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Anatoly Karpov vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship (1971), Leningrad URS, rd 1, Sep-15
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  1-0


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Jun-10-05  jorgchnoi: A pretty 2R+Knight vs. 2R+ bishop.But,
can any tell me ┐How win Karpov against 25...,Rxb2 instead 25..,Bc5 ?
Jun-10-05  Kangaroo: I would prefer to see another game, the only victory of Mark Taimanov against
Anatoli Karpov
- it is so elegant! Visit Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977
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  Honza Cervenka: <jorgchnoi> What about 25...Rxb2 26.Nxf4+ Kf6 (26...Ke7 27.Re1+ Kf6 28.Nh5+ etc.) 27.Nh5+ Kg6 (27...Ke7 28.Re1+ with mate) 28.Rg1+ Kh6 29.Nf6 threatening 30.Rh5#?
Jun-10-05  paladin at large: I have trouble with this one (others too) - what is the purpose of 35....Bd6?
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  Honza Cervenka: <paladin at large> 35...Bd6 is an error in the gamescore. 35...Bh6 was played.
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  Honza Cervenka: <jorgchnoi> Well, in the line which I gave above I missed 29...Rb5 as a good defence against threatening mate. Also 25...Rxb2 26.Nxf4+ Kf6 27.Nh5+ Ke6 is possible, although 28.R5d4 Rb5 (28...Rxa2?? 29.Re4+ Kf5 30.Rd5+ Kg6 31.Rg4+ Kh6 32.Nf4 and the game is over.) 29.Nf4+ Ke5 30.Rd7 gives white some advantage. Also 25...Rxb2 26.Nxf4+ Kf6 27.Nh5+ Kg6 28.Rg1+ Kh6 29.Nf4 (it's better than 29.Nf6) 29...Rb5 30.Rd7 Ba3 31.Rg4! Rf8 32.Rh4+ Kg5 (32...Kg7? 33.Ne6+ ) 33.Rxh7 gives advantage to white.
Jun-12-05  jorgchnoi: <Honza Cervenka>: It's true.I also thought about a mate.The line after 25...Rxb2 26.Nxf4+ Kf6 27.Nh5+ Ke6 maybe leads to draw.But 27..,Kg6 28.Rg1+ Kh6 29.Nf6 Rb5 intrigued me.┐How to win?.I found 30.Rxb5 axb5 31.Ng8+ Kh5 32.Kf4,Bd6 and 33.Kf5 with the idea Kf6-f7-g7 seems winner. Also 33.h4! with the idea Kf4,threatening mate deserves atention,but I would like to know what had in mind Karpov?
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  birthtimes: I think it's safe to say that Karpov at least saw to move 30 after playing his 22nd move, including, of course, the 24...Rxc2+ line. He was probably thinking that he had more than enough compensation for being a pawn down through the activity of his rooks, knight, and king versus the delayed activity of Black's king rook and king bishop...Karpov was only 20 years old when this game was played, and his play at this time was much different than the Karpov that emerged in the 1980's...
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