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Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov vs Anatoly Karpov
Zlatoust (1962)
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1


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Jan-18-06  shamekovich: 28 ?

Instead, 28 Bh3! looks stiff, threatening 29 Nxe4+!. If then 28...c6 29 Nxe4+ fxe4 30 Bxd7 Nxd5 31 Nxd5+
cxd5 32 Rd1 .
If 28...Rd8 29 g4! when the g4 square
is now protected TWICE rather than once, allowing after 29...fg, the win of a pawn by the in-between 30 Nxe4+
and then Nxg4! (absolutely critical -
not dropping a piece by Bxg4? - this
way allows the b3 rook to swing over
to g3 in answer to ...Rg8).

When you can play a move that has
TWO threats (Nxe4+ and g4) that's
almost always a good move to consider!

Jan-18-06  shamekovich: Finally, note that after 28 Bh3!
Rd8 29 g4, if 29...Rg8, then 30 g5+!
and 31 Nxe4! is still on.
May-27-08  apexin: in the final position black's e3 pawn is unstoppable. the c-file rook is tied to the defence off threat of Rg3# so it is impossible to play for a draw with Rc5.
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  whiteshark: "All available sources give the bizzare 56...R2g7, but considering what happens next, it seems more logical that <56...R2g4> was actually played."

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Tibor Karolyi / Nick Aplin in "Endgame Virtuoso: Anatoly Karpov: The Exceptional Endgame Skills of the 12th World Champion"

Mar-21-14  LIFE Master AJ: Game score is incorrect, see <whiteshark>'s comment, above.
Mar-24-14  LIFE Master AJ: The game has been corrected, thanks CG staff.

Good show <whiteshark> for being the first to point this out.

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Game 15:
from How Karpov Wins: The Early Years by Backward Development
from 95_Neglected {RR} endgames by whiteshark
#3.) A long game, another tough R+P ending.
from "Endgame Virtuoso, Anatoly Karpov" by 2 authors by LIFE Master AJ

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