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Anatoly Karpov vs Christopher Lutz
Dortmund Sparkassen (1994), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-18
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Reynolds' Variation (D48)  ·  1-0



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Apr-25-03  playshogi: Did Karpov really conclude this game with 69 Nb7? There is a much more elegant and decisive way to win this position starting with 69 Nf5!! It's hard for me to believe that Karpov missed this shot.
Apr-25-03  ughaibu: Rf5 and Ne7?
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  Sneaky: Karpov didn't miss anything... you did.
69.Nf5+ Rxf5 70.Kxf5 Ne7+ and Black is winning.
Apr-25-03  playshogi: AHA! You fell into my trap, Sneaky. You've got to look beyond the mere knight fork. 71 Kf6, Nxg8 and 72 Kf7!! and you can sell tickets to the Knight's execution.
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  Sneaky: Holy Moly, you are 100% correct! And when the knight falls White has a pawn ending that a child could win. Amazing!!
Jul-11-05  underrated: <playshogi>
thats a good catch
Oct-08-06  Billy Ray Valentine: playshogi: AHA! You fell into my trap, Sneaky. You've got to look beyond the mere knight fork. 71 Kf6, Nxg8 and 72 Kf7!! and you can sell tickets to the Knight's execution.

Is that really a win after 72. Kf7? Can't black try something like Ne7 (and after the white plays Kxe7), follow up with Kh5, Kg4, and h5? Wouldn't that make the ending difficult for white to win, or am I missing something?

Oct-08-06  Open Defence: <Billy Ray> I think you are right Ne7 would divert the King a square too far.. maybe that's why Karpov played 69 Nb7 ?!
Oct-08-06  Milo: I think 72.Kf7 Ne7 73.Kxe7 Kh5 74.Kf6 Kg4 75.Kg7 h5 (75...Kxg3 76.h5) 76.Kg6 is no good for black. But black could try 73...Kg6 instead.
Oct-08-06  Milo: <AHA! You fell into my trap, Sneaky.>

By playing the only line which avoids checkmate? ;)

Oct-08-06  Billy Ray Valentine: After my last post I looked at 72...a5 73. Kxg8 Kg6. I think you are right, Milo, 73...Kg6 is black's best attempt to draw. But I think White then plays 74. g4 and eventually wins. I don't think Black can hold onto his h-pawn. If black follows with 74...h5 and gets white's g and h pawns, then White will capture black's queenside pawns and queen there and win. I took a closer look after my last post and realized that you are right, Milo, Ne7 does not work. So playshogi might have been right after all. Still I think Karpov's last move Nb7 was the safe, complication-free way route to victory.
Dec-13-12  Garech: Karpov is amazingly patient.


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