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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Anatoly Karpov
Tilburg final rapid (1993) (rapid), Tilburg NED, rd 7, Dec-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Tal Variation (B12)  ·  0-1



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Oct-05-06  Microbe: This is a beautiful game. I'm amazed no one has kibitzed it! Truly one of my favourite games from an artistic point of view!
Oct-05-06  capablancakarpov: Karpov´s Knight manouvre ( move 35-39 ) is really gorgeous. He wins the center for his king while creates a passed a pawn that gives him the victory. Amazing.
Mar-14-11  wordfunph: "My 3rd move."

...was Chucky's reply when asked where he made his losing mistake against Karpov at Tilburg 1993. Their game began 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5

Nov-19-11  indoknight: another Karpov best game -- 33...e4+!! brilliant! i think this is "move of the match" lol
Nov-20-11  indoknight: if Ivanchuck dont resign , its will : 53.Kxa4 Qb4# or 53.Kb2 Qf2+ 54.Ka1 Qa2# or 53.Kb2 Qf2+ 54.Kc1 Qc2# or 53.Kb2 Qf2+ 54.Kb1 Qc2+ 55.Ka1 Qa2# or 53.Kb2 Qf2+ 54.Kb1 Qa2+ 55.Kc1 Qc2# .In my opinion, this is Karpov best game on a kinghunt!
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  fredthebear: Following the unusual 12...Kf7 lair, Ivanchuck plays on the queenside having exchanged the c-pawns. (No other game in the database reaches this position.) Fredthebear is itchin' to play on the kingside against the resulting f6 and the half-open g-file (although Black will have an active back rank for support). It turns out that 10...f6 and the resulting pawn exchange is good for Black.

White's 13.Nge2 sits there a spell due in large part to the isolani, until 35.Nxd4. By comparison, the centralized Black octopus is highly effective. (White is also afflicted by a backward g-pawn, allowing Black's "one to hold back two" resulting in mutual promotions.)

Karpov is Karpov; his pieces are active and he rolls down the middle in complete control using his king as a fighting piece (after exchanging queens). He has converted what appears to be a kingside flaw into an overwhelming pair of advancing connected pawns for a victory march on the queenside.

Who said "A weakness is not a weakness if it cannot be attacked"?

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  fredthebear: Positional Concept: Maneuvering Against Weakness:

FTB is not sure who wrote the article.

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  fredthebear: In the final position, 53.Kb2 a3+ 54.Kc1 Kd3+ forms a barrier that forces a back rank mate. White is not allowed a chance to give his own queen checks.
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  GrahamClayton: Vintage Karpov - smooth, flowing positional play which cramps and restricts Ivanchuk's pieces.
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  Messiah: <GrahamClayton: Vintage Karpov - smooth, flowing positional play which cramps and restricts Ivanchuk's pieces.>


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  perfidious: Lovely play by Karpov--in a rapid game, no less.
Aug-18-22  Rip2632: Karpov has played 80 games of B12. He's good at it.
Aug-18-22  Olavi: It seems 44.h5 might draw with the help of the tablebase: 44...g3 45.h6 g2 46.h7 g1=Q 47.h8=Q Nxb4+ 48.Bxb4 [TB=] Qg6+ 49.Kc1 Kxb4 50.Qf8/d4/b2.

By now it is common knowledge that many queen endings rook+knight pawn up are draws, so this can be spotted without an TB. But it's useful to have confirmation...

And I think it is unlikely there is a winning 47th move in this line. In the final phase of a rapid game Black wins, of course.

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  nizmo11: <Olavi>: <It seems 44.h5 might draw with the help of the tablebase>. Looks correct, also White could have played g4 already on move 42.

Karpov should have played 40...Nxg3 instead of 40...Nc3+? I wanted to write yet another move 40 blunder, but looks like this was a rapid game, so there was no time control on move 40?

Aug-18-22  Olavi: <nizmo11: I wanted to write yet another move 40 blunder, but looks like this was a rapid game, so there was no time control on move 40?>

Yes, twenty minutes plus ten second increment for the whole game. This was the final of the Tilburg knock out tournament. They had drawn the two classical games, Karpov won the rapid play-off 1½-½.

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