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Anatoly Karpov vs Meinrad Schauwecker
"Backstreet Boys" (game of the day Aug-06-2019)
EUR-chT (Men) 5th (1973), Bath ENG, rd 5, Jul-10
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0
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May-17-09  tonsillolith: This might be my favorite Karpov game. It looks so unpleasant to play as Black. The biggest lesson I take from the game is the importance of controlling files (and ranks), especially by controlling the entrances (like c1 and c8).
Apr-25-13  Artemi: Capablanca like.....
Dec-26-14  ForeverYoung: This game is unusually instructive. White has a nice edge after 17 Rd1. After 18 Nd5! he puts the squeeze on black to perfection.
Jun-21-15
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  diagonal: <tonsillolith: This might be my favorite Karpov game>:

Gain a space advantage, eliminate the opponent's dynamic possibilities, and then squeeze the dried bones of the enemy position until they collapsed, following the lines of Capablanca and Petrosian.

Karpov, the <boa constrictor>, then on board four, European Team Championship at Bath in 1973, USSR versus Switzerland 7-1. Switzerland was lucky to qualify for the field, only eight nations on eight (!) boards plus two reserve players, competing in a closed team all-play-all.

In his country, Meinrad Schauwecker (Fide Master, but never IM, born in 1951 the same year as Karpov) is famous for this loss, an examplary lesson in <piece coordination> & <active manoeuvring> by Karpov.

Aug-06-19
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  HeMateMe: Why are they "backstreet boys?"
Aug-06-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Probably because of White's "back rank" boys.
Aug-06-19  cunctatorg: I also like the finishing touch, a threat for some kind of smothered mate ... by the Rook which only the Queen's sacrifice could prevent! That said, this game is truly a positional gem!!
Aug-06-19  Ironmanth: Terrific maneuvering! Thanks, chessgames.
Aug-06-19
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  thegoodanarchist: A very nice GOTD. The pun is questionable - it isn't really a pun, but it got the job done.
Aug-06-19  JohnBoy: I was wondering why white did not just snag the X at move 43... and then I saw the finish. Damn!

Having never seen this game (or maybe 45y ago), this is brilliant.

Aug-06-19  nalinw: One of the better puns ... perhaps one of the best!
Aug-06-19
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  master8ch: 28.Bf3 Qa2 29.Bb2 seems to win Black's queen.
Aug-06-19  AlicesKnight: <master8ch: 28.Bf3 Qa2 29.Bb2 seems to win Black's queen> even after 29.... a5?
Aug-06-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: The White queen was more of a backstreet girl, I'd say. Good pun even so!
Aug-06-19  woldsmandriffield: Not sure what to make of this “classic”. 26..Qc2 was a horrible move misplacing the Queen. Karpov could have wrapped things up early with 29 Bf3 forcing a win of the Black Queen or 28 f4 picking up the Bishop. There is an element of theatre (even showboating?) about the constriction White sets up.
Aug-06-19
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  HeMateMe: Schauwecker got a good Schaullwecking!

The best Karpov games are a treat, so smooth.

Aug-06-19  morfishine: Very nice game by Karpov, a smooth mixture of various tactics
Aug-06-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4

27.f4 a5 28.Qb6 Bxf4 29.gxf4 Nxe4 30.Bxe4 Rxe4 31.Bxd6 Rbe8 32.Be5 Re2 33.R3b2 Qe4 34.Rxe2 Qxe2 35.Qb5 Qe3+ 36.Kg2 Rc8 37.Rb2 Qe4+ 38.Kf2 f6 39.Re2 Qh1 40.Bxf6 Qxh2+ 41.Ke3 Qg1+ 42.Ke4 Qd1 43.d6 Qxd6 44.Be5 Qd1 45.Qd5+ Qxd5+ 46.Kxd5 Kf7 47.Rb2 Rd8+ 48.Kc5 Rd7 49.Rb6 Re7 50.Rf6+ Ke8 51.Rb6 Rd7 52.Rb5 + - (3.19) Depth: 20 dpa done

Aug-06-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 21 dpa done

1. + / - (0.97): 26...a5 27.Qb5 Bd4 28.Rc1 Qd8 29.Qd3 Ba7 30.h3 Rc7 31.Rxc7 Qxc7 32.Qc3 Qxc3 33.Rxc3 Re8 34.Rc4 Bb8 35.Bb2 Nd7 36.Bd4 f5 37.exf5 gxf5 38.Rc1 b6 39.Rc6 Re2 40.Bf1 Ra2 41.Bxb6 Rxa4

