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Alexander Zakharov vs Anatoly Karpov
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 11, Dec-13
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated (E24)  ·  0-1
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Sep-08-17
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  offramp: Alexander Zakharov played 19. Be3.


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Karpov replied 19...Nxe4! In playing that he must have seen as far as 24...Nd2,


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and probably even as far as 28...Nxc1.


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That position, however, seems more or less level, and a little later Karpov looks to be in trouble:


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With 35...Re8 Karpov offered his a-pawn. Play could have gone 36. Rxa7 Nxf4 37. Ng5 and there would probably be a repetition. Zakharov, possibly in time trouble, may have thought there was more to be had in the position.

Eventually the knights come off and there is a rook ending on the board:


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...you don't need to be as strong as Karpov to win that.

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