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Samadov vs Anatoly Karpov
URS-ch U18 (1966), Moscow URS, Jan-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Tartakower Variation (B15)  ·  0-1

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Jan-18-06  thebriarpatch: A wild finish... not what I expect from a Karpov game!
Mar-24-08
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  Phony Benoni: When Karpov played the Caro-Kann against Spassky in their 1974 Candidates Match, everyone was amazed that he would pick such a situation to use an opening he had never tried before.

As you can see, that's not exactly true. But I think this game clearly shows why he gave up on the Caro-Kann for eight years. That b8-knight is probably still suffering from agoraphobia.

Nice swindle, though--at the end it's a mate or ruinous loss of material situation. White missed a very nice win with 43.Rc6!, as Black can't afford 43...Qxc6 44.Qxf7+ Qg6 (44...Kg4 45.h3+ Kxh3 46.Qh5#) 45.g4+.

May-28-08  apexin: i liked that game a lot! a lot of tactics.
Sep-10-11  Psihadal: This is Karpov's first ever game playing the Caro-Kann, and even thought he got the win, he didn't play the Caro-Kann for the next 8 years.

But it was this Tartakower variation that Karpov didn't like and that put him off from playing the Caro-Kann for so long.

Later he adopted the classical and modern variations, which suited him much better.

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