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Anatoly Karpov vs Yuri Balashov
URS Team Cup (1980), Rostov-on-Don URS
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1



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Jun-30-05  Whitehat1963: A sitting champion loses as white in a long and excellent battle. Where did Karpov go wrong?
Jun-30-05  micartouse: <Where did Karpov go wrong?> Good question. I'm not sure where Karpov developed a worse position overall ...

However, his last move 85. Qf1 was apparently a mistake since he removes his queen from the area where she can give perpetual. He must have thought he was preventing ... f5. I don't blame him, what a tough position.

Maybe he could have drawn it otherwise.

Jun-30-05  aw1988: 85. Kh2!, while brilliantly daring might just be the drawing move.
Jun-30-05  micartouse: <aw1988> Good plan. :) I was analyzing 85. gxh6+, but I couldn't find a draw.
Apr-01-07  Resignation Trap: Karpov missed his chance to draw with 77.Qd5? Instead he should try 77.Rg1! and if 77...Qxg1 78.Qxf7+! with an inevitable stalemate.
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  wordfunph: "Friends are friends...but business is business! Yuri Balashov and I have been good friends ever since we played in junior competitions together. Nevertheless, each time we meet at the board a fierce battle ensues."

- Anatoly Karpov (referring to this game)

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  perfidious: The position before the final move of this mighty clash could easily be a PotD.

This game serves as an object example of how very difficult it was to defeat Karpov in his prime: he typically lost no more than two or three tournament games per year in that phase of his career.

Mar-12-16  cunctatorg: Well, this game is one for which Yuri Balashov should be pretty proud!! It is a pity that's such "a fierce battle", in between tactics and the hard chapter of positional play, named by Nimzowitsch "maneuvering against weaknesses", is not widely known or even famous!!

By the way, it seems to me that Anatoly Karpov was in his prime from ... 1972 until ... 1996 ... or 1998?!?

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