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Alexey Shirov vs Anatoly Karpov
Las Palmas (1994), Las Palmas ESP, rd 2, May-23
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1

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Sep-06-05  Everett: Karpov near the end of his prime was still unsolvable to Shirov. After some manuevering beyond most mortals, Karpov's 25...Qf8 allows infiltration on the Q-side, down the c-file, and finally the back rank.

29.Bb2 and 30.Bc1 are sweet. Not sure what white does here except may return his rook back to a1.

Apr-19-06  thebriarpatch: Masterful coordination of pieces by Karpov... 25...Qf8 is vintage Karpov... I've seen this game in 2 books. I'm surprised there isn't more kibitzing here...
Feb-12-09  lefthandsketch: While I agree that this game exemplifies Karpov's virtuoso style in these advance caro positions, I have to point out that 37 Rf2 simply looks like a blunder on the part of Shirov. Obviously, but this point Shirov was already lost...but this blunder was the nail in coffin.
May-23-14  Nerwal: Indeed there are some books highly praising Karpov's 25... ♕f8. That it is the best move doesn't seem fully clear; playing on general grounds such multi-purpose moves in complex positions can easily backfire, like 25... ♕e8 in Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990. Anyway, Shirov's play in the next few moves can certainly be improved, maybe with h5 at move 27 or 28. Instead, 25... ♖c2 is an interesting concrete possibility, although proving an advantage for black is again not easy at all.
May-02-19  PJs Studio: This is a gorgeous example of the advantage of two bishops. Karpov dark squared monster causes serious problems after move 27
Apr-11-20
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  nionios: The idea to bring the queen to f8 ia amazing! Karpov regrouped his pieces so that they can both attack and defend.
Apr-12-20  SChesshevsky: Interesting that Shirov lost four in a row with the 3. e5 versus Karpov's Caro-Kann. This being the first.

Get the feeling that unless white has something on the king side pretty quick once black has control of the c-file with 19. Rfc8, black is easily equal at a minimum.

Maybe Shirov was a bit too optimistic trying to start something at blacks king at that point.

Nov-14-20  Gaito: Yes, lefthandsketch. The move 37. Rf2? was the last nail in Shirov's coffin, but the alternative 37. Qxh5 Rf1 38. Qg4 Nf8 39. Qg5 Rcc1, leaves White's position in ruins too.

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