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Miguel Illescas Cordoba vs Anatoly Karpov
Dos Hermanas (1999), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 6, Apr-13
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0

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May-23-12
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  plang: Tllescas was surprised by 4..Bf5 as Karpov was one of the main exponents of 4..Nd7 and rarely strayed from his "pet" lines. A couple of months earlier at Linares Leko played 12..Be7 against Adams (White won). In another game from Linares Anand had played 17 Rhg1 against Ivanchuk but this had proven to be too slow and Black equalized without difficulty. Illescas' 17 g4! was an improvement that cast doubt on Black's setup. With 19 Nf4! Illescas was prepared to respond to 19..g6 with 20 Rhg1 and if 290..c5? then 21 Nxh5..gxh 22 Rxg4 wins so Karpov instead sacrificed a piece to kill the attack. Both Illescas and Karpov assumed that 27..e3! 28 Qd3..Qxd3 29 cxd was winning for White but it turns out that after 29..g5! 30 hxg..h4 31 Kc2..Nf2! 32 Bxe3..h3 33 Ne2..h2 34 Ng3..h1Q 35 Nxh1..Nxh1 36 Bxa7..Kg6 37 Be3..Ng3 38 Kc3..Nf5 39 Bd2..f6 40 gxf..Kxf6 the ending is drawn. Instead, after 27..Ne5? 28 Qe7 White had a solid edge. Karpov had only 20 seconds for his 40th move and gave away a pawn with 40..h2?; after the stronger 40..e2 41 Bd2..Qg2 42 b7..h2 43 Qh4+..Kg6 44 b8Q..h1Q 45 Qe1! the blockade on e1 should still ensure the White win. Quicker would have been 47 Qe8+..Kg7 48 Qe7+..Kg6 49 Qxf6+..Qxf6 50 Bxf6..Kxf6 51 Kc1 with a winning pawn ending.

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