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Viswanathan Anand vs Anatoly Karpov
Candidates Match (1991), Brussels BEL, rd 1, Aug-11
Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation (B10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-13-11  fixingguru: interesting game. Karpov plays the first phase of the game excellently, wins a pawn and gets what is probably winning position but lets the win slip somewhere.

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in this position he played 59...Bf5 which allows Anand to escape with 60.Bb6! IMO, 59...Kf5 instead should be winning.

Oct-18-16  Howard: One suspects that Karpov missed a forced win in this game, despite the opposite-color bishops.
Oct-19-17  Howard: Just looked at Kasparov's MGP last night---he states that 59...Kf5 followed by Ke4 would have "won easily".

The Informant, on the other hand, merely states that that maneuver would have given Black a small advantage.

We'll let Houdini settle it...

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  offramp: Here is Stockfish's opinion.

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59... Kf5!▢ -+
60. Bf2 Ke4
61. Rh1 Rf6

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62. Rh4+ Kf3
63. Be1 Be4
64. Rh8 Kg2
65. Re8 Kf1
66. Bc3 Rf2!

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67. Kc1 Rf4
68. Kb2 Bf5
69. Kb3 Re4
70. Rxe4 Bxe4
71. Ka3 e1=Q
72. Bxe1 Kxe1

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73. Kb3 Kd2 74. Kc4 74... Bc2 75. Kd5 Bxa4 76. Kc6 Kc3 77. Kxb6 Kb4 which wins b-pawn and clears the way for the a-pawn to promote.

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White could also have tried

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74. Ka3 Bc2
75. Ka2 Bxa4
76. Ka3 Bxb5

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...which is an obvious win.

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