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Eugenio Torre vs Anatoly Karpov
"Torre in Half" (game of the day Feb-24-2010)
Bad Lauterberg (1977), Bad Lauterberg FRG, rd 15, Mar-22
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Maroczy Bind Reti Variation (B41)  ·  0-1


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Mar-21-03  kostich in time: Apretty interesting Sicilian win by Karpov..the Qb8,Ba8stuff is reminiscent of Anderrson
Apr-02-05  acdc: how did white win??
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  offramp: I think this was the second tournament game Karpov lost after he became world champion, after this one: Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1975.

The last tournament game he lost as world champion was this one: E Torre vs Karpov, 1984.

Apr-02-05  Everett: <offramp> Karpov won here, so this is not the second tournament game he lost.
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  offramp: Sorry about that! I meant this game, Karpov vs E Torre, 1976.
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  Richard Taylor: I notice that 12 f3 (contra 12 f4) is played a lot in tis type of opening White was bit over stretched on both wings and Karpov briliantly: and with almost evil skill - slowly out manouevered his opponent -it is indeed hard to see how he won - be good to see this game annotated. Took me while to realise who had actually won and why...
Nov-12-08  veerar: A bit of Steinitz too,as Karpov,pulls most of his pieces back,only to spring!
Apr-12-09  Murmur: This is hardly a slow outmaneuvering, especially not for Karpov. White just goes all in and fails sharply.
Apr-12-09  balweg214: This game was not from Moscow (Russia) 1976. It was from Round 15 of the 4th Bad Lauterberg FRG-ch int GER 1977.

Karpov dominated that tourney with 12/15.

Jun-20-09  tivrfoa: look the board after 21. Bd8. hehe
interesting position.
Jul-28-09  myschkin: . . .

Karpov himself describes his style as follows:

"Let us say the game may be continued in two ways: one of them is a beautiful tactical blow that gives rise to variations that don't yield to precise calculation; the other is clear positional pressure that leads to an endgame with microscopic chances of victory.... I would choose the latter without thinking twice. If the opponent offers keen play I don't object; but in such cases I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic."

hear hear!

Feb-24-10  newzild: Wow, a sudden resignation. I had to look long and hard to see exactly why.

After 35.Nxc4 (apparently forced, because of the looming fork on e3) black has 35...Rxc4, when 36.Bxa8 is met by 37...Be3+ 38.Kh1 Rh4+.

I found this variation very difficult to visualise, because the Rook's path to h4 is blocked by the white bishop and black bishop in the starting position.

However, White has numerous other candidate moves on his 36th move.

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  RandomVisitor: 26.Qg2 = .
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  al wazir: Look at the position after move 24. Most of black's pieces are on his back rank; none of his ♙s has moved more than one square; white controls twice as much space.

Yet black won ten moves later. What I learned from this game is that I understand nothing whatever about positional play.

Feb-24-10  AccDrag: I once read a quote from a GM that went something like, "If White puts 4 pawns on the 4th rank in the Hedgehog, he will lose one of them."

After 23.h4, White managed to get 5 pawns to the 4th... and resigned after Black made 12 more moves. ;-)

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  Garech: Very nice game from Karpov. Despite being a Sicilian, his strategy here was distinctly hedgehog, given his queenside pawn structure for the majority of the middlegame. As always in the hedgehog, black plays cat and mouse and invites white to push forward with his kingside pawns, sriking back with ferocity at the right moment. Great play!
Feb-24-10  goldfarbdj: I just tried this in "Guess-the-Move" and did rather poorly. Somewhere around move 21 I was asking myself, "Do I have a plan for generating counterplay? Cause I sure don't see one."
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  kevin86: The crushing threat of Ne3 decides matters-on piece can move,but the others are to be forked.
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  RandomVisitor: After the suggested improvement 26.Qg2:

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Rybka 3: <19-ply>

<[+0.23] d=19 26...Bxc3> 27.Rxc3 e5 28.g5 Kh8

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  RandomVisitor: After the proposed improvement 15.e5!

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Rybka 3: <15-ply>

<[+0.89] d=15 15...Ne8> 16.Na4

[+0.97] d=15 15...Nxe5 16.fxe5 Qxe5 17.Re1 a5

Nov-17-12  vinidivici: Anatoly Karpov played very positional here. We know that Sicilian Def. permits white to take the first initiative to attack, but Karpov didnt give white the chance with his positional skill.
Dec-15-14  nestorparma: I enjoy Karpov's games and style, but I rather see here Torres to blame than Karpov to praise.
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