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Anatoly Karpov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Hoogovens (1988), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-20
Queen's Gambit Declined: Capablanca Variation (D30)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: 14...Qb8 was a trade proposal from Ljubojevic's part - give me a Bishop pair if you want to break my Pawns. Karpov accepted it, then kept the position closed for black Bishops, methodically prepared decisive intrusion of his pieces into opponent's camp and convincingly scored full point.

Instead of 37.Rxc7 (which is absolutely sufficient for the win) he could have played also 37.Rxa7! Rxa7 38.Qxb6+ Rc7 39.Bxa6 (see diagram) with immediate win.

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Due to threat 40.Qb8+ Kd7 41.Bb5+ black is unable to save Rc7. Of course, 39...Qxg6 40.Qb8+ Kd7 41.Bb5+ Kd6 42.Qd8+ leads to mate in next move.

Desperate 58...e5+ with idea to close the way for white King to the Queenside would have been futile as well, for example 59.dxe5+ Kxg7 60.Kf5 Kf7 61.Ba2 etc.

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  keypusher: Wow, wonderful game by Karpov. Thanks for pointing it out, honzacervenka!
Sep-06-06  euripides: Capablanca vs Lasker, 1924 is a classic,and very different, treatment of the same structure.

32..f6 looks suspect, but Black has almost no constructive move. If 32...Nf6 White might play 33 Nxf5; or 32...Ng5 33 f4 Ne4 35 Bh5; or 32...Nd6 33 Rxd6+.

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  Honza Cervenka: <euripides> In move 32 black is toast. White threatens simply to play 33.Bh5 with next Nxf7+ (covering of f7 by Knight from g5 or d6 is not sufficient for f4 or Rxd6+) and after 32...Nf6 white can play not only 33.Nxf5! exf5 34.Qxf5 but also 33.a5! bxa5 (33...b5 34.Rd6+! Ke8 35.Rxa6! is not any better, of course 34.Nxf5 would be possible as well.) 34.Rd6+! (34.Rxa6! wins too easily) 34...Ke8 (34...Qxd6 35.Nxf7+ ) 35.Qa4+ Kf8 36.Nhg6+ and the game is over. As far as I can see, 32...f6 is forced move but insufficient.:-)

That's Karpov....:-D

Feb-05-07  positionalgenius: This is one of my favorites of all-time and should be viewed by any Karpov fan.
Feb-05-07  whatthefat: Wow, what a powerful game! I'm not sure I really understood the need for Black's DSB manoeuvre ♗d6-b8-a7. Perhaps Black should have aimed for an earlier ...a5, using b4 as a bishop outpost while the white knights are on the kingside. True, White gets b5 in return, but ...Ba6 would also be possible, trading LSBs.
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  tamar: There is also an eerie resemblance to gm 9
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 around move 52

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Except in that game, Karpov had the knight and Black the bishop.

To play two such games is magical talent.

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