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Anatoly Karpov vs Roberto Luis Debarnot
Las Palmas (1977), Las Palmas ESP, rd 3, May-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  1-0


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Jun-02-07  nolanryan: nasty endgame victory.
i wonder if karpov was lazy, and got all these endgame victories because he didn't try hard enough in the middle game.
May-10-15  tessathedog: This is a lovely game, played in true Karpov style. Very nice example of conversion of an IQP weakness into a different set of pawn weaknesses (26 Nc6!). Also very nice play to prepare for the endgame breakthrough hurry, no fuss, first Karpov gets all his pieces into their best positions, including fixing the "g" pawn and securing f5 as an outpost for his bishop (60 g4!), so that when the breakthrough comes, it is unstoppable, the bishop on f5 winning a piece to prevent queening. Great technique. I'm sure I would have just drawn this ending as White. The moves Karpov finds to bring home the win don't seem terribly difficult once you have seen them, but to play them one after the other in a practical game is much more difficult. Karpov's games are so instructive, and clear enough that we can follow what's going on. I hadn't seen this game before, and am surprised it's not better known.
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