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Anatoly Karpov vs N Orekhov
Tula (1965)
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0


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Nov-22-05  Massive attack: Can someone please explain why the hekk karpov played (17 NH4 ...)and why Black Played (17.... Be8 ). Couldn't have black simply played Bxh2+ and wining a Pawn !!!.

Nov-22-05  KingG: Good question, it was probably a blunder. Karpov was 14 at the time though. I don't know how old his opponent was.
Nov-22-05  Granite: Thanks for that <KingG> I was looking at 29. Qxg7+ and wondering why 29.Qxf6! wasn't played instead. Since the pawn on g7 is pinned by the rook white is up two rooks for a bishop instead of just up the exchange. Since he was 14 I feel safe second guessing Karpov!
Dec-25-05  Chopin: A beautiful endgame display by the young Karpov.
Dec-25-05  hitman84: 11.Ng3 is a side line i play it too and the best idea for black is 11...cd4 12.cd4 followed by central 12...e5 break and black easily equalises. his idea is rather passive no wonder white has made a feast out of this. good game though.
Dec-25-05  aw1988: I don't think it's that passive.
Jul-31-08  Helios727: <Granite> If 29. Qxf6 Bxg3 30. Qg6 Be5, and white has only a rook against bishop and 2 pawns, instead of rook against knight and 1 pawn.
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  bright1: But Helios727, after
29. Qxf6 Bxg3
30. Qg6 Be5
can't White play Nxh6+

Then what? If Black plays Kf8 then 32. Rf1+ wins

If instead Kh8 then 32. Nf7+ followed by 33. Nxe5 looks good. In fact, 32. Rf1 could even be stronger.

Jul-31-08  Helios727: <bright1> Okay, it looks like Karpov goofed.
Apr-09-09  Murmur: According to The Games of Anatoly Karpov by Kevin J. O'Connell and Jimmy Adams (Pitman Publishing, 1974), Karpov actually played 13. Qb1 and not 13. Bb1. Therefore, on black's 17th move, white is threatening 18. Bh7+ Kf7 19. Qg6+ Kf8 20. Nxg7 Rxg7 21. Qf6+ Rf7 22. Qh8+ Ke7 23. Ng6 mate. Black would be ill-advised to endanger his bishop on h2 in addition to having to deal with this threat.
Sep-19-14  garrido: love
nice play of young and correct Karpov
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  tpstar: Karpov scored well with the French Tarrasch = Repertoire Explorer: Anatoly Karpov (white)

Orekhov's only game in the database.

Tough endgame where Black took it all the way down to the wire.

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  sachistu: In the O'Connell/Adams book of Karpov's games, the venue is listed as Armed Forces zonal (with no location). As Karpov was only 14, this seems doubtful. My understanding is 18 was minimum age for Soviet Army participation. However, Shakhmatny Bulletin Issue 8, 1965, p250, has the game grouped under the category Armed Forces zonal competitions. I suspect this was the source that O'Connell and Adams relied upon.

Levy's book (Karpov's Collected Games) just lists the venue as Tula, which was Karpov's residence at the time. My suspicion is this was a youth/student tournament.

As mentioned in the O'Connell/Adams book, this was the first game by Karpov to appear in Shakhmatny Bulletin.

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  sachistu: It looks like Black missed two chances for a promising exchange sacrifice on moves 15 and 16 e.g. ...Rxf3!?. White's King side is broken and it seems Black has good counter-play with his two Bishops, and the ability to quickly bring his Rook to the open f-file. O'Connell and Adams do not mention this possibility in their notes to the game.
Feb-10-18  RookFile: You're right. In all honesty, I would have played 15....Rxf3 as a relex action in a bullet game. It seems very strange to not see this played at the professional level with black having plenty of time to think.
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  sachistu: I agree <RookFile> the exchange sac seems like an instinctive reaction. Even though Black was likely young (probably a student), it would be the kind of move I would expect from a Soviet player.
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