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Marco Albano vs Anatoly Karpov
"Four Corners" (game of the day Dec-11-2019)
W-ch Student Team Qualifying Group 1 (1972), Graz AUT, rd 4, Jul-19
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-01-09  virginmind: probably it would've remained albano's best result ever - this draw against a very young karpov, but already 2630 elo at the time...
Dec-10-19  Sally Simpson: ***

Karpov has a Rare Roaming Rook. One that visits all four corners of the chessboard.

Karpov's h8 Rook starts on h8(!)

On move 32 it goes to a8.


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On move 33...


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...the same Rook is on a1.

Moe 41 and we find it on h1...


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..and on move 42


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The h8 Rook is back on h8.

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Dec-11-19  Carrots and Pizza: So neat that Karpov's rook hits all four corners and that they were good moves too. Not only that, but he conducted a very nice one-horsepower attack before that!
Dec-11-19  jith1207: Thus becoming one of the first ever recorded circumnavigation of a chess board to all its four corners by a Rook.
Dec-11-19  Sally Simpson: Hi jith1207,

Later in the game, on move 44, Karpov played 44.Ra8 making all four corners visited going direct from corner to corner.

a8-a1 (move 33)

a1-h1 (move 41)

h1-h8 (move 42)

h8-a8 (move 44)

I stumbled across this game whilst looking for a game similar to this problem apparently composed by Shrinkman.

White to play an mate in four


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Dec-11-19  dumbgai: <Sally Simpson> That's a simple but aesthetically pleasing problem.

1. Rh8 (threatening a8=Q/R#)

1...Kxa7 (if ...Ka5 2. Rh4 and the same mate)

2. Rxh1

And now either 2...Ka8 3. Kc7 Ka7 4. Ra1#, or 2...Kb8 3. Ra1 Kc8 4. Ra8#, or 2...Ka6 3. Ra1#.

No matter what, white's rook will have gone a8-h8-h1-a1 (and in one line, back to a8).

Dec-11-19  paavoh: Well, that was a quick acceptance of a pun submission.

Just recalling the famous/infamous UNC basketball strategy...

Dec-12-19  rtucker913: Both of them played phenomenally.

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