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Viswanathan Anand vs Anatoly Karpov
Melody Amber Blind 3rd (1994) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 3, Mar-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation Main Line (B17)  ·  0-1



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Mar-11-05  capanegra: Very nice finish, which pulls down the dogma that Bishop and Rook Pawn of different queening square NEVER win. It should have ended in a draw though. Anand spoiled it with 70.♔f4??, but lets admit that it was not very easy to find the beautiful 76…♗h2!
Mar-11-05  Karpova: really superb endgame play by karpov.
Mar-11-05  RookFile: I think it may be too harsh to give
70. Kf4 a double question mark. I guess you're right that white could have shuffled the bishop between a4 and e8. If black ever plays.... g5
then white swaps pawns and only needs
to give up the bishop for the f pawn
to draw.

But after 70. Kf4 Bxh4 71. Bxf5, I was
absolutely shocked to see 71.... Bg3+.
71... g5+ looks far more normal. But,
my guess is, two pawns down, White
draws anyway, in a style similar to
Fischer's famous save in the game:

E Walther vs Fischer, 1959

I can certainly not blame Anand, in
a blindfold game, for not seeing
71.... Bg3+ and all the consequences
of that move!

Oct-01-05  rjsolcruz: i cannot believe that this is a blindfold game! does this show the real capability of gm's, to play blindfold in such a high level?
Dec-04-07  woodenbishop: Incredible blindfold chess by Karpov. Wonderful game!
Dec-04-07  M.D. Wilson: Yes indeed! 1994 was an all round great year for Anatoli.

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