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Anatoly Karpov vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Donostia Chess Festival (2009), Donostia ESP, rd 8, Jul-15
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1


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Jul-15-09  percyblakeney: Kasim seems to shuffle the pieces back and forth a bit, waiting for a mistake, and it came with 31. g3. If Karpov takes the bishop Rxd4 will follow anyway, and then exd4 is mate in three with Qxd4+.
Jul-15-09  Marmot PFL: Karpov is playing like a 2150 level.
Jul-16-09  Whitehat1963: So, what's the finish? Seriously.
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  Gilmoy: Well, White's R must move, it can't defend d3, and f4 is untouchable because of the fork. So Black is queening, e.g. 63.Ra8 e3+ 64.Ke1 Nd3+ 65.K(c1,f1) e2+, or 64.Kf1 e2+ 65.K(e1,f2) Nd3+, or 64.Kg1 e2 65.Ra1 Nd3 66.<any> f2.
Jul-16-09  AnalyzeThis: Fischer's games from 1992 look pretty good compared to efforts like this from Karpov.
Jul-16-09  kurtrichards: What happened to Karpov? He has only +0-7=2 to show. Is he tired or something?
Jul-16-09  akapovsky: It's only a matter of time before karpov starts playing like Bent Larsen(2008)apperently.
Jul-17-09  Whitehat1963: Gilmoy, thanks. My blindness prevented me from seeing that 63. Rxf4?? gives away the rook! I HATE defending against knight forks!
Jul-17-09  kurtrichards: +0-6=3 rather.
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  Richard Taylor: Karpov is old, and as one ages ability such as chess declines. He used to be a very good rapid player also. He could retire and write books - but I imagine he still loves chess. It must be hard to decide. Maybe he doesn't mind losing games. It is sad as he was surely one of the greatest players ever.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Fischer's games from 1992 look pretty good compared to efforts like this from Karpov.> Well, everybody can have a bad tournament. In 1992 Fischer was definitely more focused on his match with Spassky, probably with long and intense preparation for it, than Karpov for this event.
Jul-21-09  Astardis: < AnalyzeThis: Fischer's games from 1992 look pretty good compared to efforts like this from Karpov. > And let's face it, he was playing Spassky. A guy who didn't get tournament invitations anymore because he was a notorious draw seeker. Not exactly someone to be compared with the likes of Kasimdzhanov et. al.
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