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Vladimir Kramnik vs Anatoly Karpov
Siemens Giants (1999) (rapid), Frankfurt, rd 3, Jun-29
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1-0


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Nov-08-06  dukesterdog2: I chose 20. Nf5 ... right idea, wrong move order. Oh well, better luck next time.
Nov-08-06  mgracian: 20 Nf5 works too, but Bxg7+ is better
Nov-08-06  agb: I agree with Ger7ry; the time control is nearly as important as the date.
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  thegoodanarchist: Rapid or not, it is amazing to me that Karpov overlooked this tactic.
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  keypusher: <thegoodanarchist. He may not have overlooked the tactic; it may have been 23. Qe2 he overlooked.
Nov-08-06  who: I chose 20.Nf5 as well which transposes.
Nov-08-06  Rubenus: I saw it immediatly! I didn't see Qe2, but it is too easy for a Wednesday puzzle.
Nov-08-06  lopium: I saw it, but didn´t calculated more than the Queen´s capture. I love puzzles!
Nov-08-06  Marco65: <dzechiel> <Got this one all the way through 26...Rd8> Most missed 23.Qe2 and you got 3 moves further? Hey what's the Fide ELO equivalent of that ~1900 rating I see in your profile? 2500?
Nov-08-06  Fisheremon: <shintaro go: How could Karpov miss 15.d6? The game was practically decided after move 15. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this game by Kramnik; well-known for punishing opponent's mistakes very harshly.>

As usual in the lost games by Karpov it's difficult to see where did he make a blunder. This game is not an exception too. Black's plan for equalizing in the opening with b4-bxc3 seemed alright, even after 15. d6 (you may try to analyse worse moves 14...Nxd5, 14...exd5 to be convinced). It turned out that the blunder was 19...Nc4, after the combo immediately follows. The right move must be 19...f6, even so you have to work a bit more in order to equalize the game.

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  keypusher: <Rubenus: I saw it immediatly! I didn't see Qe2, but it is too easy for a Wednesday puzzle.>

If you didn't see Qe2, you didn't solve the puzzle. So maybe it isn't too easy.

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  YouRang: Yeah, you have to see this through to 23. Qe2, otherwise all you've done is gained a Q+P for a R+B+N, which is hardly winning. But forking the 2 black knights with 23. Qe2 makes it all worthwhile.
Nov-08-06  Minty: I love combinations like this, where the sting is in the tail. After seeing through to 22... Nxe7, I had all but given up on this line, as it didn't seem to win anything.

I briefly thought I had it with 23. Qg4+ to win the c4 knight, then I remembered the pawn is now on f5.

23. Qe2 took about 10 minutes longer to find, so I'm not sure I'd have played this in a game; I'd have given up and gone for something else before finding it. One of those I only found, because I knew it was there to be found.

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  playground player: Finally, after all these tries, I've solved a Kramnik puzzle! For some reason, the man's methods usually elude me. Maybe it's because I spend too much time in the 19th century. But that's where I find the art in chess.
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  kevin86: I missed again! My try was 20 ♘xe6+ black must take with the pawn and after Qf3+ I don't see much.

I guess President Bush and the Republicans aren't the only ones with a bad week and with bad guesses.

Nov-08-06  Cannon Fodder: It took me precisely six nanoseconds to see it. By "it," of course, I mean the fact that I would not see something which Anatoli Karpov missed.
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  beenthere240: Its very hard unless you can actually "see" (mentally) the changes on the board when you're analyzing. When I tied to work this out just by looking at the puzzle, I couldn't get past 22...Nxe7. Where I've given up B+N+R for P + Q. It seemed likely that the bishop sac was the first move, but the followup was far from obvious at move 20. (at least for me).
Nov-08-06  lvlaple: I suppose you need the knight fork for this one.
Nov-08-06  greensfield: This was an amusing one for a Wednesday. The first move 20. stood out like a sore thumb, and the next three followed like Lemmings falling off a cliff. So we have fork, followed by fork, Queen for a Rook, followed by fork!
Nov-08-06  dabearsrock1010: Qe2 is essential to see otherwise a rook and two minors are too much to give for a queen
Nov-08-06  Fisheremon: <dukesterdog2><mgracian><who: I chose 20.Nf5 as well which transposes>

20. Nf5 is quite beautiful with a variety of variations: 20...Qg5, 20...Nf6.

Mar-04-07  avramesh: 7. Bb3 can be backtracked to the early sixties, when it was played in the Varna Olympiad of 1962. The idea behind the move is to anticipate Black's advance, b7-b5. This would attack the bishop if it had remained on c4. After 7. Bb3 b5, the Bishop is not attacked and White can hit back with 8. a4. World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik adopted it in game 20 of his 1963 World Championship Match with Tigran Petrosian. But he got nothing out of the opening and the move was promptly forgotten.

The move 7. Bb3 resurfaced again in the late 1990's, with some new improvements for White. The latest idea, the cutting edge of opening theory, is the pawn sacrifice, d4-d5, introduced by Kasparov several months earlier (Kasparov-Ivanchuk, Wijk aan Zee 1999). It's been causing Black fits ever since.

Here, in game #7, Karpov gets hit with 12. d4-d5, the same pawn sacrifice, in a slightly different setting. This thrust would be difficult to counter successfully even in a standard tournament game, but in a rapid game, with only twenty-five minutes per player, it's practically impossible. The upshot is that Black never really gets out of the opening. Forced to move his king early on, 13...Ke8-f8, Karpov has to stand by, watching White's initiative grow move by move. At move twenty (20. Bxg7+) Kramnik initiates a combination to win Black's queen. True, he has to give rook and two minor pieces, but his 23rd move, (23. Qe2), forks both Black knights and leaves him materially ahead.

With a winning position, Kramnik's plan to convert his advantage is simplicity itself. He just marches his queen-rook pawn up the board. Desperately, Karpov tries to work up an attack on White's king, but there's nothing there. When the White pawn arrives on a6, Karpov acknowledges the inevitable and gives the game up, having been outplayed by the young Kramnik.

Mar-17-07  Octavia: well done, <avramesh> you copied the final remarks of the chessmaster CD & pasted it here for us all to share! You could have acknowledged the source! Once again CM9000 excelled itself by showing all the variations & tricks lurking behind the game. It's actually game #3, not 7 as CM claims.
Mar-17-14  paramount: GOTD!!
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  ChessCoachClark: This game was included in LEARN CHESS TACTICS by John Nunn, Chapter 1, Fork.
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