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Anatoly Karpov vs Vladimir Bagirov
USSR Championship (1970), Riga URS, rd 12, Dec-12
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0


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Aug-06-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: 27.Qg4! was excellent. White threatens Bxh7+/Qh4+ picking up the knight on e7, winning a pawn. Given that, he gains a tempo to swing the queen over to blockade d4. After that, it's another Karpov queen-side advance, with little counterplay for his opponent.

I presume the game was adjourned and Baggy decided it was not worth continuing. In one continuous session, I think it would have been worth continuing, even against Karpov. Black's has three pawns for the rook and the 2 passed pawns could prove annoying. Adjournment analysis probably showed that as the knight cannot maintain its outpost on c4 when the pawns advance, white could then begin to pick them off.

Dec-26-04  bigbear: 18. ...b5 and Black is OK
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  keypusher: <18. ...b5 and Black is OK>

17...b5, right? It's interesting. 18. N c3 Bxc5 19. dxc5 d4 20. Bf4 e5 21. Ne2 exf4 (21...d3 22. Bg5) 22. Nxf4 looks better for White. 18....Bf6 19. Be2 a6 20. a4 bxa4 21. bxa4 and I still think White has the advantage.

Apr-15-09  ToTheDeath: 23.Be5! virtually forces 23...Bxe5 due to the threat of 24.Bxf6 Qxf6 25.Nd7.

After the exchange White gets the d4 square for his knight where it supports the advance of his queenside pawn majority. Karpov pursues this goal relentlessly to score the full point.

Apr-16-09  soverink: Taken from Chessmaster's notes: "Karpov's playing style is like a python, depriving his opponents of all counterplay". Not much to add here.

Hmm, the final position... I think it's a simple win for White. Exchange Queens, play Rca1, and there is no way to prevent either rook exchange or White's invasion. Soon a8 Knight will pop out to aid his companions. Black pawns have just too weak support to do anything.

Mar-05-10  Poisonpawns: This is as close to perfection as a Human can get.
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  Richard Taylor: 20 Be2 is key move, preventing Nc4. Qg4 threats to win a awn then comes the very nice Qa1 so White's Q-side majority gets going before Black can get his K-sde majority. This game is annotated in a book by Markland a British player who first saw Karpov play about 1969 or so. Then he met him in 1974 and wrote his book with notes from Karpov.
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