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Anatoly Karpov vs Robert Huebner
Montreal (1979), Montreal CAN, rd 10, Apr-24
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  offramp: A powerfully played game by Karpov and it is a pity he missed the win with 39.♖g8+ ♔h7 (or 39...♔f6 40.♕f3+ ♔g5 41.h4#) 40.♕e3 ♖d6 41.♖h8+ ♔g7 42.♕xh6+ ♔f6 43.♕h4+ ♔g7 44.♖g8#
May-09-06  AdrianP: Nigel Short, on this game

Jan-15-13  stanleys: I'm sure that Karpov didn't have enough time at this point (39th move). The idea is not so obvious, but he would have find it without problems if the position was reached after the time control
Mar-09-14  Everett: This would be a another well-known Classic had Karpov found 39.Rg8+ and 40.Qe3; a Subtle and beautiful quiet move.
May-10-14  PJs Studio: I actually saw 39.Rg8 and 40.Qe3 right away so I STRONGLY assume he was trying to make the 40th move in haste. Especially Karpov who always was a deliberate (read slow) player.
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  perfidious: <Especially Karpov who always was a deliberate (read slow) player.>

In what way? At this stage of Karpov's career, he was generally well ahead of opponents on the clock.

May-13-14  PJs Studio: I did not know that. Thanks. Later in his career he was always behind Kasparov in their matches & was accused of being especially slow in the opening.
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  perfidious: <PJ> For an example, see the last note in the annotations to Karpov vs Keene, 1977; I remember Keene writing on this in the BCM at the time and being taken aback, though already familiar with Karpov's great speed of play from other annotators' comments.

It was something of a surprise to me, therefore, that Karpov soon began having trouble with the clock, particularly in his matches with Kasparov.

Dec-10-16  paul1959: paul1959: According to the tournament book by Gligoric, Karpov still had 30 minutes at move 39 to Huebner 3. It seems that everyone at the time missed Qe3, giving 40-Rxg6 instead. This should also win but Qe3 is much better of course.
Jul-30-18  Howard: 40.Qe3 was the move I missed!
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