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Jonathan Speelman vs Anatoly Karpov
01, Paris Immopar 25' ;EXP 26 (1991) (rapid), Paris FRA, Nov-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-25-17
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  offramp: Speelman had lost the first game to Karpv, so he had to win this to stay in the competition, which had a $73,000 first prize.


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Karpov seems to have closed up the kingside. Speelman has a punt with
27. d5!?
Now 27...Bxd5 is fine for Black. But Karpov decides to use his king to protect the weak f6 square. 27...Kg7??
It is very hard to see the winning move for White.


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28. c4!! would have settled Mr Karpov's hash in an instant. The threat is Qb2+ and Black is powerless!
*****
Speelman might also have tried 30. Nxf6


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when the game might have gone 30...Qxf6 31.Re7+ Kg8 32.Rhh7 Qxd4+ 33.cxd4 Rfd8 34.Reg7+ Kf8 35.Rxb7 with definite chances for White:


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*****
Later, Karpov could probably have won with


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39...Bxd5, but he decided to keep the position rationalised.

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