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Anatoly Karpov vs Raymond Keene
Bad Lauterberg (1977), Bad Lauterberg FRG, rd 8, Mar-14
Philidor Defense: Larsen Variation (C41)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Nov-06-04  mack: Interesting work there, <vonK>, I'll have to take a deeper look myself. Thanks.
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  lostemperor: This game is one of the reason I took up the Larsen variation of the Philidor for some time which is a nice surprise weapon. Poor Karpov he must have felt taken pretty unseriously by English GMs. First a Philidor opening by Keene and 3 years later later a 1... a6 by Miles hehe.
Nov-06-04  mack: Not forgetting Short's various defencese against d4: Dutch, Bogo-Indian and Budapest Gambit!
Mar-17-05  Catfriend: This is one of my favorite variations as black! Glad I'm not the only one in the world to play 4..g6 and 6..Nc6:)
Sep-24-08  Woody Wood Pusher: This is a good game <Ray>, I particularly enjoyed reading your psychological insights into your opening choice.

Any chance you will annotate any more of your games against Karpov?


Feb-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Regarding the 48 Kxh6 Rd8 49 Kg5 Rg8+ 50 Kf4 Rg4+ 51 Ke3 Rxh4 52 Rxd6 Rh3+ 53 Kd2 Rxc3 54 Rxf6+ Kxf6 55 Kxc3 <Kxf5> sub-variation, GM Keene has acknowledged that 55...Ke5 was a typo.

The position after 55...Kxf5 is equal.


Aug-26-15  Albion 1959: RDK refers (or alludes to) in his Karpov v Korchnoi match 1978, that this draw against Karpov was due to playing the Philidor defence. This is slightly disingenuous. True he got an easy game against Karpov, but got the draw by tenacious defence from steady pressure, holding firm and keeping his nerve: The line on move 49 where he suggests that after move 53 Rd3 "it is an open question as to whether black resist" This allows Karpov to increase pressure with 54 Rc7+. Maybe a move like 53 a6 is more tenacious ?
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  Sally Simpson: I thought RDK did well avoiding this trap after such a long playing session.

Black's in check..

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54... Kh7

Looks OK. No more checks.

55. Rg1

This move is forced and yet White is winning.


And this check nurses home the d-pawn. End of analysis 0-1.

56. Kf6 Re1

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57. Rg7+ Kh8

58. Nf7 checkmate.

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  Domdaniel: I remember when this game was played. Ray Keene wrote about it in CHESS magazine, explaining just why he had prepared the Philidor to face the World Champion.

At the time, a draw with the world champ was a big deal. It was only later, following good results by Miles, Nunn, Short, Speelman, et al, that English players began to believe that world champs were beatable after all.

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  ray keene: Thanks for the compliment. This was a really tough game.
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  perfidious: <Dom....At the time, a draw with the world champ was a big deal....>

Most especially with Black, and this was the only game at Bad Lauterberg which did not end in victory for Karpov when he had the white pieces.

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  Domdaniel: <ray keene> -- Thanks, I've always admired this game, not least for the courage involved in playing the Philidor (which was regarded as dubious) against Karpov.

It may not have "shocked" the champion as Miles did at Skara with 1...a6, but it really wasn't far off. And maybe it planted a tiny seed of fear in his mind about those English GMs and their crazy openings...

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  harrylime: some creeeeeeeeping going on here ! lol lol

This Game is UGLY. And has nothing, I repeat , NOTHING, going for it.

Just an UGLY Nothin game.

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  Domdaniel: Oh, Harry, give it up, will you? At least in this case. It's an interesting game.

And I'm not "creeeeping", honest. In fact, RDK and I haven't always been on the best of terms.

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  Domdaniel: <Ray> -- <"Apropos Karpov's speed of play ...">

It's interesting that Karpov and Anand, who were renowned for the speed of their play when they were younger, both slowed up considerably after the age of 40, to the point of getting into time trouble regularly.

Contemporaries of theirs, who had never been known for quick play, did not slow down with age.

Dec-09-18  john barleycorn: <Domdaniel: ...

Contemporaries of theirs, who had never been known for quick play, did not slow down with age.>

They probably could only speed up.

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  ray keene: Yes, it was the only game which Karpov failed to win as White.
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  HeMateMe: nice game. Black's weak, backward d pawn sees like a liability that can lose a game, but it turns into a passed pawn that holds the draw!

Interesting how careers change. Later in life Karpov had time trouble against the stronger players. I forget which player it was, possibly Anand or kasparov where Karpov only played about 33 moves, badly missing the 40 move time control. Apparently he felt it more important that he could demonstrate the ability to hold a position equally with no clock present, even if it meant a sure forfeit. Sort of a pyrrhic victory for Karpov, a consolation prize.

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  Domdaniel: <Ray> - Yes, thank you. Careers change, as you say -- and so do playing styles.

In fact, players who don't modify their styles of play are much more likely to run into serious trouble.

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  MissScarlett: Ray's writing style shows remarkable constancy.
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  Domdaniel: Karpov may have slowed down ... but I remember seeing a game, maybe 15 years ago, where he had a beautiful win as Black in a Caro-Kann. I think it was a blitz or rapid event in Moscow, but I can't recall the details -- just that he played brilliantly at a very quick time control.
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  saffuna: V Yemelin vs Karpov, 2006 ?
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  Domdaniel: <saffuna> -- Thank you so much. Yemelin-Karpov is still a great game ... I had both the venue and the year wrong, so thanks for working out which game I meant.

It's good to see Black employ the Caro-Kann to such lethal effect.

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  saffuna: I liked playing through that game as well.
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  Domdaniel: <saffuna> -- Yes, it is a fine win by Karpov.

If I remember correctly, Leonard Barden wrote about it in his Guardian column.

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