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Anatoly Karpov vs Yifan Hou
Hou - Karpov Match (2018), Harbin CHN, rd 5, Feb-06
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  1-0
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Feb-06-18  posoo: not a good game.
Feb-06-18  Ulhumbrus: 14...Bb7 begins a plan to undermine White's d5 pawn by ...f5. The plan fails because Black's king gets exposed and that is too much for the d5 pawn. One alternative is 14...c4 followed by ...Nc5 and ...Bd7
Feb-07-18
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  ajk68: I haven't analyzed with a computer but 37...d5 violates good principle.

Okay... computer says it was already over...

Feb-08-18  RookFile: There are many reasons to play the Benoni but conceding the dark squares to white (notice the BOSS on c3) probably isn't one of them.
Feb-08-18  Robyn Hode: Playing the Benoni against Karpov, even an old Karpov, isn't the best of ideas.
Feb-08-18  JustAnotherMaster: was this a simul game?
Feb-15-18
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  ajile: There is a reason White usually plays 8.a4 after Black plays 8..a6. Most Benoni players only dream of being able to expand with ..b5 on the q-side this early in the opening.
Feb-15-18  Everett: <ajile: There is a reason White usually plays 8.a4 after Black plays 8..a6. Most Benoni players only dream of being able to expand with ..b5 on the q-side this early in the opening.>

I don't think it's so simple. Just as many Sicilian players do not prevent ...b5 out of the Najdorf, White often meets ...a6 and ..b5 with the simple a3, using only one tempo and doing other things at the board.

I used to play a4 automatically in such positions. Now I think about it.

Feb-22-18  MindBoggle: 8.h3, allowing b5, is a normal line.
- and a line very much in Karpovs style, in my opinion.
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