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Anatoly Karpov vs Vasily Smyslov
12th Soviet Team Cup (1972), Moscow URS, rd 4, Mar-11
Russian Game: Classical Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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Apr-12-06  Confuse: en passant ftw : 0
Jul-05-08  Woody Wood Pusher: wow this is complete domination, i didn't see the knight forking king and queen till i analysed the position. Karpov literally saw everything!
Feb-22-09  Jim Bartle: I STILL don't see the knight fork.
Feb-22-09  Calli: <Jim Bartle> here it is:
Apr-13-10  jerseybob: Hard to figure out Smyslov's love for this unpromising variation, with the black pawn left on d6 and the white d5/c4 cramping duo. Fischer-Gheorghiu 1970, in a tourney Smyslov played in, shows it perfectly. But he not only plays it here, but later in 1986 against Federowicz, in a game in this data base, with the same result.
Aug-14-10  david9000: from the final position..42...Nxb6 43. Nxf6 and now 43...Nxc4 cannot be played because of Ne8+! (is this the aforementioned knight fork?)
Jun-28-14  dernier thylacine: TO DAVID9000: I think so;
the alternative 42...Qxb6 43.Qxb6 Nxb6 would not be much better after 44.Nxb6 . At last, if after 42...Nxb6 43.Nxf6 Black plays Kh8, again Karpov is winning by 44.Nh5...

So Smyslov was really right to resign!

All the game shows an unbelievable strenght of this champion then still very young, and, spoiling nothing, my feeling is that Karpov was always a nice guy!

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  thegoodanarchist: <dernier thylacine: ... my feeling is that Karpov was always a nice guy!>

Well, Karpov was not always nice. He called Korchnoi "filthy" and refused to shake his hand. That is not nice.

A person might argue that Korchnoi had it coming to him, because Viktor started the whole ruckus by calling Karpov the jailor of his (Korchnoi's) son.

But 2 wrongs do not make a right.

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  MissScarlett: Has Karpov written about his views on Communism and Soviet history since the fall of the Soviet Union?
Jul-22-18  Howard: Contrary to the second comment posted, Karpov did not "literally see everything".

As at least one source points out, Karpov overlooked 37.Qb2!!

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