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Anatoly Karpov vs Lubomir Ftacnik
Chess Olympiad (1988), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 14, Nov-29
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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Jul-03-05  pencuse: Karpov's positional play didn't let Ftacnik to play the game. Ftacnik has been patient until move 45. ... b5, when he got bored of Karpov's positional manoeuvres. Then he exchanged its rook with Karpov's knight, to make more aggressive play. But in the knight-rook endgame Karpov's "hi-tech" game style was decisive.
Jul-03-05  farrooj: I think this should be a draw? Can anyone confirm this?
Jul-03-05  pencuse: World Open, GM Kacheishvil - GM Nakamura game on ICC now. The same position with colors reversed. It seems to be draw.
Jul-03-05  810609: <farooj> there is no draw for black, white will play Rd5-a5 and knight is lost (Rxa7, if black moves his knight, Rxb5/Kxc6/Kxc8) and there is no way how to stop it for black, as king is too far and K+R vs K endgame is lost.
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  4tmac: 83. KxP is the only move to win, and after 83. ... N-c4

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. R-f3+!! K-g4 85. R-d3!! K-g5 86. K-d5 (or R-d5) and eventually wins the N (!! is only move)

Dec-26-08  M.D. Wilson: If black moves, white wins.
Jul-24-09  M.D. Wilson: How does one pronounce "Ftacnik"?
Jul-11-10  orio24: <M.D. Wilson: How does one pronounce "Ftacnik"?>

F-t-a(like a in bath)-c(like ch in chow)-n(like ni in Tania)-i-k. I believe it is hard to pronounce for English natives. :)

Apr-06-13  vinidivici: very solid positional play by karpov ends with good ending
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  wwall: It looks like 81...Nb6? is the losing move. Black draws after 81...Ne7! 82.Rxf7 Ng6+ 83.Kxe6 Kxh3 84.Rg7 Nf4+ 85.Kf5 Ne2.
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  gambitfan: 1) mated-in-19 (39 ply) 93...♔f5 94.♖d5+ ♔e4 95.♖a5 ♔f4 96.♖xa7 ♔e5 97.♖a5+ ♔d4 98.♔e6 ♔e4 99.♖a4+ ♔e3 100.♔d5 ♔f3 101.♔e5 ♔e3 102.♖a3+ ♔e2 103.♔d5 ♔f2 104.♔e4 ♔e2 105.♖a2+ ♔d1 106.♔e3 ♔c1 107.♔d3 ♔b1 108.♖h2 ♔c1 109.♖e2 ♔d1 110.♖e4 ♔c1 111.♖b4 ♔d1 112.♖b1#
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  gambitfan: Stockfish announces mate in 19 moves and gives 93... Kg5f5

I found

94 Rd4a4 Na7b5
95 Ra4a5 pins the Knight and wins the game ! 1-0

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  gambitfan: 93...

Either N moves

93... Na7b5 only choice
94 Rd4d5+ forks K+N

K moves

93... K whatever
94 Rd4b4 N cannot moves K moves
94... Rb4b7 wins N

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  perfidious: Playing a Hedgehog against Karpov had to be one of the most difficult undertakings in top chess--not that he wasn't tough enough for 'ordinary' strong GMs to face, any day of the week.
Aug-16-19  RookFile: Black was within 1 good move in the ending of holding this to a draw.
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  Fusilli: What was the time control in Olympiads back in the day of adjourned games? (I was around but don't remember.)

I mean, games had to be finished the same day, so that next round pairings could be done. Did they not adjourn?

Aug-17-19  Retireborn: <Fusili> Olimpbase list the time control as 40 moves in 2 hours, then 1 hour each for 20 moves. So this game could have taken 8 - 10 hours. I'm afraid I don't know if there was an adjournment break.
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  Fusilli: <Retireborn> Thank you. I'd guess no adjournment break. A precursor of the time controls of today.
Aug-25-19  Olavi: Adjournment after six hours, but I don't remember about the next Olympiads
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  Fusilli: <Olavi> How did they do the pairings for the next day round then? Or they did not play every day?
Aug-26-19  Olavi: <Fusilli> An adjourned game was usually played in the morning before the next round, but the pairings were made before, the game counting as a draw for pairing purposes. It was normal practise to adjourn a hopeless position for tactical reasons - or perhaps rather the opposite, to refuse to win too quickly.
Aug-26-19  Olavi: Although this particular game was played in the last round, so probably straight to finish.
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