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Anatoly Karpov vs Ulf Andersson
Skelleftea World Cup (1989), Skelleftea SWE, rd 15, Sep-??
Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Variation (E11)  ·  1-0


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Aug-09-03  PVS: This game is identical to Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1989
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  Gypsy: A great endgame and interesting theme throught. Andersson loses because, to exchange piecess and from under Q-side pressure, his Q-side pawns advance too far. Karpov won several similar theme games in Bogo-Indian from Andersson (this being the most sublime one).

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  Gypsy: For afficionados, this endgame has zugzwangs galore: Karpov's <61.Be5> creates a nice one, though I suspect that either <61.Bh8> or <61.Bg7 Ne7 62.Be5 Nc6(Ng6) 63.Bf6> would have been a more accurate way to play. Still, only if it were possible for Black to pass move, he would not lose as neither 61...h4 62.Bf6..., nor 61...Kc3 62.Kxf4 Nxd4 63.Ke4... are good alternatives to the <61...Ne7> of the game.

The key difference between 61.Be5 and the other ways of tempoing out the knight, however, is that in the game Black can go for a pawn-endgame by <61...Nxe5!?>. It looks to me then that White still has a study-like win in all variations, but utmost accuracy is required.

First of all White must not take with his king, (I):

I. <62.Kxe5? Kd3!> draws because of <63.Kxf4> Kxd4 64.Kg5 Ke3 65.f4 Ke4 66.h4 Kf3 67.Kxh5 Kxf4 68.Kg6 e5 =. Realy no good would have been <63.Kxe6??> Kxd4 54.Kf4 Ke3..., even though a similar line would have won in the incarnation <62.Kxe5? h4?> 63.Kxe6! Kxd4 64.Kf5 Ke3 65.Kg4...

Paths to a win thus lie in the alternative capture of thge knight -- by the pawn (II).

IIa. <62.dxe5! h4> 63.Kxf4 Kd4 64.Kg4 Kxe5 65.Kg5! Kd4 66.Kxh4 ...

IIb. <62.dxe5! Kc3!> 63.h4! Kc4 64.Kxf4 Kd4 65.Kg5 Kxe5 66.Kxh5 Kf5 (66...Kf4 67.Kg6 e5 68.h5 Kxf3 69.h6...) 67.Kh6 Kf6 68.f4! Kf5 69.Kg7 (69.h5? Kf6=) 69...Kg4 70.Kf6 Kxf4 71.h5...

All in all, a most exquisite pawn endgame.


For completeness and clarification: 61.Bh8 Ne7 62.Kxf4?? is bad for 62.Ng6+, and 61.Bh8 Ne7 62.Kxf4? is bad on the account of the fork 62.Nf5. But the 62.Be5 Kc6(g6) 63.Bf6 works in either case; Black is tempoed out.

Jan-10-06  BabyJ: Notes:

6...Antidote no. 2. Do your worst,

9 !? Prophylaxis; White retreats the
bishop before he is forced to do so.

11...! Beginning a solid plan of
tip-toeing the Q out of the pin by
going to d6. This was neglected in
the Korchnoi game, where Andersson
had additionally played the un-necessary ...a5.

12 Nxd4 Ne5 will spotlight White's c-pawn.

14...He can also use the e7-route.

16 Apparently is 16 Bg3 now, just
16...Qd8. Taulbut gives as advantage
for Black 16 Rxe6 b5 17 Rxe8+ Nxe8
18 Bxf7+ Kxf7 19 Rxc7 Rxc7.

23... "This is rather too passive
(Taulbut); a better try was 23...h6!?
24 Nf3 (or 24 Nh3 Nb6 25 Nf4 b4) ...b4, with counterplay for Black.


Jan-10-06  BabyJ: I think Taulbut is right. Black
should definitely have kept the queens on. Once they were traded off, White's QB stole the show in the endgame!
Jun-18-15  Howard: This game is analyzed extensively in Creative Chess Strategy.
Sep-16-17  Howard: New in Chess told an interesting little story about this game in its coverage of the tournament. It said that all the players had been told in writing that no games would be adjourned in the final round, which is when this memorable effort by Karpov took place. However, after 60 moves had gone by, Karpov told the arbiters he wanted the game adjourned anyway.

After discussing the matter with Andersson, the arbiters compromised. Karpov was told to make his "sealed" 61st move right there on the board in front of Andersson. Then, the game was adjourned.

The resumption, the next morning, didn't exactly take long !

The excellent book Creative Chess Strategy, incidentally, strongly recommends that this game be studied carefully. One can see why !

Aug-01-18  areknames: <Howard> According to the Swedish mag Schacknytt 9/1989, the chief arbiter left the decision to adjourn up to Andersson, who apparently wanted to continue playing but found it difficult to go against Karpov's wishes. Kasparov, it seems, wasn't too impressed with Andersson's acquiescence as Karpov's eventual victory meant he had to share the tournament's first place with him.
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  Count Wedgemore: <According to the Swedish mag Schacknytt 9/1989, the chief arbiter left the decision to adjourn up to Andersson, who apparently wanted to continue playing but found it difficult to go against Karpov's wishes>

"Uffe" has always been a true gentleman, both at the board and off it.

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