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Zoltan Ribli vs Anatoly Karpov
Interpolis 4th (1980), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Sep-20
English Opening: King's English. Taimanov Variation (A25)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: White was in troubles early in the opening. His Knight on d5 was rather a weakness than outpost of his position. 16.b4 was a mistake after which 16...Na5 (quite pretty move) won material. 21.Bb2 was another blunder, but it changed nothing as white was already lost.
Apr-12-09  returnoftheking: site: Tilburg, not Tilberg..
Mar-02-12  King Death: After playing through this game I still can't make sense out of 10.Qd2.
Mar-03-12  SChesshevsky: I'm guessing White played 10.Qd2 thinking about setting up a Qside attack.

Maybe something like pushing b4 threatening b5 which pushed the N off c6 and opens up for Bb2 Rb1 and maybe Qa5 targeting a7 and c7.

It might look like a decent idea except for Whites weakness on h3 and Karpov beats him to the tempo with 11...Qd7, 12...f5, and 13...b5.

It looks like Ribli still tries his idea but with the pin on b4, Black's c6 Knight ends up a very good piece.

Mar-03-12  King Death: < SChesshevsky: I'm guessing White played 10.Qd2 thinking about setting up a Qside attack...>

But it's normal for White to play ideas like a2-a3 or Ra1-b1 that don't block in the bishop, which can go to b2 later or not be developed at all.

It may be that 9.h3 isn't such a wonderful idea and that Ribli should have tried 9.Rb1.

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  Penguincw: Why resign here? I can see the bishop or queen getting to d5, but things don't get bleak, yet...
Mar-04-12  SChesshevsky: <<Why resign here?>>

White's probably thinking after 26. Bxd5 Qxd5,

his Bishop's pretty bad and he has no control over the White squares, he has to always keep a defensive eye on the passed e pawn, he'll probably lose the c-file via Rb6 Rc6 or if White Rc1 then Black Re8 and push the pawn, and he has to watch out as his King's vulnerable.

So while White can probably play on, I'm guessing he doesn't have much if any winning chance and he would need to play great but depressing defense for the slim chance of even getting a draw.

Jun-02-13  Everett: Black is up material and will be able to put it to good use with an eventual ..a5, or even ..Rb6-Rc6 and Rfb8, combined with ..e3. White is lost.
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