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Anatoly Karpov vs Mark Taimanov
12th Soviet Team Championship qual-1 (1972), Moscow URS, rd 2, Mar-03
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 35...Qxb3 is a blunder which lose the game. After 35...Be8 36.h6 Qf8 37.hxg7 Rxg7 38.Qxg7+ Qxg7 39.Rxg7+ Kxg7 40.Nd4 white has better ending but I think that black should hold draw through accurate play.
Apr-18-10  A Karpov Fan: this game is scary, Black is left fighting for the draw almost immediately and then when he does slip it is catastrophic.

of course when Karpov went on to match Kasparov he got to a level where he almost never slipped and this would not have worked.

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  GrahamClayton: 36. ♕c1! is one of those retreating but attacking moves that are sometimes hard to see.
Jan-31-23  EphemeralAdvantage: This is the last example in the 1987 book "How to play the Sicilian" by Daniel Levy and Kevin O' Connell. They primarily discuss the clamping effect the pawn on c5 (12. c5) has on Black's position. It is interesting how 15. ... d5, normally the desirable move is such structures, is here a sad necessity in order not to allow Nc4-d6.

After 23. Nbd4 the authors note "White has the luxury, at least in theory, of winning this position in three different ways (1) by advancing his queenside majority (2) by exploiting a good Knight vs Bad Bishop endgame (3) by using his space advantage to switch pieces to attack the kingside faster than Black can defend". It is of course unlikely that all three plans lead to a win of course: The Black pieces are well positioned to counter (1) and Taimanov would of course avoid unnecessary piece exchanges in order not to lose to (2).

The gist of it is this: if White can advance c4-c5 he should do so. The cramping effect virtually forces ... b7-b6 unless Black wants to content with f2-f4 and e4-e5 (maybe even a2-a4-a5 for good measure). The exchange on b6 leaves White with a queenside majority that is an asset in most endgames. This all sounds very bad for Black, who should probably do everything to avoid c4-c5 in the first place

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