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Nikolay Popov vs Anatoly Karpov
Leningrad (1967), Leningrad URS, rd 6
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  0-1



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  wwall: After 29...Re2, perhaps 30.Kf1 is best. If 30...Rxc2 31.h5 Ne5 32.Rxe7 looks good for White.

Instead of 31.cxb4, perhaps 31.Kf1 Rc2 32.Ra7

Instead of 33.Rd8, perhaps 33.Ra7 Bxb4 34.Rxa6

Instead of 35.Rd1, perhaps 35.Bc5 Bxc5 36.bxc5 Nd3 37.Rd4 Rxf2+ 38.Kg1 Rf3 39.Kg2

Instead of 36.Bd4, perhaps 36.b3 Nxb4 37.bxc4 Rxc4 38.Bc7 and 39.Bd6

Instead of 38.Bc3, perhaps 38.Be3 Nxb2 39.Rd7+ and 40.Rxg7

Instead of 43.Rc1, perhaps 43.Rf1 and if 43...Rd2+ 44.Rf2

Mar-22-14  LIFE Master AJ: Number Ten (#10.) in the book, "Endgame Virtuoso."
Mar-22-14  LIFE Master AJ:

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Popov - Karpov; Leningrad / 1967.

The position after 40.Kg1, Black to move.

A Wednesday puzzle?
(There are many ways to win, the big challenge here is to find the absolutely best method for Black.)

Mar-23-14  LIFE Master AJ: A briefly annotated game:

Nikolay Popov – Anatoly Karpov
Leningrad, USSR; (R#6) / 1967

1.e4 e5; 2.Nf3 Nc6; 3.Bb5 a6; 4.Bxc6 dxc6;
5.0-0 f6; 6.d4 exd4; 7.Nxd4 c5; 8.Nb3 Qxd1;
9.Rxd1 Bd6; 10.Na5 b6; 11.Nc4 Be7;
12.Bf4 Be6; 13.Ne3 Bd8; 14.Nc3 h5;
15.Ncd5 Rc8; 16.h4! c6; 17.Nc3 c4!?; 18.a4,
OK, but ...

<[Better was: 18.Ne2! c5; 19.Bd6, ±.]>

18...Ne7; 19.Bd6 0-0; 20.a5 b5; 21.Bc5,

<[RR 21.g3, ]>

21...Re8; 22.Ne2 Ng6; 23.g3,
Too mechanical?

<[Better was: 23.Ng3 Nxh4; 24.Nxh5; "~" (unclear) with active piece play. ]>

23...Bg4!; 24.Nxg4 hxg4; 25.Rd7!?, <(♘c3)>

25...Rxe4; 26.Nc3 Re5; 27.Bb6 b4;

<[RR 27...Bxb6; 28.axb6 Rb8; 29.Rxa6 Re1+; 30.Kg2 Ne5; 31.Re7 Nf3; 32.Ne2, '=' - Fritz 13. ]>

28.Na4 Be7; 29.Rad1 Re2?!;
This looks slightly suspect.

<[ Better was: 29...Bf8! =]>

Missing a big opportunity.

<[ Better was: 30.Kf1! Re5; 31.Ra7, ±]>

30...Bf8; 31.cxb4 Ne5; 32.Kf1 Rc2; 33.Rd8?, (>/= ♖a7! )

33...Rxd8; 34.Rxd8 Kf7; 35.Rd1!?,

<[RR 35.Be3 Bxb4; "~" - Fritz 13. ]>


<[ Better was: 35...Bxb4!; - Fritz 13. ]>

Now 36.b3 was best, according to the iron monster.
36.Bd4? Bxb4; 37.Nb6 c5; 38.Bc3?, (>/= 38.♗e3 ♘e5)

Good enough to get the job done.

<[ But better was: 38...Rxf2+!; - Fritz 13. ]>

39.bxc3 Rxf2+; 40.Kg1▢,
(This was the only legal move.)

White is lost ...

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Behind a couple of buttons, resignation is even an option here.

This is OK, and Black will eventually win, but it is a long way from being the best move here.

<[ Much better was: 40...Rc2; 41.Nxc4 Rxc3; 42.Nd6+ Kg6; 43.Kf1 Ne5; - Houdini & Fritz. ]>

The rest is not that interesting ... and it is close to being "best play" for both sides.

41.Kg2 Ne5; 42.Na4 Rd3; 43.Rc1 Rd2+; 44.Kf1 Ra2; 45.Nxc5 Rxa5; 46.Ne4 Ke6; 47.Ke2 Nd3; 48.Rb1 Re5; White Resigns.


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<< See also the book: "Anatoly Karpov, Endgame Virtuoso." <<<>>> >> (Game # 10)

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