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Alexey Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov
Vienna Millenium (1996), Vienna AUT, rd 9, Aug-17
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1


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May-07-08  Alphastar: 13. ... ? black to move, monday level puzzle.

Bxf2+ wins a pawn.

Aug-18-08  ToTheDeath: Pretty terrible chess. This was a last round game, so I guess some of the mutual blunders can be explained by nerves and time pressure.

13.Bxc4 allows the nice tactical shot 13...Bxf2+! and White is now worse. But then 17...f6? (17...Rd8 18.Rf1 Rd2! , Karpov missed this last move in both the game and in analysis afterwards) and 18...Kf7? throw away Black's advantage.

29. c5! would be much better for White, while 32.Bxg6? ruins any advantage White has.

39...h5?? allows a draw, 39...Ra2! wins.

Instead of 40.Rd1?? 40. c7 should draw.

It's funny to watch the tape series Karpov's Best Games (vol. 3) where all this is glossed over by Karpov and Ron Henley as they discuss the game. This definitely doesn't belong in any best game collection.

Aug-18-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Well I think we can leave it to Karpov to decide which of HIS games he considers HIS BEST.

17...f6 is IMO a sound strategic move, it will have to be played sooner or later anyway. 17...Rd8 is an interesting possibility, but then so is 17...f4 it seems to be a question of style only.

32. Bxg6 does seem like an odd move considering white should be trying to promote c pawn and he has good bishop scope, but interestingly it is my chess computer's preferred move lol

33...Rhe8 is a good move and squashes the last of white's advantage.

I like the way Karpov doesn't even bother to pick up the c-pawn and plays 37...h6

39...h5 does seem to allow the draw, must have been bad time trouble for Karpov and Shirov at this stage though.

how would this actually finish then? Looks like white can't stop promotion on f1 I guess?

Aug-18-08  ToTheDeath: I think Karpov included it because it shows his fighting qualities- he needed a win to share first.

In the final position the White king is boxed in and the c pawn is lost- the rook cant leave the back rank because of mate threats, ...g3 and Ra2 etc. So if the rook checks Black can just bring his king in and play ...f3.

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