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John van der Wiel vs Anatoly Karpov
1st Euwe Memorial (1987), Amsterdam NED, rd 5, May-12
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  offramp: Karpov got a big big shock in this game and got through by the skin of his teeth. I wonder if J T H v.d Wiel could have won at some point?
Sep-21-04  Knezh: how about 10. Qxe6+ followed by 11. Bxf7?
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  offramp: You may well be right. Here's how the game might have gone:

10.♕xe6+ ♔d8 11.♕xf7 ♗e7 12.♘xg5 ♘f8 13.h3 ♕d7 14.0-0 ♕xd4 15.♗e3 ♕b4 16.♖ad1+ ♗d7 17.♗f5 ♘d5 18.♗xd7 ♘xd7 19.♖d4 ♕xb2 20.c4 ♗xg5 21.♗xg5+ ♔c7 22.♗f4+ ♔c8 23.♕xg7

May-14-05  aw1988: Instead of Bxe6, what about just g3, not allowing Rxh2?
May-15-05  Kangaroo: What really impressed me after the brilliant unfinished (under-polished?) attack by Van Der Wiel is the accuracy shown by Karpov. Although I am not his fan anyway, it is amazing how he was building the fortress, allocating all his pieces to the most protected squares and eliminating any possibility of a blunder for himself.
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  offramp: Karpov in a lot of trouble at move 9:

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  FSR: What a cool game! I love 13.0-0; I can't ever remember seeing a move like that, where the rook was under attack by another rook and the response was to castle with the attacked rook. The most similar games I can think of are F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844 (responding to Nxf7, attacking the rook on h8, with 0-0) and Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 (responding to Bxd5, attacking the rook on h1, with 0-0).
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  patzer2: <Knezh: how about 10. Qxe6+ followed by 11. Bxf7?> It's worth a shot, but may not be any better than 10. Bxf7+ as played in the game. After 10. Qxe6+!? Kd8 11. Qxf7 Bb4+! 12. c3 Bd6 13. Qxg7 Rg8 14. Qf7 Re8+ = (diagram below),

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Fritz indicates chances are level (-0.22 @ 20 depth per Fritz 12).

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  offramp: After 13...Rh2-h5, Karpov threatens a mate in 1!

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... and v.d.Wiel protected against it by 14.g2-g3.
But perhaps he coud have got away with 14.Ng5-f7+!

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Black has only one reply to that check: 14....Kd8-e8. But that walks into a discovered check!

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But which discovered check should white make, <if any>?

15.Bxc8+ looks reasonable, but it's worth remembering that white is a piece down at the moment, the result of 9. Bg6 hxg5. So black can afford to return a piece. So if 15.Bxc8+, then NOT 15...Kxf7, which might lose to 16,Be6+, but 15...Be7!!, which leaves two white pieces en prise.

The best move might be 15.Bb3+

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...and play might then have gone 15...Qe7 16.Ne5

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...and that really is ∞!

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  morfishine: Fantastic game!
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  offramp: These were memorable days for the seemingly indestructible Caro-Kann Steinitz. 5.Ng5 was a strong alternative to 5.Bd3, waiting to see where the bishop would be best placed, on d3 or c4. With 5.Ng5 white annihilated black in Nunn vs Kiril Georgiev, 1988 and Kasparov went feral but still won in Kasparov vs Karpov, 1988.
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