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Karen Ashotovich Grigorian vs Anatoly Karpov
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 16, Dec-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  0-1
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Dec-03-14
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  Richard Taylor: Bagirov, Tukmakov and Gufeld analysed this game. Exchanging to take on d4 was Bronstein's idea in his book of the Zurich Candidates of1953 (Keres-Smyslov, if 11. Qe2 had been played).

But later they or Bagirov thought that 18. Bxh7+ was close to winning. It was better but Komodo doesn't find a win. The line was '18. Bxh7+ Kh8 (taking the B is too dangerous) 19. Bxf6 gf 20. Be4 Rad8 21. Qe3 (or 21. Kh1) 21...Rg8+ 22. Kh1 Rxd1+ 23. Rxd1 Rg5 24. f4 Rg7 25. f5...' then ' he [Grigorian would have been able to count on an advantage. I (Bagirov) don't pretend any absolute accuracy for this variation but it is surely is stronger than that played in the game...'

He is right but Black can defend with accurate play (Komodo) [This is from 'Anatoly Karpov's Games as World Champion 1975-77 by O'Connell and Levy]

Also in that line 21...Kg7 is better.

May-04-16  Howard: Too bad Karpov's opponent later committed suicide.
May-04-16  User not found: As long as it wasn't for this game because he played okay..

<But later they or Bagirov thought that 18. Bxh7+ was close to winning. It was better but Komodo doesn't find a win. The line was '18. Bxh7+ Kh8 (taking the B is too dangerous)>

I thought the very worst thing that could happen should Karpov have taken that bishop on h7 was a draw. In fact that's why I thought Karpov didn't take the bishop. All in all white played pretty good.

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