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Joel Lautier vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-23
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  0-1


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Mar-12-06  Brown: 41...Ndxf4! and it's fork city after 42.gxf4 Bxf3 43.Bxf3 Nxd4 and Nxf3+
Sep-20-06  aw1988: I'm sorry but doesn't Ndxf4 simply win a pawn? After 43...Nxd4 in your line White plays 44. Rc3 and then what?
Nov-07-06  notyetagm: <aw1988: I'm sorry but doesn't Ndxf4 simply win a pawn? After 43...Nxd4 in your line White plays 44. Rc3 and then what?>

Position after 44 ♖c3:

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Then comes 44 ... ♘xf3+ 45 ♖xf3 ♖e2+, the Black e2-rook <FORKING> the White h2-king and the undefended White d2-bishop.

Position after 45 ... ♖e2+:

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After 46 ... ♖x♗, Black has won not one but -two- pawns.

The undefended White dark-squared d2-bishop lined up with the White h2-king along the second rank allows the <sting in the tail> 45 ... ♖e2+ and 46 ... ♖x♗.

Nov-07-06  aw1988: But then White has chances to hold, much better than in the game.
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  Jim Bartle: This recurring habit of Karpov of moving all his pieces back to the first and second rank (such as on move 19 here) is just amazing, especially as he wins with it.
Apr-16-09  WhiteRook48: 49. Rd3??
Oct-12-09  Jason Frost: <WhiteRook48> It's over either way. If the rook leaves the 3d rank NxB and Ra3+ wins
Aug-10-11  Rama: Why go through all that? 42. gxf4 Bxc6, wins a pawn and the exchange.
Jan-03-16  SpiritedReposte: I bet Karpov has the hardest games for guess the move...just an exemplary game from him here.
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  perfidious: One opponent in this signature victory not 'softened up' by facing Kasparov the day before.
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