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Anatoly Karpov vs Valentin Stoica
W-ch Student Team Final-A (1972), Graz AUT, rd 1, Jul-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1-0

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Feb-15-15
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  perfidious: If the finish of the game as given is correct, Black came unstuck towards the time check after giving his formidable opponent a hard fight.

Black's seventh, while popular in those days, was soon shown to be inaccurate due to the sharp retort 8.f4 Qc7 9.g4 exf4 10.g5 Nfd7 11.Bxf4.

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  Retireborn: <perfidious> The score seems to be correct, although my version (from a Karpov book) only gives 39.Qf3 1-0.

35...Rd4 is a losing move, as after 37.Nd5 the threat of c3 costs Black the exchange; he could have bailed out for a pawn with 36...f5 (instead of 36...Qd7) 37.exf5 Qxf3 38.Nxf3 Rb4 39.fxg6, but I assume that is close to lost for Black too.

Ghizdavu who annotated this game criticises 34...a4 and gives 34...Bb6 35.Nd5 Kg7 36.Nxb6 Qxb6 37.Rxf7+ Kxf7 38.Qc4+ Kg7 39.Kg2 as better for White, but Houdini points out that then Black has the elegant 39...Nxg3! which forces White to take the knight and submit to a perpetual.

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