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Anatoly Karpov vs Heinz Wirthensohn
Chess Olympiad Final-A (1972), Skopje MKD, rd 8, Oct-04
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0



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Oct-11-09  birthtimes: If 39...Rg8 and 40. d6+ Kf8 41. gxf6 gxf6 42. Rxg8+ Kxg8 43. c5 bxc5 44. Kc4 Kf7 45. Nxc5 Ke8 46. Kd5 Nxc5 47. Rxc5 Rxc5+ 48. Kxc5 Kd7 49. Kd5 Kd8 50. Ke4 Kd7 draw...
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  arrvin: Why on earth did Black resign?
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  Retireborn: <arrvin> The attacked rook has no good square:

(a) 44...Ra8 45.Rg8+ (or 45.c5)
(b) 44...Rc5 45.Nb7+
(c) 44...Rc7 45.Rg8+ Ke7 46.Re8+ Kxd6 47.Re6 mate
(d) 44...Rb8 (best) 45.Rb1 planning something like Rbg1, Ne4 or Nb5, d6 should win when Black runs out of checks.

39...Rg8 doesn't draw either; 40.d6+ Kf8 41.gxf6 gxf6 42.Rxg8+ Kxg8 43.c5 bxc5 44.Rb7!

The losing move was 36...Kf8 which lets White break through with 37.g5; Black should keep his king off the back rank so his rooks can defend with maximum flexibility. With a waiting move like 36...Rf8 he can still resist.

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