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Anatoly Karpov vs Alexander Khalifman
Reykjavik World Cup (1991), Reykjavik ISL, rd 6, Sep-29
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0


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  keypusher: 32. e6 is a really fine move, opening the seventh rank for the White rooks.
Aug-14-08  ToTheDeath: One of Karpov's greats.

<14.Qd3!?> was a novelty. As Karpov explained to GM Ron Henley in his video series "Karpov's Best Games" the point is to force Black to take on d4 and play a knight to c5 before retreating the queen to c2; this way if Black plays ...Rc8 there will be one more piece on the c file blocking any discoveries of Queen on rook. This is typical Karpov prophylaxis.

<18. Bd2!> and <20.Bc1!> are seemingly retreating moves but are in fact strong attacking maneuvers to harass Black's queen.

<22.Ne3!> a strong exchanging combination leaving Black in a nasty two-way pin on d5.

Khalifman's erroneous 29...Bc5? allows Karpov to prepare the doubling of rooks on the seventh rank with tempo due to the attack on c5: <31.Rc7!>.

After the final mistake 31...Ra3? (31...Re2 32.Rd5 h5 would at least put up more of a fight)Karpov unleashes a dagger blow <32. e6!!> prying open the seventh rank with total destruction for Black. The pawn can not be ignored as 32...Rxb3 33.e7 Re8 34.Rd8 Rb8 35.Rxb8 Rxb8 36.Rd7 wins.

A masterpiece.

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