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Anatoly Karpov vs Robert Eugene Byrne
Hastings (1971/72), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-30
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Modern Variation (B61)  ·  1-0


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Nov-19-05  hayton3: Nice positional/tactical play by Karpov building on the slightly inferior choice of variation by Byrne. The finish is simple and elegant.
Nov-20-05  Averageguy: <hayton3>Another good find, you often manage to pick out fine games with no prior kibitzing. How do you do that?
Nov-20-05  suenteus po 147: <Averageguy> I would speculate it is due to a little thing I like to call "research."
Nov-20-05  Averageguy: <suenteus po 147> I understand that, but is it really deep research, or is it by some other way?
Nov-20-05  suenteus po 147: <Averageguy> I imagine it has to be really deep. The only way I know to avoid that is to narrow your focus along certain categorizations, like a certain player or opening. You see some people doing that sometimes, commenting on a series of Kasimdzhanov games, or Smith-Morra Gambit games. I used to do the first kind of research when I had loads of free time. Now I do the second kind whenever I have an afternoon off.
Nov-29-05  vampiero: interesting how Karpov finds a win in a position that has equal material, no queens, and opposite color bishops
Dec-16-10  ramron67: This is one of the most brilliant endings that I have ever seen!
Dec-16-10  fab4: After 16 Bf3 black's position looks hopeless. What on earth was Byrne thinking about getting getting into such a position ? 17 f5 and after e5 and Nd5 a rook sac on e5 looks winning.
Sep-07-15  ToTheDeath: Byrne's opening preparation went wrong. I don't think he was expecting the powerful 12.e5! which was an improvement over previous games.

10...Rxc3! 11.bxc3 e5! is not so clear. Black should have gone in for this.

The ending is quite pretty, as Karpov's technique is pretty much flawless. Nice game.

Sep-22-16  SpiritedReposte: Nice unexpected mate threat trumps a promotion threat.
Sep-22-16  capafischer1: the great Anatoly is just toying with byrne. beautiful,precise attack
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  Kale1970: In Mednis's "how karpov wins", the white move 28 is R-QR3! Here we have 28-a5.
Jul-17-17  sheltone: Why would Byrne ever move his King over tripling Karpov's pawns with the simple ...Bxf3?

Rg2 follows and both black rooks are bearing down on c2, the bishop can do the same on a4, and the Queen is hitting c3 and a2.

Chessbase has 28 a5.

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  ChessHigherCat: <sheltone: Why would Byrne ever move his King over tripling Karpov's pawns with the simple ...Bxf3?

Rg2 follows and both black rooks are bearing down on c2, the bishop can do the same on a4, and the Queen is hitting c3 and a2.>

White still has some counterplay in that variation, at least I think this looks okay for white: 16. Bf3 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Rg2 18. Re5 Qc7 19. Qa4+ Qd7 20. Qxd7+ Kxd7 21. f5

Sep-02-17  Marmot PFL: 16. Bf3 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Rg2 18. Re5 Qc7 19. Re4 Qc5 20. f5 is M. Gurevich's recommendation for white but I don't think it destroys black.
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  chesscat1963: The computer seems to like 15...bxg2 instead of rg8.
Sep-19-17  DWINS: <chesscat1963: The computer seems to like 15...bxg2 instead of rg8.>

I'm not sure what computer you're using but Stockfish 8 agrees with Byrne's 15...Rg8 and considers 15...Bxg2 a mistake as after 16.Bb5+ White has a big advantage.

Apr-02-18  cunctatorg: Young but still: Karpov!
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