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Andras Adorjan vs Anatoly Karpov
6th Niemeyer prel (1967), Groningen NED, rd 3, Dec-28
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. Alapin Gambit (C69)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  TheAlchemist: Another spectacular prearranged draw (like, e.g. I Zaitsev vs Karpov, 1966)

If white doesn't take the queen, but tries to play for the win with 10.Nxg4?, then black is maybe even better after 10...Nf6! 11.Nxf6 gxf6. The open g- and h-files spell disaster for white. Now there are a few possibilities:

12.f3 Bc5 13.Rf2 O-O-O 14.b4 Ba7 15.Na3 (15.Bb2 Qe3! 16.d4 Rh1! 17.Kxh1 Qxf2) Rh7!

12.g3 Bxg3!

12.e5 O-O-O 13.exd6?
(better is 13.Re1 Rdg8! 14.Re3 Qh7 15.Kf1 Qh1 16.Ke2 Qxg2 and I think that after 17.Qc2 it's a draw: 17...Rh1 18.Qf5 Kb8 19.exd6 Qf1 20.Kf3 Qg2 21.Ke2 etc.) Rdg8! 14.f3 Qh7 15.Re1 (15.Qe2 Qh2) Rxg2! 16.Kxg2 Qh2 17.Ke1 Rg8!

Maybe in the last line black can try 12...Bc5, but it also looks drawish after 13.Re1 Qh7 14.Kf1 Qd3 etc.

I'm not sure that all of this is accurate, but it seems that after 10...Nf6 black has good chances, white must find a lot of "only" moves to save himself.

So white had to take the draw, which was prearranged anyway, but we must admit, it's nonetheless nice.

Nov-05-06  Karpova: What kind of proof do you have, <Alchemist>, other than the game's spectacular outcome?
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  TheAlchemist: I guess I picked it up here:, although I now read that it doesn't say explicitly that it was prearranged, so I could be wrong. It does say that this variation was already shown by Fischer before, maybe that led me to believe it was prearranged. Also, the list of players who played it more than once, must have led me into thinking that too. Now I'm starting to doubt it. Sorry for the confusion, it wasn't intentional.
Mar-24-07  Helios727: My Karpov book lists this opponent only by the last name of "Jocha" and does not even list Adorjan as being part of this tournament.
Mar-24-07  Resignation Trap: <Helios727> "Jocha" was Adorjan's original name.
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  Eggman: If this game was not prearranged then it stands as a perfect example of the difference between a short draw and a premature draw, and the fact that a short draw can conceivably be legitimate.
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: what a great draw!
Mar-07-09  WhiteRook48: 9...Bd6!! is a great drawing method
Jun-08-09  furrer: TheAlchemist according to karpovs book called the miniatures of wc's or something like that I Zaitsev vs Karpov, 1966 wasnt prearranged at all.
Aug-30-10  apexin: well, i wouldt call it great (because players well still in the opening, something like this could easily be prepared), but a good game by karpov nonetheless.
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  FSR: Chessgames' database unaccountably features no games with 5...b6!!, preparing to develop the bishop on h3. To wit, I present the following magnificent partie:

[Event "Niedersachsen-ch U10"]
[Site "Rotenburg"]
[Date "2013.03.25"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Santos, Felipe"]
[Black "Kobrin, Daniel"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C68"]
[BlackElo "744"]
[PlyCount "70"]
[EventDate "2013.03.23"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2014.11.20"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O b6 6. Nxe5 Qg5! 7. d4 Bh3!! 8. Bxg5 Be6 9. Nc3 f6 10. Nf3 fxg5 11. Nxg5 Bd7 12. Qh5+ g6 13. Qg4 Bxg4 14. d5 cxd5 15. Nxd5 O-O-O 16. Rad1 Ne7 17. Nxe7+ Bxe7 18. Rxd8+ Rxd8 19. Nxh7 Bd1 20. e5 a5 21. c3 g5 22. Nxg5 Bxg5 23. e6 Rd6 24. Re1 Kd8 25. e7+ Bxe7 26. Kf1 Bg5 27. Re4 Bh5 28. Re1 Bd2 29. Re4 Bg6 30. Re5 Bd3+ 31. Kg1 b5 32. Rh5 Be2 33. Re5 Bf4 34. Rxe2 Rd1+ 35. Re1 Rxe1# 0-1

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