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Anatoly Karpov vs Artur Yusupov
Hofmann Cup (1995), Baden-Baden GER, rd 6, Aug-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D56)  ·  1-0


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Mar-03-07  Brown: Why does Yusupov insist on playing endgames with Karpov?
Jun-23-08  arnaud1959: Sooooo many of us would play 23.b3 to protect the b pawn and to attack the c pawn but Karpov plays 23.Qe2! and you see it's meaning on move 28!
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  zanzibar: Interesting and subtle - going over the game with an engine I think the position at move 31 is key.

Yusupov played 31...Rxc5, which just allows White the more active rook. (He also wasted a tempo with the ...Kf8 ...Kg7 maneuver).

If instead, 31...Rxb2, Black leaves both rooks on the board, so if 32 Rxe5 (as engine recommends) then 32 ...exd5 fixes White's central pawns. And if 32 e4? then 32 ...Rxd5 33 Rxd5 Rb3!

The Black pawn on d5 is important in allowing the Black king to enter the game via the center.

I'm not entirely sure what the take home lesson is, but I am convinced that it's a good example to learn from.

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