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Walter Browne vs Anatoly Karpov
Las Palmas (1977), Las Palmas ESP, rd 2, May-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Nimzowitsch Line (E18)  ·  0-1



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Nov-30-03  jacktheripper: sweeet
Nov-30-03  Benjamin Lau: Sadistic K + Q mate... And Browne was winning too. :-)
Dec-01-03  Catfriend: an interesting game, but Browne should win here - he deserved it!
Dec-01-03  druid: The losing move was 35. ♖b8+. Before that, Crafty was suggesting 35. ♕a8+ with an evaluation of +2.26, but after white moved the rook the evaluation immediately dropped to -6.83.
Mar-08-04  bumpmobile: 24. ♗xb6 was a pretty move.
Mar-30-05  RookFile: This game is pretty humorous because I'm sure Browne was in time trouble, while Karpov was playing at his
usual breakneck speed....
Apr-29-05  Caissanist: Browne was indeed in time trouble, although he didn't use that as an excuse. He simply said "I missed a win that I would usually see in a blitz game".
Dec-15-05  Bobwhoosta: <Caissanist>

In response to Browne's comment, it's a case of rapidly changing circumstances throwing a player off his game. If he had played the same game in blitz he would have no trouble, but suddenly reduced to blitz time controls (and Karpov not) would change any player's mentality (except perhaps Karpov, Kasparov, and Reshevsky ( who was known for that)).

May-22-07  jungle474: It's not 38...Qg4#. 39.RxQ fxg4 is mate.
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  chancho: You gotta feel sorry for Browne.
His propensity for getting into time trouble was fatal in this game.
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  harrylime: Browne went for it on 24.Bb6. I've just played this on Karpov's side in the 'guess the move' section. I got an 'outstanding' but it's odd playing thru Karpov's games as I am doing just now.. My prejudices are being relaxed somewhat lol

I'm finding out Karpov was a tenacious beast over the chessboard.

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  woldsmandriffield: Karpov lost the plot of this one. 19..Na6! followed by 21..Nb4 was a great Knight maneouvre but 22..Nc6 and then 25..Nb4? was too much and 26..Bc3? should have been punished by 27 Rxd5.

Las Palmas 1977 was a great event for Karpov (13.5/15, 12 wins & just 3 draws). This game was played in round 2 and the outcome maybe signaled that everything would go his way in this tournament.

Oct-24-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 35 Qa8+ Kf7

36 Qa7+ Ke8

37 Rb8+ Rd8

38 Qa4+ Ke7

39 Qb4+ Ke8

40 Rxd8+ Kxd8

41 Qf8+ Qe8

42 Qxe8+ Kxe8

and black cannot stop the pawns

36 ... Kf6

37 Rb6+ Ke5

38 Qe7+ Kd4

39 Qb4+

followed shortly by mate on f4 or b4

Oct-24-21  Granny O Doul: Karpov's attack with the king was preminiscent of game #17 vs. Korchnoi a year later.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: As somebody once said, the good player is always lucky.

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