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Anatoly Karpov vs Efim Geller
Moscow (1981), Moscow URS, rd 3, Apr-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  1-0

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Dec-04-02  skakmiv: Could he have tried 31..Ne7?
Dec-04-02  ughaibu: After Re7 white can win three pawns so it looks like a white win.
Mar-31-05  Everett: With 16.Ba6 Karpov follows the idea that control an open file, it's good to control the last square. The later rook infiltration along the c-file to the 7th rank allows the final combination. Nothing baroque, just deceptively simple and strong chess.
Aug-22-05  notyetagm: <Everett: With 16.Ba6 Karpov follows the idea that control an open file, it's good to control the last square. The later rook infiltration along the c-file to the 7th rank allows the final combination. Nothing baroque, just deceptively simple and strong chess.>

Capablanca, Karpov, and Smyslov all play this beautiful simple chess. With 16 ♗a6!, Karpov shows that <to control an open file, gain control of the 8th rank on that file>. Since the White a6-bishop now controls the c8-square on the open c-file, Black's rooks will have a difficult time competing for this asset. Karpov then uses his control of the open file to get a rook to the 7th rank. This 7th-rank rook plays a decisive role in the concluding combination.

This game is given as a model example of exploiting the open c-file in IQP positions in Baburin's excellent Winning Pawn Structures, pages 74-76.

Aug-20-07
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  Fusilli: Very instructive, as usual coming from Karpov.
Oct-31-08  dakgootje: High puzzle-potential I'd say, the first move is rather obvious but think it's rather hard to calculate the sac is sound.
Nov-01-08  Brown: Most roads lead to mate.

...Kf7 34.Bg6+ Ke7 35.Qg7#

...Kg8 34.Bh7+ Kf7 <...Kh8 35.Bg6+ Kg8 36.Qh7+ Kf8 37.Qf7#> 35.Bg6+ Ke7 36.Qg7#

...Ke8 34.Bb5+ Kf7 35.Qh7+ Kf8 36.Qh8+ Kf7 <...Ke7 37.Qg7#> 37.Qxd8 with a winning material advantage.

Nov-26-13
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  offramp: Karpov beat Geller 2-1 with 6 draws.

Efim did very well against the soviet union's big star. He drew a few; then, in an important tournament, he annihilated the world champion.

Karpov managed to beat E Geller twice after that loss, but both times were when poor EG was very near death.

Nov-26-13
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  perfidious: <offramp....(Geller) did very well against the soviet union's big star. He drew a few; then, in an important tournament, he annihilated the world champion.>

The champion won the event in question all the same, just as he was victorious in most other tournaments during his reign.

<Karpov managed to beat E Geller twice after that loss, but both times were when poor EG was very near death.>

This was the former of the wins you have mentioned, with the latter coming in 1983, some fifteen years before Geller's death.

If your aim is to denigrate Karpov, try getting your facts straight at least!

Aug-31-14  Bartacus: It seems to me that Black could have neutralized White's attack with the simple 29...Rc7, which forces the exchange of rooks.
Aug-31-14  Everett: <Bartacus: It seems to me that Black could have neutralized White's attack with the simple 29...Rc7, which forces the exchange of rooks.>

I imagined Geller looked at that resulting endgame and rejected it. Karpov has 2-1 on the q-side and the more flexible minor. Looks rough for Geller.

Aug-31-14
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  perfidious: Problem is, Black is simply a clear pawn down--hard to imagine anyone holding the resultant ending in the face of Karpov's technical virtuosity.

The following year, I played the Black side of this variation against Igor Vasilievich Ivanov. We followed this game (with a different move order) through 15....Nh5; while Ivanov was familiar with Karpov-Geller, at the board he rejected 16.Ba6.

Sep-01-14  Everett: Wonder why he rejected it. Had you planned an improvement on Geller's play ?<perfidious>
Sep-16-14  SpiritedReposte: After 24. Rb7 that is such a Karpovian position.

I think I would rather play a reckless, risk taking attacker than a subtle, boa constrictor like Karpov.

Jul-25-16
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  offramp: After 21.Nxa7.


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Here Geller played 21...Nb4, to prevent 22.Nc6. With those white pieces out of the way on a6 and a7, it looks to me that perhaps ...Bg5 might be better.

In the game White has soon unravelled those pieces and reached this position:


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...and he played 31.Rxf7!

Jul-25-16  Eusebius: Karpov squeezes out, insisting on the plus pawn on queenside, looking for more pawns. Then utilizing 7th rank. Very convincing. Was no fun for Geller I guess.
Jul-25-16
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  perfidious: <Everett: Wonder why he rejected it. Had you planned an improvement on Geller's play ?<perfidious>>

Regrettably, I am forced to resort to a stock response to a good many questions during the Watergate hearings: I do not recall. Moreover, I never played either side of this again.

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