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Anatoly Karpov vs John Moles
6th Niemeyer final A (1968), Groningen NED, rd 2, Jan-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  1-0

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Nov-05-05  TheFrench: 37.Rb3 can't possibly be the move that was played. 38.Ne3 doesnt make any more sense.
Mar-24-07  Helios727: My Karpov book gives 37.-,Rb4. This makes a lot more sense.
Apr-20-07  russep: What book is that??
Jun-17-08  Helios727: It is called "Karpov's Collected Games" by David Levy. It has all his 1961-74 games.
May-26-14
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  Domdaniel: I wonder why Moles didn't play the French: it was his usual defence to 1.e4 even before this.
Feb-22-15
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  Akhilleus: The first volume of Karolyi's Karpov's Strategic Wins (p.54) gives 37 ... Rb4.
Nov-06-21  Granny O Doul: Computer gives Black a large advantage after 34...Bxd5 but more baffling to me is why he didn't play 35...Bd3. I think extreme time pressure must have been behind such a severe misjudgment. It was certainly an admirable fight back from a lost position until that point.
Nov-24-22
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  kingscrusher: Are you kidding me - Karpov lost control of the position here - is this meant to be an iconic example of "control".

I found this game via "The Best of Karpov" by Markland. It seems engines help find objective truth and undermine sometimes the waffly comments like "Black has some counterplay but this is merely an illusion". It doesn't look like an illusion to me - 34...Bxd5 and White's position is a disaster.

Maybe this is a good example of "being lucky when on the verge of losing complete control of the position".

Nov-24-22
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  perfidious: <Dom: I wonder why Moles didn't play the French: it was his usual defence to 1.e4 even before this.>

The reason may be one of the oldest ones going--Moles may well have figured on the vaunted Soviet analysts booking up for his speciality and serving up a dose of home cooking.

<kingscrusher....It seems engines help find objective truth and undermine sometimes the waffly comments like "Black has some counterplay but this is merely an illusion"....>

This is one respect in which silicon monstahs have proven useful indeed; the weasel words such as the much beloved 'unclear' are largely removed from analyses and give us a degree of objectivity hitherto absent from the literature.

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