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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1981), Linares ESP, rd 5, Jan-22
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  0-1

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Oct-06-05  Averageguy: A well played BvN endgame.
Apr-16-07  notyetagm: Beautiful endgame play by Karpov.
Jun-16-08  wweiss: 42... exf5 was well-thought as Karpov realises that white's bishop cannot defend his passed pawn. 42... Nxf5 would have probably led to a draw. In addition the sequence of moves from 46-50 are very good. Karpov had to have seen 50... Nxf4! before playing 46... f4 or else he would have lost. If 51. Bxf4 then 51...h2 52. Kxh2 Kxf4 and the black king can cut off the white king from getting to the queenside pawns.
Jan-08-13  Everett: Absolutely unreal. The bishop is better than the knight, except when a random chess giant has the knight.

How does Black sense a possible advantage, or at least equality when playing his 21st move? White has no pawn weaknesses and the "better" minor piece.

I do see the N has happy squares at f5 or d4 (after getting kicked from d5 by c4) so maybe that is it... The N must be able to find a home someplace significant on the board.

Jul-15-13  jhelix70: <Everett:>

You are right, with good central outposts like d5 (or d4 after whites c4) and f5, black's N is at least as good if not better than white's bishop (which is blocked by its own pawns on g3, f4 and e5 after move 22).

Karpov's games always seem to be so instructive after the position simplifies and heads toward an endgame.

Apr-27-18  SpiritedReposte: <50. ...Nxf4!> Bxf4? h2! Wonderful.
Sep-26-18  cunctatorg: Marvelous conduct of the whole game but particularly of the endgame by this "random chess giant"... A masterpiece, a work of art!!

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