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Anatoly Karpov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
SWIFT Tournament 1st (1986), Brussels BEL, rd 6, Mar-29
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0


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Apr-22-05  rndapology: I am surprised nobody has commented on this awesome game by Karpov. 11. Kf2 is a stunning move, and further play shows that Karpov saw the exchange of the queens coming well beforehand.
Apr-22-05  acdc: yep. he went on to win this tournament.
Apr-22-05  TheSlid: 25.f5 looks like a nasty shock. Exactly the reason I hate playing against computers.
Apr-22-05  Marvol: <rndapology> I don't think 11.Kf2 is that stunning considering it has been played since 1962: Leonid Stein vs Yanofsky, 1962 plus another 40-odd entries in the CG database. The only thing different here is the insertion of the a5, a4 moves.

I also don't see how Karpov saw the Queen exchange coming. Black plays Bf8 and Qb4 - if anyone, Ljubo saw the exchange coming.

Jun-13-09  The Brain99: Why did Karpov play 11. Kf2 instead of 11. Bd2?
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  Eisenheim: Bd2 allows NxD4
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