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Viktor Kupreichik vs Anatoly Karpov
2nd Christmas Tournament (1966), Trinec CSR, rd 1, Dec-26
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  0-1

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Feb-15-05  Gowe: Chessgames. This game have to be wrong or kupreichik missed a mate in 3 because 27.Qf5+ Kg8. 28.Rxe8+ Rxe8 29.Rxe8#. Instead Ng5+ what actually he played doesn't seem to be the best move having a mate in 3.
Aug-26-06  Helios727: According to "Karpov's Collected Games" by David Levy, black's 23rd move was Nd6, which prevents Qf5+ later on. Also, white's last move was actually Kxf2, followed by the above text move Qb6+, which will result in the loss of the exchange after 34. Kg1 Bf3+ 35. Kf1 Bxe2+. With the knight on d6 at game end, black end up ahead by four pawns plus a rook.
Aug-26-06  nolanryan: Man, 18... d5 is a pretty slick trap. Given hindsight, 16 ...b4 is an even slicker trap!
Sep-13-07  Karpova: Victor Baturinsky tells the amusing story that the organisers requested two "Soviet masters" but the tournament conditions were a bit sketchy so the ones from the USSR chess federation thought it was a youth tournament. That's why they sent two youngsters (Kupreichik was born in 1949 and Karpov in 1951). Both even arrived to late (round 3) and therefore had to play two games per day at the beginning. Karpov won the tournament with 11/13 (9 wins, 4 draws and no loss).

It's in the book from Baturinsky on the chess genius Karpov but there doesn't seem to be an english version (It's not "From Baguio to Merano: The World Championship Matches of 1978 and 1981")

Jul-02-08  Woody Wood Pusher: there is no mate in 3 on move 27...

This game is amazing, White sacrifices so much for the attack but black remains one step ahead and takes out the white king in one lethal attack.

16 b4 is such a great move, what a fantastic trap!

Oct-06-15
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  Alex Schindler: Wow, fierce counterattack. Very enjoyable tactics here.
May-24-17  Howard: The story of Karpov and Kupreichik being sent to that "adult" tournament by mistake, is briefly told in the book World Chess Champions (1980).

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