master, I contributed to the system's theory, drawing and even defeating famous grandmasters. So I kept playing it. Later my own analysis unearthed one line that I worried about - a series of moves that left White with an edge from the opening. But no one played it against me, or against anyone else.

Mar-05-09  tenorhighc: That's pretty cool. What is the line?
Jun-02-11  M.D. Wilson: Superficial play by Black. Looks more like a blitz game. Karpov won with relative ease, whereas Alburt was trying to force everything with moves like Ng4 and f4.
Jul-18-13  Everett: < tenorhighc: That's pretty cool. What is the line?>

It is this game that pushed Alburt toward the Alekhine Defense. The line Alburt feared was played in this game for the first time, starting with 13.Nf4 and 14.Nf5.

Leave it to Karpov to keep an small advantage through some piece move to the edge of the board.

Jul-19-13
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  offramp: A very good Karpov game - and it shows that even if you have 2B v 2N the win doesn't just fall from the sky. There's an awful lot of work to do.
May-26-14
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  PawnSac: <M.D. Wilson: Superficial play by Black. Looks more like a blitz game. Karpov won with relative ease, whereas Alburt was trying to force everything with moves like Ng4 and f4.>

In all fairness to Alburt, white was threatening to expand with f4 and f5, so his ..f5 to restrain white's expansion is not without justification.

<Everett: The line Alburt feared was played in this game for the first time, starting with 13.Nf4 and 14.Nf5.>

<17.>Nf5

yes a very interesting defense. Karpov's typically solid technique with 31. b4! (not the direct 31.c3? dxc! giving black counterplay 32.Rxe3? cxb and 33. Rxe8+ Qxe8 34. Qb1 Qe3+ 35. Bf2 Qc1+ or 33. Re1 Rxe1+ 34. Bxe1 Qe6 35. Kf1 Qa2 ) revealed the defect of 28...Ne3 and picked up a pawn.

And his continuation with 37. Bh4! demonstrated in clear Karpov style that white could hold the pawn, since Nfxd5?? Bxe7 loses a piece and Nexd5 heads to a dead lost ending with 38. Bxf6 Nxf6 39. Qxd7 Nxd7 40. Bxb7 Nb8 41. a4

Such methods of removing the opponents counterplay is what made Karpov one of the greats. I love his games.

May-26-14  RookFile: Excellent game by Karpov. I thought Alburt's play wasn't bad and had some interesting points to it.
May-26-14  Everett: <paw sac> my typo was not correctly typing out <14.Nh5>, as opposed to the move number.
May-26-14
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  perfidious: The superficiality here is in the kibitz by <M. D. Wilson>, for Black cannot quietly sit back on his spatial advantage: as noted by <Pawn Sac>, if White gets f4-f5 in with impunity, he will stand better if the resultant weakness of e3 cannot be exploited.
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