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Anatoly Karpov vs Yasser Seirawan
SWIFT Tournament 1st (1986), Brussels BEL, rd 9, Apr-02
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0


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Apr-29-07  Fast Gun: Subtle use of the Bishop pair from Karpov, this game was played a year after he lost his title to Kasparov: I do not doubt that had it not been for Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov would have been World Champion for another ten years: This game is typical of Karpov, full of neat subtle touches with limitless patience and relentless accuracy:
Aug-31-09  Everett: At first I thought 57..b4 was a good try to hold but after 58.Bb2 Nb8 59.Bd5 Bc7 60.Bd4 black is running out of squares. The K must stand-put to prevent Bg7.

Still, I wonder what white should play if black continues 60..Bd6 61.Bb6 Na6 62.Bc4 Nc7.

Perhaps penetrating with the K with 63.Kb3, placing the bishop on Bd4 (keeping black's K out of play), and marching the K to a6.

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  Landman: Seirawan writes about this game in his new book Chess Duels. Chessbase has an excerpt:

The annotations are rich, but one point puzzles me. In the line 29...♗g6 30.♖xf8+ ♗xf8 31.♕d5!, Δ 32.♕g8#, what's wrong with 31...♗h7 defending g8?

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  keypusher: <Landman> Good question! Shredder shows White picking up a pawn after 31...Bh7 32.Qd7 (32...Bd6 33.Ne5! Nxe5 34.dxe5 Qe7 35.Qc8+ Qf8 36.Qxf8+ Bxf8 37.Bxf4), but this isn't exactly obvious.

After 29...Bg6 30.Rxf8+ Bxf8, 31.Qg4, threatening both Bxf4 and Qc8+, is another way to win a pawn.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Seirawan's book is great.
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