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Hillar Karner vs Anatoly Karpov
12th Soviet Team-ch qual group 1 (1972), Moscow URS, rd 3, Mar-04
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-04  clocked: Terrible blunder to end the game; however, white's healthy disregard for pawns could have been rewarded with 26.e7! Rd7 (Rd6 Qf5+) 27.Nc5
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  Zenchess: This was a major league upset; a 2400 player beating Karpov like this. Karpov was normally a WC-type player, but awful against the Torre attack for some reason. Subsequently Korchnoi (twice) and Yusupov beat him badly in this opening.
Aug-10-04  AltoidJunki: Instead of 42 ...d2, Karpov should have done 42...Qxb6?
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  Benzol: 42...♕xb6 43.♖xb8+ ♕xb8 44.♕xc6+ draws by perpetual check. 42...♗b5 might be a better try.
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  Zenchess: 41. Qc5?? was a blunder which should have lost. However, Black then missed 42...Bb5 winning; 42...d2?? allows the mate in 3.

41. e7 and 42. Ra7, hitting the Qb7, offered good drawing chances.

Aug-26-04  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.

Aug-27-04  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.
Aug-27-04  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! .
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  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.
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  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 Kärner. 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.

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