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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Training Match (1971), Leningrad URS, rd 4
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1


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Jun-17-03  SicilianDragon: I like 11...Qa5 to prevent 12. Bh6
Jun-17-03  caseyclyde: If, instead of 40. Re2, white plays Qe5 threatening mate, he loses to 40...Qf1+ with mate on d1. Better (obviously) is 40. Kc2. Even 40. Rh1 bxc3 seems okay for white.
Jun-18-03  SicilianDragon: 12. Bh6 was played way to early and I think after that Karpov could only have won if Korchnoi seriously erred.
Jun-18-03  drukenknight: has anybody had much experience playing an early h pawn attack (h4) against the fianchetto in this opening?
Jun-19-03  SicilianDragon: In the Yugoslav Attack (which is White's setup going into move 9) it is common for White to rapidly advance the h-pawn. Bobby Fischer said he had worked out beating the Sicilian Dragon into a science, simply "prying open the h-file and then sac, sac, mate"! This occurs very early, especially in the 9. Bc4 lines and, in fact, 12. h4 is considered the main line today! I play this opening as Black and I find that this setup for White does not yield fantastic results. Try looking at the variations beginning with 9. 0-0-0 (even though 9. Bc4 was Fischer's favorite) as Black's main responses have come under scrutiny in recent years.
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  offramp: This is Karpov's only ever loss against the Dragon. He has also drawn one game. Every other game he has won.
Oct-29-06  MadBishop: The fifth game of the match. The score was tied at 3:3 at the end.

24. Nd4?

40. Re2?? Qf1+ 41. Re1? (was Karpov awake during this game?)

Korchnoi definitley laid down the foundation for the modern Sicilian -, Najdorf and Dragon. His trade mark attack with ...Nb8-c6-e5-c4 followed by Bxc4 Rxc4 in response to white castling on the queenside is simply fantastic!!

Oct-29-06  KholdStare: <MadBishop> What else could Karpov do? 41. Kc2?? Qd1#
Oct-30-06  MadBishop: Well i was actually referring to 40.Re2?? Thefore the extra question mark.
May-25-07  Astardis: Now this is odd. I have several books by Karpov in which he states that he never (!) lost a game agains the Dragon.
Oct-26-07  buRnINGbeNd: 10. ...Rc8?! is a transposition back into the main line with 10. Bc4. Better is ...Qa5 or ...Nxd4 (intending ...b5) where black gets even better counterplay due to the bishop's early retreat than in the main line Bc4 yugoslav.
Oct-06-09  BarcelonaFirenze: Were the games of this match played under normal competition terms?
Dec-31-11  paulwrussell: 0-0-0 ? To what advantage? 0-0 would have been easier.
Dec-31-11  King Death: < Astardis: Now this is odd. I have several books by Karpov in which he states that he never (!) lost a game agains the Dragon.>

< BarcelonaFirenze: Were the games of this match played under normal competition terms?>

Maybe Karpov wasn't counting this as an official game. This 6 game match was for training and Karpov had White in 5 of the games.

< paulwrussell: 0-0-0 ? To what advantage? 0-0 would have been easier.>

I'm not an expert on the Dragon for either side but 0-0-0 is normal in the Yugoslav. White doesn't play his setup to castle short and give easy play on the queenside.

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  whiteshark: <King Death <I'm not an expert on the Dragon for either side >> You're not alone... :D
Jan-09-12  JoergWalter: right, Karpov claims to have given away only one draw in 20 games up to 1986. so he didn't count this one.
Jan-09-12  King Death: <whiteshark> Nice one.

<JoergWalter> He may not have counted this because it was part of a training match.

Nov-20-18  thejack: Doesn´t 26. Nf5 look ok for White? He threates Ne7+, and after 26.-ef5: 27.Rd5: he seems to be doing fine.
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  beatgiant: <thejack>
After 26. Nf5 exf5 27. Rxd5, Black has <27...Rxc3> but it gives only perpetual check. But shouldn't White be playing for a win in this position?
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