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Anatoly Karpov vs Anatoly S Lutikov
14th Soviet Team-ch final A (1979), Moscow URS, rd 4, Jul-??
Scandinavian Defense: Bronstein Variation (B01)  ·  1-0


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Nov-11-04  Poisonpawns: Nice game by Karpov: Is this the strongest method of play for white in this line of the scandinavian?
Dec-01-04  Poisonpawns: Crushing the 3..Qd6 line of the Scandanavian. At his best Karpov`s positional play just made some openings look unplayable.
Sep-01-05  danielpi: Black is clearly worse by 18. Rhd1, but it's Kc7 that's really the blunder, since after 19. c3, the black Knight and Bishop both have nowhere to go. Black is virtually in zugzwang.
Jul-31-07  notyetagm: What a great plan by Karpov, 24 a2-a4, 25 b2-b4, and 26 b4-b5!, <STALEMATING> the offside Black b8-knight.

Position after 26 b4-b5!

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Final position

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Just like lazypawn(IM) said: <When you do not have a clear target, just gain space, that's the rule>. Here <GAINING SPACE> also takes away the a6- and c6-flight squares of the Black b8-knight.

Jul-31-07  notyetagm: Black resigns in the final position because the <PAWN ENDING> is dead lost if all of the pieces get traded off on d7.

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White will create a pair of <OUTSIDE PASSED PAWNS> on the b- and h-files with c4-c5 and g2-g4, overwhelming the Black king. Meanwhile any passed pawns that Black creates will be more centralized and hence much easier for the White king to impede.

A possible continuation:

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The White king easily deals with the passed Black pawns on the c- and e- files but the Black monarch is helpless against the passed White b- and h-pawns.

<WIDTH> wins in the endgame, the ability to create threats far apart from each other. This pawn ending is a great example of this endgame principle.

Aug-21-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Amazing game, karpov's positional play is just staggering, black is helpless. Remember Lutikov had a positive record against Tal no less!
Aug-02-09  ToTheDeath: Total paralysis!

Fantastic play by Karpov at his peak.

Aug-29-12  LoveThatJoker: <notyetagm> Excellent posts!


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  AvidChessMan: I used the training tool and it was clear early on in the game that doubled-up pawns on the f-file was a weakness for black that was going to be expoited. I also noticed the unlinked black rooks and the open d-file as factors in the game. Towards the end it was clear the black was getting weaker and his options more limited.
Feb-05-17  cunctatorg: Anatoly Karpov' genius just moved during this game at the very steps of Aron Nimzowitsch...

Anatoly Karpov wasn't at his peak at 1979, he was at his peak from 1984 until 1997-98...

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