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Andrei Sokolov vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Sokolov Candidates Final (1987), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-26
Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack. Modern Variation (B10)  ·  0-1


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Jun-04-04  csmath: This gotta be one of the worst played Caro-Kann by two superGMs. That must have been the main reason why Sokolov resigned.
Aug-12-04  kingrook: no because karpov will be ahead 1 minor piece if he trys to win back his rook.
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  Honza Cervenka: 20.Ne5 looks like a miscalculation.
May-04-05  Granite: Yeah Ne5 is a pretty gross blunder, it looks like he's trying to get the knight in before he has to move his rook but somehow didn't account for the exchange.
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  offramp: Sokolov was 3-0 down before this game and did quite well in creating an unbalanced position - he had to win some games.

This match was slightly unusual in that every odd-numbered game was a Caro-Kann and every even-numbered game was a Queen's Indian.

Apr-12-09  Dredge Rivers: <offramp> <every odd-numbered game was a Caro-Kann and every even-numbered game was a Queen's Indian.>

Why? Did they suddenly forget how to play all the other openings?

Attaboy! Don't spoil us with variety!

Apr-02-10  Chess Network: Is Nxc3 that good? Seems like that h-pawn advance is really strong. Where could white have improved?
Jul-19-12  zakkzheng: <Dredge Rivers>

They didn't forget their openings. Karpov wanted to transpose to an english type set up. And also, the difference between GMs and us is that their opening preparation is better than ours and that is where we get our slight advantage to have a better chance winning. If you don't believe me, then go the opening exploration and find out how many games where played. If there are no games continued in this game, we can say your right but in the Karpov's best 100 game collection book,it is game number 40 and it said that he wanted to transpose into the english opening. This is all I know

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  perfidious: The long and short of it is that Sokolov has always had a narrow, though thoroughly prepared repertoire in the openings, just as Mark Taimanov had.

By this period, Karpov's repertoire, which had been wide, especially on his way to the top, started narrowing.

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  GrahamClayton: Sokolov's aggressive and original opening play 8.h4, 12. ♖b5 and 13. ♖c5 is simply and quickly refuted by Karpov, who realises that the rook on c5 has no squares and can be trapped in the middle of the board.

Position after 25...♘f4:

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Sokolov has the choice of capturing either rook, but his position is lost anyway.

Feb-06-17  Howard: Strangely enough, Chess Life said back in 1987 that after about 11 moves, Ljubojevic stated that the position "looks good for White".

Wasn't that rather optimistic !?

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