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Anatoly Karpov vs Vlastimil Hort
Interpolis 3rd (1979), Tilburg NED, rd 9, Nov-12
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack (B10)  ·  1-0
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May-14-06  paladin at large: A fine ending by Karpov, who takes advantage of the fact that all of his pawns are further advanced than Hort's. Hort's rook passively protects the f-pawn and the knight's waiting moves seem ineffectual. Instead of 45.....Na6, I wonder if ....g5 to gain some space would have been better.
Jun-09-06  netlava: 45...g5 loses a pawn after 46. hxg5 hxg5 47. Rf1 with Rf5 to come. Hort has no choice but to make waiting moves with his knight and protect against a6.
Jan-17-07  Sleeping kitten: Interstingly, at the 56th move, White could have played 56.♗xd7 ♖xd7 57.♖f1 with nearly the same rook ending that he got at his 58th move, except that the g6 pawn would be on g7. This slight difference would be sufficient to make the ending drawn. Very nice play by Karpov !
Aug-04-09  raychandler: Edmar Mednis used this game in one of his fine endgame columns for Chess Life & Review. He pinpointed 56 ... g6 as the losing move because it gives White's rook access to f6. Without that, according to Mednis, Black's position is defensible.
Nov-14-18  pencuse: A quite typical game with long maneuvers by Karpov. "Typical" because he did in his many games similar repetitions with deep calculations behind, to get the opponent's strategy out of control, which he was succeeded in many times. Nice examples are: Karpov vs Miles, 1985 (long rook maneuvers), Karpov vs Kamsky, 1992 (repetitive queen moves between 23 and 31 moves)

Just this game itself is enough evidence to know that a 28-year old chess player (Karpov was 28 years old that time) is very talented player in chess history.

Nov-15-18
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  andrewjsacks: Classic Karpov.
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