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Alexey Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov
Las Palmas (1994)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1
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Sep-06-05  Everett: Karpov near the end of his prime was still unsolvable to Shirov. After some manuevering beyond most mortals, Karpov's 25...Qf8 allows infiltration on the Q-side, down the c-file, and finally the back rank.

29.Bb2 and 30.Bc1 are sweet. Not sure what white does here except may return his rook back to a1.

Apr-19-06  thebriarpatch: Masterful coordination of pieces by Karpov... 25...Qf8 is vintage Karpov... I've seen this game in 2 books. I'm surprised there isn't more kibitzing here...
Feb-12-09  lefthandsketch: While I agree that this game exemplifies Karpov's virtuoso style in these advance caro positions, I have to point out that 37 Rf2 simply looks like a blunder on the part of Shirov. Obviously, but this point Shirov was already lost...but this blunder was the nail in coffin.
May-23-14  Nerwal: Indeed there are some books highly praising Karpov's 25... Qf8. That it is the best move doesn't seem fully clear; playing on general grounds such multi-purpose moves in complex positions can easily backfire, like 25... Qe8 in Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990. Anyway, Shirov's play in the next few moves can certainly be improved, maybe with h5 at move 27 or 28. Instead, 25... Rc2 is an interesting concrete possibility, although proving an advantage for black is again not easy at all.

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