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Bartlomiej Macieja vs Anatoly Karpov
"Return to the Romantic Era" (game of the day Aug-23-2018)
PlusGSM Rapid Match (2003) (rapid), Warsaw POL, rd 8, Apr-10
King's Gambit: Accepted. Mason-Keres Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1
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May-02-03  Ashley: I assume that GM Karpov was trying to steer this into the Russian Game.
May-02-03  ksadler: ? How's that....unless I am misunderstanding you...the Russian Game is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6
Jan-11-05
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  InspiredByMorphy: Karpovs play is so quiet, yet precisely effective. He is the epitomy of the type of person you dont want to play the Kings gambit against. He simply gave back the pawn and built his position until the moment was right. 41.Rf2? loses almost instantly. 41.Qg2 would have been a good continuation instead.
Jan-11-05  Knezh: After 41. Qg2 Karpov probably intended to follow up with 41. ..Re3 and Rg3 winning shortly.
Jan-11-05
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I was thinking the same thing, but white might be able to hang on after 42.Bf3.
Aug-23-18
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  Phony Benoni: This game resembles very little from the Romantic Era except <The Sorrows of Young Werther.>
Aug-23-18
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Had I the Black pieces after 28.Qc2, and anyone offered me a draw, I would have taken it. It amazes me that Karpov found a win.
Aug-23-18
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  OrangeTulip: Good Morning indeed. I had the same feeling. White must have felt he survived against Karpov. No cloud in the sky
Aug-23-18
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  Honza Cervenka: Macieja was apparently inspired by Steinitz in the opening, and he got quite reasonable and comfortable game from that, but later Karpov just outplayed him from an equal position.
Aug-23-18  Isilimela: "He simply gave back the pawn". Computer analysis indicates he should have defended his pawn with 6. g5. By move 9 it's showing white at +1.7 and recommends the following line instead of 10. Bxh6:

10. h3 Nd7 11. Bd3 f5 12 Neg5 Bd6 13. Kf2! 0-0 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 14 Re1 Nf6 15. Re1 Nf6 16 c3 Nf7 +1.9 (Stockfish on lichess.org)

Like Carlsen, Karpov was very good at conjuring up wins from even positions!

Aug-23-18
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  perfidious: It is not so clear to me that the middlegame with opposite coloured bishops is level; Black will have attacking chances due to that missing f-pawn. The finish is an object example of Botvinnik's adage that, in these types of positions, the player who is attacking is virtually a piece ahead.
Aug-23-18
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  Honza Cervenka: 6...g5 7.Kf2 d6 8.h4 g4 (8...h6?! 9.Bc4) 9.Ng1 f5 would be a more thematic and challenging continuation.
Aug-23-18
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  Korora: I've been exploring 42.♖g2, seeming (to my patzer mind, anyway) to disarm the immediate mate threat. But every line I've been able to find with that means mate and/or material loss for Macieja.
Aug-23-18
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  sfm: For some time it looks like nothing is happenning. Then after 39.-,Bc7 is is clear that Hell has broken loose and the b1-h2 diagonal is murder. And White happily gave black the e-file so his rook now can join. That was a big mistake.

"Bishops running on opposite coloured squares favors the attacker" is an old rule of thumb. The poor white bishop is out of the game.

Aug-23-18
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  Honza Cervenka: 42.Rg2 Re1+ 43.Qxe1 Qxe1+ 44.Rg1 Qf2 45.Rg2 (or 45.Bg2 Qg3 with mate in next move) 45...Qf1+ 46.Rg1 Qxh3#
Aug-23-18  Autoreparaturwerkbau: THE MEANING OF OPEN FILES

Abandoning open e-file for no reason in black's hands at move 37 was the sole reason for Macieja's downfall.

Any sensible move, say 37.Re1 would hold the position just fine. Instead white plays 37.Qg4? which has no real purpose.

White could still equalise and reconquer e-file a move later with 38.Re1, but he opted it out for 38.Qd1?

From here on black utilised B-Q battery together with rook's free ride on e-file and game was over mere 4 moves later.

Aug-27-18
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  Korora: <Any sensible move, say 37.Re1 would hold the position just fine. Instead white plays 37.Qg4? which has no real purpose.

White could still equalise and reconquer e-file a move later with 38.Re1, but he opted it out for 38.Qd1?> Time panic?

Aug-28-18  Nerwal: After 37. ♖e1 Black can still play ♕c5 and on 38. ♕e3 (to prevent ♕d4-f4), 38... ♕b4 or 38... ♕a3. White made a bad positional mistake by weakening the dark squares around his king with 31. h3 in an opposite colored bishops scenario, and after that he constantly runs into problems. There is no easy way to full equality even if the position is objectively drawn.
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