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Alexey Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov
"Gently Down the Board" (game of the day Apr-08-2015)
Melody Amber Rapid 5th (1996), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 7, Apr-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Botvinnik-Carls Defense (B12)  ·  0-1


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Dec-12-05  slapwa: 85 ..., Kb6 then 86. Ra8 makes Black spend a move (86. ..., Kb7) preventing Rb8+. 85 ..., Kb8 is the move. No more tricks.
Nov-17-06  notyetagm: Absolutely amazing: Karpov wins this endgame against a fellow top GM.

Position after 40 ... ♖xc5:

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Nov-17-06  notyetagm: This game clearly shows you why Karpov avoided the Sicilian: when you can win endgames with this kind of exquisite technique, why play an opening in which it is quite likely that you will be squashed in under 30 moves?
Nov-17-06  Lt. Col. Majid: <notyetagm:> Karpov used to play the Sicilian. He played it against Short in their 92 (93?) match if I remember well. I remember that loss very well.
Nov-17-06  Albertan: <Lt. Col. Majid: <notyetagm:> Karpov used to play the Sicilian. He played it against Short in their 92 (93?) match if I remember well. I remember that loss very well.>

Karpov played the Sicilian because he was losing the match and had to win with Black in the last game to force a playoff. In the other games of the match in which Short played 1.e4, Karpov either played the Caro-Kann Defense or the Black side of the Ruy Lopez.Karpov has favoured playing the Caro-Kann, Petroff's Defense or the Black side of the Ruy Lopez in his career when his opponent has started the game 1.e4. Up until 2002 in my database Karpov had played the Sicilian Defense in 81 games and had this record: 36 wins,37 draws and 8 losses.

In the database (up to 1994) Karpov has played the Sicilian Defense in 88 games,winning 40 games, drawing 40 games and losing 8 games.

Feb-12-07  Billy Ray Valentine: So at what point does White lose this game?

It would seem that with all the pawns being on one side of the board, White should have been able to draw this Rook and Pawn endgame.

Feb-12-07  Billy Ray Valentine: Is 78. Kf1 the losing move?

It would seem to me that if white had played 78. Ra1 and followed up with Kf1 and Kg1 that it would be impossible for black to make any progress--white would just keep his King on g1 and the rook on the 1st rank. Am I missing something?

Oct-25-08  TheWizardfromHarlem: is protecting the pawn with 36...Kg6 endgame theory? is that somehow stronger than protecting it with the other pawn seems like that was a mistake because from moves 46-57 he fought to get behind his pawns best guess is it could be to protect from checks.. are there any endgame specialists out there who can answer this??
Oct-25-08  Woody Wood Pusher: 36..Kg6 activates the king and removes the threat of checks on the seventh rank.

After 41.Rd7 if the king is still on f7 and pawns f6-g6-h5 white gets counter play by forcing the black king away and playing Rg7 -Rh7

Karpov has time to cramp up the white pawns with p-h4 before his king comes under checks again.

It just enables him to set up p-f5-g5-h4 more easily, after which he exerts a lot of pressure on white.

It is probably still a draw until 74.hxg4 though.

Aug-11-09  Bennie: what happens after 76. Rh5?
how would black defend the pawn?
Aug-11-09  A Karpov Fan: what a super strong endgame!! :-)
Jul-05-14  MountainMatt: Classic Karpov. Who else could squeeze a win out of this endgame? Only two names come immediately to mind, both starting with C...
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  perfidious: Corchnoi was not bad in the ending, either.

It should be noted, regarding <Albertan>'s comments, that the 1994 games involving Karpov as Black in the Sicilian were mostly from the thematic event held to honour Polugaevsky's contributions to the theory of that opening, in which the players were obliged to play Open Sicilians in every game.

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  offramp: Shirov's play in this game was NOT fofessional.
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  morfishine: I don't know whats more astounding: Karpov's airtight technique or the fact he did it blindfold


Apr-08-15  HeMateMe: why do you think it was a blindfold game? The title here says "Amber Rapid."
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  gars: <perfidious> Your remark about the ending is brilliant! But who could be the second C MountainMatt talks about? One is Capablanca, of course, but who is the other?
Apr-08-15  pedro99: Carlsen of course
Apr-08-15  shivasuri4: <gars>, I think it's Carlsen, the modern endgame machine.
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  russianbluecat: Does anyone know how Black makes progress after 78. Ra1 instead of the move played?

<Billy Ray Valentine: Is 78. Kf1 the losing move? It would seem to me that if white had played 78. Ra1 and followed up with Kf1 and Kg1 that it would be impossible for black to make any progress--white would just keep his King on g1 and the rook on the 1st rank. Am I missing something?>

Apr-08-15  mruknowwho: Wouldn't it have been a little better to play 76. Rh5 instead of 76. Ra2?
Apr-08-15  Nerwal: 76. ♖h5 loses similarly to the game after 76... ♖d2+ 77. ♔g1 ♔f4! 78. ♖a5 (78. ♖xh4 ♔g3) ♖d1+ 79. ♔f2 g3+ 80. ♔e2 h3!! 81. gxh3 g2 .
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  morfishine: <HeMateMe> Sorry, my mistake: I've been conditioned to think all Amber games are blindfold
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  gars: <pedro99>, <shivasuri4>, thank you very much. A typical mistake by the old man I am.
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  kevin86: It looked like a draw but the ex-champ pulled it out.
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