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Anatoly Karpov vs Eric Lobron
Match (active), Walldorf (Germany) (1997), Walldorf GER, rd 1, Dec-05
Blumenfeld Countergambit: Accepted (E10)  ·  1-0


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Feb-12-03  skakmiv: I don't understand 17.Nxc5??
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  Sneaky: I guess Karpov didn't understand it either since he just took the piece and got a fine game.

But Lobron is no slouch, he must have been thinking something. My guess is that he figured that in addition to the pawn, he would also gain the exchange since after ...Bb6 the rook cannot move in light of ...Bxf2+ and ...e3. He hoped that he could stir things up in the complications that would ensue, but in the end it was Karpov who had all of the initiative.

Feb-12-03  Spitecheck: Yeah, Karpov's a bit weak on the dark squares, don't forget the time limit as well (active)......better to create dubious problems for your opponent then none at all. That way his clock ticks, not yours. If you note also the number of loose pieces that Karpov had on the board during the game, could be that Lobron saw something that just evaporated through tactics that were one more accurate move deeper.

The fact that the game ended in checkmate indicates that Lobron was just throwing the pieces around in the end.

Feb-12-03  Spitecheck: Aside from that, can someone tell me why not 19...Qe7 (fork) instead of Nf4 in the game. Sorry if I'm missing something obv. There appears to be an antidote anyhows.
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  Sneaky: <active chess> Oh I didn't see that! That's explains a lot. Anyhow 19...Qe7 looks like a great shot. There's something about those queen forks the diagonals that is very easy to overlook. It's possible that in the comfort of your home you've spotted a tactic that a GM missed in a time scramble.
Feb-12-03  Spitecheck: I don't think he missed it, I think he played for it and than on reanalysis he found there was an unexpected antidote, for either 18.....Qe7 or 19. ...Qe7. There is also a very rough idea of 18.....g5?! for Black as the Knight on the h4 has no squares, he may have been playing for either.......Black's problem however in taking advantage of either the Rook on c5 or the Knight on h4 is that he is down in material already.

However, after 19....Qe7 , white perhaps has to make something of black's "weakness" (one could argue it's his strength) on d5 and the a2-g8 diagonal.

Maybe Deep Junior has the answers LOL...

Feb-12-03  drukenknight: hmm what about: 21...Bc8?

I like that Qe7 move.

Feb-12-03  Spitecheck: Putting the question to Crafty LOL, it says that it would have played 19...Qe7 and as expected white should respond Rc4 etc etc, but it's still healthy advantage for white either way:). The game continuation however simply loses.
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