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Anatoly Karpov vs Zoltan Ribli
EUR-chT (Men) 5th (1973), Bath ENG, rd 7, Jul-13
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0



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Sep-02-05  TheFrench: Talk about a "Bad Bishop" ! Amazing how Karpov take advantage of this.
Jun-19-12  Naniwazu: Why do grandmasters often maneuver back and forth like Karpov does from move 38? Obviously it's to gain time on the clock and possibly with the idea of triangulating your opponent. But besides this it seems silly to me to make a move later that you might as well make now.
Aug-10-13  Drakulo: It seems Ribli's critical error was 62... Kc8 , missing a potential draw with 62... Kb6, which goes for Karpov's pawns. Anyway, this game has very nice strategy.
Dec-18-15  nummerzwei: <Drakulo: It seems Ribli's critical error was 62... Kc8 , missing a potential draw with 62... Kb6, which goes for Karpov's pawns. Anyway, this game has very nice strategy.>

This leads to a tablebase win for White after 63. Kg4 Kb5 64. Kh5 Ka4 65. Kg6 Kb3 66. Kxg7 fxg5 67. f6 Bxf6+ 68. Kxf6 g4 69. Be1 Kc2 70. Ke6 Kxd3 71. Kxd6 Ke2 72. Kxe5 Kxe1 73. d6 g3 74. d7 g2 75. d8=Q g1=Q 76. Qxd4 and the queen ending is winning for White.

Black can also try to complicate tactically in the pawn endgame, but it should not work: 73... d3 74. d7 d2 75. d8=Q g3 76. Kf4 g2 77. Qb6 d1=Q 78. Qg1+ Kd2 79. Qxg2+ with another winning queen ending.

Heuristically it should be clear that either Q+P vs Q is winning since Black's king is offside.

Jul-17-17  SpiritedReposte: Karpov is like a cat with a mouse here.
Jul-17-17  Howard: Chess Life & Review annotated the ending to this game back around 1975, in Mednis' endgame column.

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