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Hillar Karner vs Anatoly Karpov
"Two Kar Collision" (game of the day Mar-31-2021)
12th Soviet Team-ch qual-1 (1972), Moscow URS, rd 3, Mar-04
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: <clocked>'s strong recommendation 26. e7! wins decisive material after 26...Rd7 [26...Rb7 27. Qf5+ Kb8 28. Qf8 Rxe7 29. Qxh8 ] 27. Nc5 g6 28. Nxd7 .

Notice that it is the threat of an unusual Queening combination ( e.g. 26. e7 Rd6 27. Qf5+ Kb8 28. Qf8 Rxf8 29. exf8Q ) that forces the win of decisive material.

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  patzer2: Young Karpov's 42...d2?? was a rare blunder. After <Benzol>'s 42...Bb5! and the followup 43. Ra1 d2 44. Rd1 Re8 45. Qc5+ Qc6 46. Qxd4 Qxe6 47. Qxd2 Qxb6 48. Kh1 Bc4 49. Qc3 , White has a clear and easy win.

Even the rather simple 42. Qxb6 = with the draw by perpetual (see Benzol's post above) should have been obvious. I'm sure Karpov sharpened his tactical play and awareness after this result.

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  Zenchess: <patzer2> <White has a clear and easy win.> Surely, you meant Black has a clear and easy win.
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  patzer2: Oops! Thanks for the correction <Zenchess>. I did indeed mean "Black has a clear and easy win" with best play (see line above) after <Benzol>'s 42...Bb5! .
Feb-19-05  offramp: If you haven't played through this game, look at the final position and try to guess what the pawn on d2's starting square was.
Dec-10-06  gauer: Is this the same Karpov who was looking for a match with Fischer around this time? I sure hope he expected his skills to improve. At least Kramnik's not the only one who's capable of blunders.
Dec-10-06  euripides: When Karpov blundered, White's queen had shuffled from d6 to c5 and back again. Perhaps he assumed that this manoeuvre wouldn't have created a new threat. Of course Black's Bc6 has in the meantime made his position looser.
Dec-11-06  offramp: Great kudos to Karner, who threw every obstacle in Karpov's path and played on even when he had just a Q+R left. Karpov was tough to beat even in the early 70s, and, as the first poster points out, Karner could've won this game much earlier.
Jan-06-07  jon01: Karpov underrated K√§rner. He didn't believe that Estonian player can defeat him. That's why he wasn't taking this very seriously. When he became older and more experienced, he didn't do that kind of mistakes anymore.
May-02-10  outsider: so, the pawn on d2 is from b7; the one on d4 is from c7, and the one on d5 is from e7; the d7 pawn is watching from above
Nov-22-19  areknames: Ouch, what a performance by HK!
Oct-08-20  Granny O Doul: Kevin O'Connell's collection of Karpov's games annotated 42...d2 with a poem, uncredited as far as I recall, titled "The Catastrophe". It went something like this:

In a tournament or friendly game
A hasty slip may mean the same
Your hopes are turned to dark despair
𝐷𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑒 𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑑𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒.

Mar-31-21  andrewjsacks: Pun well done.
Mar-31-21  offramp: How can User: Granny O Doul do italics?
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  beatgiant: <offramp>
𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳?

I tried it, and it generates a bunch of html-escaped things like '&#...123...' that get converted to the special characters.

Mar-31-21  Honey Blend: Although not losing on the spot, 34. ... ♖xb6 35. axb6 gave Karpov another pawn to potentially worry about later on. Safer choice is 34. ... ♘b4, attacking the ♗ and adding a defender to a6 at the same time.
Mar-31-21  Brenin: An interesting line after <Benzol>'s recommended 42 ... Bb5 is 43 Ra7 d2 44 Rxb7 d1=Q+ 45 Kf2 Qe2+ 46 Kg3 Qe3+ 47 Kh4 g5+ 48 Kh5 Be2+ 49 Kg6, and only now, with b5 clear for his K's escape, can Black play 49 ... Kxb7 50 Qc7+ Ka6 51 Qa7+ Kb5, and White is running out of checks.
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  HeMateMe: Good pun. Karpov games always work well, a special player. Impressive how karner tied him up in knotts.
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  MissScarlett: I would have been more ambitious and gone with <The Doom at Hillar Karner Loss>.
Mar-31-21  newzild: An interesting game, despite the inaccuracies.
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  beatgiant: <The Doom at Hillar Karner Loss> I must confess I don't get this. Can anyone explain the reference?
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  WannaBe: 𝓘𝓽𝓪𝓵𝓲𝓬𝓼 𝓡𝓾𝓵𝓮𝓼!!

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  fredthebear: Not in Brooklyn

𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔏𝔬𝔯𝔡𝔰 𝔬𝔣 𝔉𝔩𝔞𝔱𝔟𝔲𝔰𝔥 ℜ𝔲𝔩𝔢

𝔅𝔢𝔞𝔯𝔰 𝔡𝔬𝔫'𝔱 𝔤𝔬 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢

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  moronovich: ★✷ 🎀 𝒫𝒾𝓃𝓆𝓌𝒾𝓃𝓈 𝒶𝓇𝑒 𝓊𝓈𝓊𝒶𝓁𝓁𝓎 𝓃😍𝓉 𝒷😍𝓇𝓃 𝒾𝓃 𝐼𝓉𝒶𝓁𝓎
Feb-18-22  Saniyat24: Hillar-ious...!
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