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Anatoly Karpov vs Wojciech Bartelski
Simul (2003), Warsaw, Apr-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Queen's Knight Variation (D31)  ·  1-0


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Jul-19-05  OneBadDog: On move 40, it looks like old Wojiciech had to bartelskidaddle before things got really bad!
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  tpstar: On move 39, after playing Rf1, White said "Whoa - check" and then things got really bad!
Jul-19-05  FinKing: I like Karpovīs positional chess.
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  OlimpBase: Yes, this ws hopeless. I think I started to suck at move 16th. Until then everything was OK. As I saw a dead-draw position I got so excited and lost a bit concentration. my plan was 27 Qe7 and 28 Rf8 but then I saw a sweeping 27 Rf6! which made my nerves shaterred. Anyway, great feeling to play Karpov.
Feb-01-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Interesting pawn formation on the d- and e-files. :) Nice game, and good effort by our fellow kibitzer <OlimpBase>.
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  Benzol: Suggestion for a title in <mack>'s collection, 'From Earth to Olympus'.
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  Honza Cervenka: Unfortunately for black, 27...Qg6 28.Qxg6 hxg6 is not tenable if white plays accurately.

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Being black's turn to move here (or if white would be as stupid as my Fritz 8 and would have played anything "clever" like 29.a3), he could have played simply 29...Rf8 with idea 30.Rxf8+ Kxf8 31.Kf2 g5! 32.hxg5 (32.h5 Kg8 33.Kg3 Kh7 34.Kh3 Kh6 35.Kg4 g6 36.hxg6 Kxg6 37.b3 Kh6 etc.) 32...g6 blocking kingside forever. Also 30.Rf4 Rxf4 31.exf4 gives white no chance to win here due to protected passed Pawn e4. Only white's chance to play to win seems to be leaving the f-file but it would not have been as efficient here as in the game because black King is not so terribly cramped by white Pawn on g6 and after 30.Rb1 immediate 30...g5 looks okay.

But white can play 29.Kh2! Then immediate 29...Rf8 loses for 30.Rxf8+ Kxf8 31.Kg3 g5 32.h5! Black can try 29...g5 with idea 30.hxg5(?) Rf8! Then 31.Rf4 Rxf4! as well as 31.Rxf8+ Kxf8 with next g6 (whether played by white or black it doesn't matter) lead nowhere (don't believe your stupid engine if it says that white is winning) and 31.Rb1!? Kh7! (31...Rf2? 32.g6 ) 32.b4 Rf2 or 32.Kg3 Rf5 gives black sufficient counter-play.

But the problem is that white can continue with 30.h5!

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Then white threatens with Kg3-g4xg5 and black King cannot move for Rf7. Qf course, 30...Rf8 loses. Black's only chance is attempt to het counter-play by 30...b6 but after 31.Rc1 Rb8 32.cxb6 Rxb6 33.b3 white has clear edge and he should win this Rook endgame.

Aug-30-06  madlydeeply: I wonder if Wojciech Bartelski is the polish version of the name John Bartleby.
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