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Albin Planinc vs Anatoly Karpov
"It's Albin Takin' Karpov" (game of the day Oct-29-2013)
Madrid (1973), Madrid ESP, rd 15, Dec-15
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: 12.a3 seems to be an attempt to improve white's play in comparison with A Planinc vs Suetin, 1973 where black after 12.Qh4 b4 got the advantage and won the game but Karpov was well prepared or reacted correctly and outplayed white quite convincingly here. 13.exf5 looks like a mistake. 13.Qh4 keeping h1-a8 diagonal closed and preventing Nf6 looks better. But also in that case 13...Kf7!? looks quite interesting.
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  FSR: Albin Takin' Karpov? I don't get it.
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  Phony Benoni: <FSR> Me too. The only connection that comes to mind is Depression-era gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, but that is not doubt the wrong direction chronologically.

The game doesn't seem anything special -- well, not for Karpov. He took control and material, and gave Planinc no chance for any of his patented nonsense.

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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Yes, it looks like a game between players rated 300 or 400 points apart - a complete mismatch.
Oct-29-13  mccormit: "It's all been taken care of"
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  FSR: <mccormit> Ah, OK. A bit of a stretch.
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  Infohunter: <mccormit: "It's all been taken care of">

<FSR: <mccormit> Ah, OK. A bit of a stretch.>

Yes, and not only because of the sounds of the words, but also because when I first read the pun it gave me the impression that Karpov had been "taken," rather than *vice versa.*

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  FSR: <Infohunter> Right - I had the same thought: "What? Albin beat Karpov?"
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  offramp: Very good pun - but it would have been better if Planinc had won.
Oct-29-13  gars: <Phony Benoni>: "... and gave Planinc no chance for any of his patented nonsense". Poisonous but funny!
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  Phony Benoni: <gars> Don't get me wrong; I love Planinc's style of play. I'd pay good money to see a match between him and Nezhmetdinov.

But Karpov -- even a pre-peak Karpov -- was an entirely diffreent matter.

Oct-29-13  Kikoman: position after 42...Kf8

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Oct-29-13  chessbug2: Although I too expected Planninc to have won the pun is still beautiful. Karpov and Albin are both pretty common names in the game of the day but the person who wrote the pun succeeded in finding something in those names - chapeau.
Oct-29-13  goodevans: After 17...Qxg2; 18.Qxg2 Bxg2 white's already a pawn down, but I don't think <19.Rhe1> helped his cause much. He needed to leave e1 free for the other ♖ if needs be and so <19.Rhg1> would have been better. As played, white soon found all his pieces stepping on each others toes.
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  playground player: Throw the St. George Defense at this guy (Karpov), and he folds like a cheap camera.
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  kevin86: no contest.
Oct-29-13  GumboGambit: <offramp> thanks. I agree that it wouldve been more approriate if Planinc had won. Their only other match was a draw, so I submitted this one on a bit of a whim. I just thought it was neat to see a rare match between these two. They are iconic figures, albeit for different reasons.
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  tamar: Lack of Planinc shown taking its toll, y'all.
Dec-13-13  gars: <Phony Benoni>: I didn't get you wrong. In fact I like your remarks very much and I can't remember the last paragraph of your user profile without laughing a lot!
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  keypusher: < playground player: Throw the St. George Defense at this guy (Karpov), and he folds like a cheap camera.>

The idiocy of the statement is matched by the inanity of the metaphor.

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