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Miguel Cuellar Gacharna vs Anatoly Karpov
Leningrad Interzonal (1973), Leningrad URS, rd 6, Jun-09
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: 35.e6 was a miscalculation. Black could have played 36...Bxd3 as after 37.Rxd3 Ng7 38.Rh3 Nh5 39.Bd1 e5 40.Bxh5 gxh5 41.Qxh5 Rd7 42.Qg4 Rxc3! white's attack is over and black has huge advantage.
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  Chessical: I agree with <Honza Cervenka's> analysis, although there is nothing wrong with Karpov's more cautious move. He had been defending for many moves, and he did not need to take any chances in the position (and lose to the tournament tail-ender).

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Cuellar's attack was rapidly running out of steam. Instead of <35. e6>, he could have brought up the Knight with <35.Nd4>. This does not, however, succeed in preserving an initiative.

(a) <35... Ng7> 36. Rf3 Bxc2 37. Nxc2 Nf5 38. Qf4 Bb4; or

(b) <35... Bxd3> 36. Rxd3 Ng7 37. Rh3 Nh5 38. Bd1 Qb7 39. Bxh5 gxh5 40. Nb3

and in either case the initiative is with Black.

Perhaps, if Cuellar had placed his Queen on <f4> on move 34 he could have held some initiative. This would have allowed him to play <Rf3> (after a <Bf5> from Karpov) and keep pressure on <f7>. The Queen does little on the <h> file.

Dec-19-14  Eduardo Bermudez: Sometimes, the defeats are more interesting than dozen of victories !
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