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Anatoly Karpov vs Anthony Miles
Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984), London ENG, rd 6, May-02
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: I like 17.Ng5 with threats like 18.Qe4 , 18.Nb1 , 18.Nc2 , 18.b4 or even 18.Nxf7 Kxf7 19.Qe4 (It could have followed after 17...Be7.) The rest of game looks like a slaughter.
Oct-09-03  PVS: I prefer 17...h6 to the text move, but that allows 18. Nxf7.
Oct-10-03  tud: The start is 18 b4 !! and Karpov sees until 24 Qg4.
Oct-10-03  abumusa2002: hello i am new to this.Why did black not take queen when white moved to g6 in move 24. And, has the game ended on move 32. How? Sorry 4 my idiocy
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  Calli: 22...h5? is a bad move in losing position. Better is 22...h6 23.Ne4 Nd4 24.Bxh6 Nf5 25.Qf6 Nxh6 26.Nxd6 and White should win.
Oct-10-03  skakmiv: abumusa: On move 24, black could not take the queen because the pawn i pinned by the bishop on a2.
Oct-10-03  NiceMove: After 26. Ne4, why can't black play dxe4 ?

26. Ne4 dxe4
27. Bh6 Bxh6
28. Qxh6+ Ke8
29. Qh8 Kd7
30. Qxd8 Qxd8
and things look complicated..

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  Calli: 26. Ne4 dxe4
27. Bh6 Bxh6
28. Qh8#
Oct-10-03  drukenknight: I agree w/ PVS, since black is ahead in material he should strive to exchange; whenever you violate this rule bad stuff often happens. There are other moves on 17 and 18 that seem to facilitate exchanges also.

The argument vs 17...h6 is the N sack and it weakens the pawn structure.

But if you have to fend off the N sack, maybe that is what the chess gods have given as your task, it is hard to argue with them. Besides Karpov does not like to sack.

The other argument has even less weight; both Ks are on the same wing, there is much less risk of pawn storm. ALso black's pawn maj. is on the k side, probably he will have to advance these guys somehow because white will try to do something on the q side.

WHen you think about that 17...h6 sounds better.

Oct-11-03  Cyphelium: Isn't white just better after 17.- h6 18. Nxf7 Kxf7 19. b4?
Oct-11-03  drukenknight: in the line you suggest 19...Qc7 may be useful. I think that in this line 19 Qe4 may be a stronger follow up move since it adds pressure to the K.
Oct-13-03  NiceMove: Calli, you forgot 29. Qh8+ the king is on e8, it can go to d7 so it's not mate. White has a great attack in any case but if the black king can hide over on the queen side it might take a while for white to capitalize.
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  Calli: "the king is on e8"
No, its not on e8. Look at the line you posted:

"26. Ne4 dxe4
27. Bh6 Bxh6
28. Qxh6+ Ke8"

It only moves to e8 if Qxh6+, but at that moment h8 is no longer guarded by the bishop, so 28.Qh8 is mate.

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  keypusher: <Cyphelium: Isn't white just better after 17.- h6 18. Nxf7 Kxf7 19. b4?>

Shredder suggests the startling 19....Kf6 and Black is still in the game. Instead strongest seems to be 19.Rd1 (19.Qe4 also wins) threatening 20.Rxd5. If 19....Ke6 then 20.Nc2 is decisive.

Taking the pawn on d5 was just a bad idea.

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