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Anatoly Karpov vs Anthony Miles
Amsterdam OHRA (1985), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, Jul-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-02-05  pencuse: Very long endgame manoeuvre from Karpov. Black rook can never take g3, therefore white king marches to take e6 and wins.
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  offramp: A western european grandmaster should not lose the following position

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if he expects to become a major contender. I can imagine an excuse such as, Suddenly he was all over me! Karpov's opponent's mistakes are not his fault. He just played as well as he could.

Aug-22-09  Zzyw: Karpov almost seems to be mocking Miles with his rook manoeuvres, as if he's giving payback for horribly losing against his 1... a6.
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  keypusher: <Zzyw> Or maybe Karpov was just trying to win a difficult ending. Given that he'd beaten Miles four times since 1980, and nine times overall, I doubt Karpov was burning for revenge for the St. George game.
Aug-22-09  returnoftheking: And maybe that is the reason why <Zzyw> wrote <almost seems>..wise a**:).
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  Plaskett: Not quite so trivial.
When the white king gets to b6 black checks it to c6 and then plays 2...Ra1 and white plays 3 Kd6- Since 3...Kf7 now loses to 4 Rh8, Rxa7 5 Rh7+, black must check at a6 to which white replies 4 Kd7. This is now Zugzwang. Black has only 4...Kf7 as 4...g5 loses to 5 f5, exf5 6 e6+, etcetera. But then white has 5 Kc7 threatening 6 Kb7, so black must play down the a line. But after 5...Ra1 6 Kb6 white threatens both 7 Rb8 and the nasty skewering trick of 7 Rh8 Rxa7 8 Rh7+. One of those ideas will cost black his rook.

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