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Nikola Padevsky vs Anatoly Karpov
Chess Olympiad Final-A (1972), Skopje MKD, rd 4, Sep-30
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin Variation (B40)  ·  1-0

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Feb-22-09  outsider: Karpov was rarely outplayed like that
Feb-22-09
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  vonKrolock: <31...a5>?! Maybe 31...♖e4 instead, with a somewhat more resilient position
May-29-09  Andrijadj: Hah,I thought Karpov was playing white:)

This looks like a tipical Karpovian victory,only Anatoly is the defeated one...

May-29-09
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  stoy: Is this game Padevsky's greatest victory? I think so.
Nov-25-19  dashjon: active king in the endgame.
Nov-25-19  cunctatorg: I think that around move 30 Karpov had a strategically won game but something went wrong a few moves later.
Nov-25-19
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  areknames: <I think that around move 30 Karpov had a strategically won game>

I disagree, the position was at best drawish with maybe a slight edge for Padevsky because of the isolated d5 pawn. As <vonKrolock> points out, 31...a5 is potentially dubious, imperceptibly weakening the Q side. The suggested 31...Re4 or 31...Nf8 with the aim of Ne6 and eventually d4 look like improvements. As it turned out Karpov was slowly strangled in a very Karpovian way, as <Andrijadj> so aptly remarks.

Nov-26-19  Granny O Doul: Certainly White was in no trouble at move 30, let alone lost.
Nov-26-19
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  woldsmandriffield: Karpov lost because he misjudged when to exchange Bishops. He could have baled out with 35..Re6 idea 36 Bc5 Bb6 37 Bxb6 Rxb6 38 Nxd5 Nxd5 39 Rxd5 Kf8 with good drawing chances. Later on, 37..Bb6 was also good. Padevsky gave Karpov chances and 39..Bxc5 40 bxc5 b6 may still have held. In the game, the circumstances of the eventual Bishop trade heavily favoured White.

Compare the final phase with Alekhine - Capablanca world ch game 34.

Nov-26-19  SpamIAm: Petrosian-evsky.
Nov-26-19  cunctatorg: Well, I agree of course with <areknames> comment about my own (provocative and/or superficial) previous comment.

However the safety of White's (exposed) king depends mainly on his Bd4, therefore 31... Nf8 looks a little-bit ... dangerous for White. 32... a4!? (after 31... a5 32. Ne3 ...) looks also interesting, White must not be permitted to exchange the Queens 'cause a) his King is much more exposed than Black's one and b) after this exchange the weakness of the d5-"isolani" becomes more "heavy"... Of course 32... a4 33. b3 a3 34. b4 isn't the ideal position for White but his Queen survives. Therefore I can't understand Karpov's (too optimistic?) 32... Re4... unless 33. Qb3 Qd3 34. Qxb7 (34. Qc2 Rxe3 35. Bxe3 Qxe3) Bd6 35. Nf1 (35. Nf5?? Re1+ and 36... Qxf5) with a lot of complications. However Karpov HIMSELF had chosen 33... Qxb3 instead of 33... Qd3... What am I missing?

What Karpov had missed?!?

Nov-28-19  cunctatorg: Still no more remarks and suggestions, not even a piece of advice for a silicon GM, just praises for GN Nikola Padevsky's great victory over Anatoly Karpov, a legendary and precious accomplishment indeed.

However I believe that Karpov's aforementioned choices shouldn't be taken lightly, he -most probably- missed something important and ... we are missing much more.

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