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Anatoly Karpov vs Arturo Pomar Salamanca
Madrid (1973), Madrid ESP, rd 1, Nov-26
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: It is almost unbelievable how smoothly Karpov outplayed his opponent in endgame being an exchange for Pawn down.
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  keypusher: I think that's the most amazing exchange sacrifice (was it a sacrifice??) I've ever seen! Thanks for pointing it out, Honza.
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  Honza Cervenka: <was it a sacrifice??> It cartainly was a sacrifice. I don't think that Karpov would miss a hanging Rook on a1 after Pomar's 19...Be5. But the question is whether he planned it when he played 18.b3. I guess that he missed playing this Pomar's 18...e4!? with sac of Pawn and that he was not satisfied with 20.Rb1 Nxe4 21.dxe4 Nc3 22.Rb2 Bd4 (see diagram) with threat 23...Nxe4.

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Sep-21-06  euripides: <16 Nb1>looks somehow familiar, doesn't it ?
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  keypusher: <euripides> indeed.

<honza> yes, your explanation sounds right. 18...e4 would be an easy move to overlook or underestimate.

Feb-15-15  The Rocket: <It is almost unbelievable how smoothly Karpov outplayed his opponent in endgame being an exchange for Pawn down.>

Unbelievable is an appropriate word. Pretty weak play by Karpov if he played b3 not realizing the dangers. Hugely impressive if he did.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Should I ever meet Karpov, the game about which I will ask him first is this one. Of course we must take care not to annotate by result (and 26...Nc6 looks suspicious), but even if Black missed a number of opportunities to hold the balance or even win, the Exchange sacrifice still seems like the best *practical* chance to "encourage" Pomar to lose.
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