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Viswanathan Anand vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Anand World Championship Match (1998), Lausanne SUI, rd 6, Jan-08
Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense. Big Center Variation (A45)  ·  1-0


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Jan-11-07  MrPatzer: Oops! Karpov can't play 41...Rxd8, has to give up the pawn.
Apr-20-07  Maxwell843: Why did Karpov play 28...Qd8?
If he had played say 28...Qg7 then 29. Nxh8 Bxf3 and if Anand's Knight escapes capure then so does Karpov's bishop. Is this correct?
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  Gypsy: <Maxwell843> Not really, <28...Qg7 29.Rf7 Qh6 30.Nxh8...> lets down the curtains even faster.
Sep-23-07  Shams: how humiliating for Karpov, getting spanked by the Tromp of all things.

I love it.

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  Benzol: <Shams> Have you seen Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974
Feb-07-08  VaselineTopLove: Actually right before this game Korchnoi had tried to call Anand's camp and tell him to play the Trompowsky the next day, but instead he dialed Karpov's number by mistake...
Oct-05-08  shintaro go: What was Karpov hoping for by playing 30..Qh4? No offense Mr. Karpov, you're not playing against a patzer.
Oct-05-08  shintaro go: Too many times have I seen Black getting crushed when castling Queenside.
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  plang: Game 6 of their six game match; Anand had to win to force tie-breaks. Anand on his choice of the Trompovsky: "I couldn't really bring myself to play something like Kasparov'a Reti, so this seemed a good compromise. On the one hand, it offers interesting positions. Since the theory consists mainly of Hodgson games, there are no long forced lines leading to draws (yet!), but lots of fascinating and creative chess. Perfect, I thought, for this critical game." Karpov had previously used this set-up with 6..g5 in a nice win against Adams at Las Palmas 1994. 7 Bc4 was new; 7 0-0-0 had been played previously. Anand's new plan ensured castling on opposite sides which suited his needs for a sharp game. Karpov could not play 25..fxe because of 26 Ng6..Bxd4 27 Qxd4..Qg5 28 Rg3. Karpov was defending well until 28..Qd8? which lost a pice and the game. Instead, the complications after 28..Rxg6 29 Bxg6..Bxf3 30 Qxf3..dxe 31 dxe..Qxb4 32 Qf6 would have led to a position with lots of play where White had better chances.
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  amadeus: very short footage at the beginning of game 6:
May-13-09  WhiteRook48: What happened?!
Nov-20-09  Dubirka: Why didnt Karpov play Bf3xg2 after 30.Nf7? it would be a really strong move. 30. ..Qh4 just looks silly.
Dec-09-09  WhiteRook48: nice king attack
Dec-09-09  WhiteRook48: Karpov didn't play bf3xg2 because then white would take the queen!
Nov-01-11  indoknight: ....Anand beat Karpov in the positional game (?)
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  Penguincw: < WhiteRook48: Karpov didn't play bf3xg2 because then white would take the queen! >

Obviously. If 30...♗xg2 31.♘xd8 ♗h3+* 32.♔h1 ♗xf1 33.♕xf1 ♖xd8 leaves white up a queen for a rook and pawn, although a lot of black pawns are going to fall soon.

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*Extra bishop check not necessary. :)

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  Honza Cervenka: 28...Qd8 was a blunder. Karpov simply overlooked 30.Nf7. Of course, 30...Qh4 was not "silly". In fact, it was the best move in the position, which allowed black to pick some pawns for the lost piece.
Jul-05-12  Akshay999: 23.. Bg7 took the momentum away from Karpov and in the next move by not playing Nb5 he gave Anand some excitement to fight. And as the above post says 28th move was poor..... on and all a poor Karpov game. Anand on the other hand did not go for 34 Nd6 which could have finished the game faster.
Jul-05-12  RookFile: A knight on a7 can't be good for black.
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  OhioChessFan: <Akshay: Anand on the other hand did not go for 34 Nd6 which could have finished the game faster.>

I was curious about that comment and played it through and realize you meant <39. Nd6+> That would be quicker, though there's always the strong chance there was a time trouble issue. Black was dead lost regardless.

Jul-09-12  Akshay999: <<39. Nd6+> That would be quicker, though there's always the strong chance there was a time trouble issue>

You are right sir... I meant 39

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