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Anatoly Karpov vs Rafael Vaganian
World Jr Ch qual (1969), Leningrad URS, rd 7
Alekhine Defense: Exchange. Karpov Variation (B03)  ·  0-1


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Sep-21-04  Rowson: Beating Karpov with black is hard... beating him with black and the Alekhine harder!
Jun-26-05  bentengutama: not really. karpov has problem with or against alekhine. just checked at database.
Jun-26-05  blackjacki2: beating him at 18 years old is impressive
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  Poisonpawns: Karpov missed 2 clear wins :Move 18.Bxh6 or 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Bxh6 winning which any begginner could see.I like the crushing move 28..Rh5 which says to to Tolya: `You blew your chance to win,now take your beating like a man!'
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  keypusher: <not really. karpov has problem with or against alekhine. just checked at database.>

His overall record against Alekhine's is 10 wins, four draws and this loss. We should all have such problems.

He played the defense twice, drawing once and losing this pretty game:

O Dementiev vs Karpov, 1970

Jun-13-07  Helios727: What happens after 45. a5 ?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Helios727> Why not just 45...g2 46.Rxb6 Qxb6 47.axb6 g1Q and Black has a queen and a bishop against a rook and a few pawns. Actually, 45...Qe4 might be even stronger, as White can't really stop the g-pawn.
Oct-15-12  Abdel Irada: <Poisonpawns>: The line you propose is anything but "clearly winning," as Karpov surely saw.

After 18. Nxd5, Nxd5; 19. Bxh6?!, e3!; 20. Bxe3 forced, Nxe3; 21. fxe3, Qg5!, I think Black gets the better of it. White's pawn on e3 is a static weakness; worse, if it falls, the d-pawn is likely to follow. Further, White's king safety is compromised, and the tactics I've tested so far all work out rather well for Black.

One of the reasons I like to play the Alekhine is that the positions that arise from it are dynamic and tend to be stronger than they appear. At first glance, White has all the trumps, but Black pulls resource after resource out of his hat, and with the unpredictable fluidity of the positions, White is not infrequently disagreeably surprised.

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  profK: White usually has the space advantage in an Alekhine's defence. But when Black gets the space advantage the curtain comes down.
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