2. + - (1.42): 26...Ne8 27.f4 Bg7 28.a5 Qd8 29.e5 f6 30.exd6 Rd7 31.Qe1 Nxd6 32.Bxd6 Rxd6 33.Rxb7 Rxb7 34.Rxb7 f5 35.Bf3 Bf8 36.Kg2 Rf6 37.Qe5 Rd6 38.Qc3 Rd7 39.Rb6 Bg7 40.Qc4

Aug-06-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 21 dpa done

1. + / = (0.69): 25...b5 26.Qd2 Qa7 27.Kg2 Reb7 28.Bd1 Rc8 29.f4 Bg7 30.Qe2 Rbc7 31.axb5 axb5 32.e5 Qa8 33.Rd3 Ra7 34.Bb2 Qb7 35.Bb3 b4 36.Bd4 Ra5 37.Rd2 Ra3 38.Rc2 Rxc2 39.Qxc2

2. + / - (0.77): 25...Nf6 26.Rc1 Qd8 27.Bg2 Ne8 28.f4 Bg7 29.a5 Rc7 30.Rbb1 Rxc1+ 31.Bxc1 Qc7 32.Bd2 Qc2 33.Re1 Qc7 34.Rc1 Qd7 35.Qc4 Qe7 36.Bb4 Qd7 37.Bf3 b5 38.axb6 Rxb6 39.Kg2 Rb8 40.Bd2 Rb2

Aug-06-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 21 dpa done

1. + / = (0.63): 23...g6 24.Rdb1 Rb8 25.Qb6 Qc4 26.Qa7 Qc8 27.Bb2 Bxb2 28.R3xb2 Rc7 29.Qb6 Kg7 30.a5 Rc1+ 31.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 32.Kg2 Qc3 33.Rb3 Qc7 34.e4 Qd7 35.Qa7 Qc7 36.Qd4+ Nf6

2. + / = (0.63): 23...Rb8 24.a5 Qd8 25.Bg2 g6 26.e4 Rc7 27.f4 Bg7 28.Qe1 Rc4 29.e5 Ra4 30.e6 f5 31.e7 Qd7 32.Qe6+ Qxe6 33.dxe6 Bd4+ 34.Kf1 Bf6 35.Bb4 b5 36.axb6 Rxb6 37.Rdb1 Ra2 38.Bc3 Rxb3 39.Rxb3 Bxc3 40.Rxc3

Aug-06-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. + / = (0.64): 17...Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qc6+ 19.f3 h6 20.Bb4 Bg5 21.e3 Be7 22.Ne2 b6 23.e4 Qb7 24.h4 Bf6 25.Bc3 Bxc3 26.Nxc3 Rdb8 27.Qe2 Qc7 28.f4 Rd8 29.e5 Rab8 30.Qe4 dxe5 31.fxe5

2. + / = (0.68): 17...Rdc8 18.Ne4 d5 19.cxd5 Bxd5 20.Rc1 Bc6 21.Nc5 Bxg2 22.Nd7 Qd8 23.Bxe7 Qxe7 24.Kxg2 b5 25.e4 Rxc1 26.Qxc1 bxa4 27.bxa4 Rd8 28.Qd2 Rc8 29.a5 Rc4 30.e5 Rb4 31.Rd6 Rb7 32.Rd4 Rb5 33.Qc3 h6 34.h4 Rb1

Aug-06-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. = (0.21): 13...Qc7 14.Qc2 Nxd4 15.Rxd4 Bc6 16.Rfd1 h6 17.e4 Rac8 18.R4d2 Be8 19.h3 h5 20.Bf3 h4 21.Kg2 hxg3 22.fxg3 Bc6 23.Ne2 b5 24.cxb5 axb5 25.axb5 Bxb5 26.Qxc7 Rxc7 27.Bxd6 Bxd6 28.Rxd6 Rxd6 29.Rxd6 Bxe2 30.Bxe2 Nxe4

2. = (0.24): 13...h6 14.Qc2 Nxd4 15.Rxd4 Bc6 16.Qd2 Qc7 17.Rd1 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qb6 19.Qc2 Rac8 20.f3 Rc6 21.e3 Nd7 22.f4 Nf6 23.h3 Rcc8 24.a5 Qc6+ 25.e4 Rc7 26.Bb2

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