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Anatoly Karpov vs Valery Salov
Linares (1993), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Opocensky Variation (E17)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: 31...Ng6 allowed a pretty finish but the attack of white would have been decisive after other moves too, for example 31...Kg8 32.Nxh7 Kxh7 33.Rh4+ Kg8 34.Be4 g6 35.Bxg6 Bg7 36.Bh7+ Kh8 37.Be4+ Kg8 38.Rh8+ Kxh8 39.Qh4+ with mate or 31...g6 32.Qh3 h5 33.Nf7+ Nxf7 34.Rxf7 Bg7 35.Qg3 Kh7 (35...Qxb3 36.Qxg6 Qxc3 37.R7f5 Re5 38.Be4 and the mate is unavoidable.) 36.Ne4 Re5 37.Nf6+ Kh6 38.Qf4+ g5 39.Ng4+! hxg4 40.Qf6+! Kh5 (40...Bxf6 41.R1xf6+ Kh5 42.Rh7#) 41.Rxg7 Rh8 42.Qg6+ Kh4 43.Qh7+ Rxh7 44.Rxh7#.
Mar-01-06  notyetagm: <Honza Cervenka> 31 ... ♘g6? allows a pretty finish indeed. After 32 ♘f7+ ♔g8 33 ♕xg6! Black has a major problem. Recapturing with 33 ... hxg6 meets 34 ♖f4-h4 and mate down the h-file cannot be averted. If Black does not recapture then he is simply down a piece for nothing.

A marvelous petite combination based on the h8-mating focal point.

Mar-01-06  notyetagm: <A swinging rook ties down the enemy pawns to BLOCKING files so they cannot also DEFEND squares.>

In Janowski vs Samisch, 1925, the Black g7-pawn has to stay on the g-file, <BLOCKING> the g-file from the threat of ♖h3-g3. Hence it cannot also defend the h6-square (20 ♕h6!!).

In Alekhine vs K Sterk, 1921, the Black g7-pawn has to stay on the g-file, <BLOCKING> the g-file from the threat of ♖c4-g4. Hence it cannot also defend the f6-square (23 ♗f6!!).

In Karpov vs Salov, 1993, the Black h7-pawn has to stay on the h-file, <BLOCKING> the h-file from the threat of ♖f4-h4. Hence it cannot also defend the g6-square (33 ♕xg6!).

Mar-01-06  jamesmaskell: A beautiful finish from Karpov. It seems that <notyetagm> reads The Times too as I was just about to say...
Mar-02-06  notyetagm: <jamesmaskell> I like those Keene The Times daily problems. I can solve 90% of them; sometimes I miss one. I find them to be quite good for my level of chess comprehension.
Mar-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: *THE* *PAWN* *THAT* *PREVENTS* *MATE*

Karpov vs Salov, 1993 33 Qg3xNg6! deflects Black h7-pawn blocking line to loose h8-sq

Aug-12-10  fetonzio: jesus @#$%* christ. karpov is the man
Aug-12-10  rilkefan: What's the reasoning behind 7 Bd2? I see it clears c1, and is nice in case .. Nxc3 doubling the pawns is a problem, and .. Nxd2 effectively costs a tempo, but it removes a defender from d4 and, well, a bishop appears stronger than a knight here unless somehow the position gets closed. Anyway it's not a move that would occur to me (not that f4/g4/g5 would either).
Feb-29-12  Everett: Salov plays into a torpid Benoni structure with absolutely no pressure on the center and gets run over.
Jul-03-12  notyetagm: Karpov vs Salov, 1993

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33 ♕g3x♘g6! 1-0

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  Tabanus: This Rd. 1 game, scheduled for Feb-23, was postponed by two days because Karpov had "tonsilitis" (Jaque 350).
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