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Anatoly Karpov vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Madrid (1973), Madrid ESP, rd 12, Dec-11
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  1-0

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Jul-31-08  Helios727: In the final position, if the black rook keeps checking along the b-file, should the white king run to the queen side or the king side?
Sep-07-08  Woody Wood Pusher: 22. g4 is a master-stroke. That pawn completely immobilizes black's bishop.

36.g5! holds the rook in place.

Its amazing how Karpov switches from attacking blacks isolated pawn to an all out assault on the king!

Sep-07-08  Woody Wood Pusher: The finish might have been 42...Rd8 43. g6, Rh2 44. Rh7+, Rxh7 45 Rxh7+, Kg8 46. Bf7+, Kf8 47. Rh8+,Ke7 48. Rxd8, Kxd8 49. g7, Bh7 50. g8=Q, Bxg8 51. Bxg8 + -
Dec-31-08  just a kid: <helios727>Queenside 42...Rb1+ 43.Kd2 Rb2+ 44.Kc3 Rc2+ 45.Kb3
Sep-26-09
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  tpstar: This game is a marvelous example of Karpov at his best: solid opening play, fundamentally sound strategy, nothing flashy, just strong move after strong move. Here he displays textbook play against an IQP, and the victory was especially meaningful as Uhlmann is a devout French specialist. Byron Jacobs in "Starting Out: The French" suggests 24 ... Kf8 covering e7 as an improvement.

Doubled Rooks on the seventh are always good. =)

Sep-26-09
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  WannaBe: Yes, <tpstar>, I believe, (and I lear'ed this from previous CG.com game) that rook(s) on the seventh, is called Pigs on the Seventh!
Sep-27-09  BadKnight: can anybody explain why white played 11.Bh4? is it a common book move in this line? apparently it looks like white is losing a tempo for nothing.
Sep-27-09
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  tamar: I think the idea of 11 Bh4 is simply to trade off the d6 bishop.

He used almost the exact same strategy in Karpov vs G Kuzmin, 1973 exchange dark square bishops, take over e file, win!

Sep-27-09  Open Defence: In many of these French Tarrasch end games.. once the Black DSB has gone its end game hell
Aug-02-10  igiene: It seems that 12..Qb6 or 12..Bc7 are much better ideas than 12..Bh5 (perhaps yet an decisive error, purposeless time-consuming move)
Aug-02-10  igiene: Still better is 12..Re8 followed by 13..Qb6, an improvement found by Uhlmann over 12..Bh5(Vogt-Uhlmann 1974)
Oct-23-12  bystander: Although white is blockading the IQP with a knight and black is trading it's pieces, which according to IQP-theory the side with the IQP should not do, the game is well balanced for a long time.
Oct-23-12  bystander: At move 16 and 18 I prefer Nd4x for black.
Oct-23-12  bystander: 26..b6 does not look to good to me, because white can double it's rooks without much counterplay for black. What about 26..Rc2?
Oct-23-12  bystander: My computer prefers 29..Kh7 above 29..h5. 29..Kh7 looks like a waiting move to me and maybe g4 in this line is not so strong as in the actual game. Any thoughts about 29...Kh7?
Oct-23-12  Marmot PFL: In this similar game Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974, one difference is that black plays a6 instead of a5, preventing Bb5, so white does not gain control of the e-file.
Oct-23-12
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  perfidious: An amusing pendant to this disaster for Uhlmann, that great connoisseur of the French, is that in his last game with Black in Madrid, he switched to 1....g6 as his response to 1.e4 in Kaplan vs Uhlmann, 1973.
Dec-04-13  nummerzwei: 22...Rac8 is better (Karpov).
The text allows White to show his idea.
Jan-25-14
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  Domdaniel: Karpov's 22.g4! keeps the Black Bishop out of f5, where it would have had a good defensive role. Instead it must retreat to g6, which is much more limited. Uhlmann was *the* great Master of the French in his generation - along, perhaps with Petrosian and Korchnoi.
Aug-18-16  joddle: I remember seeing this game annotated in the first chess book I ever owned, "Beginner's Chess Course" by Enno Heyken.

Very instructive game, especially the endgame with the invasion of the 7th rank.

20... Qxb2 21. Nb5! is particularly nice with the dual threats of Nb5-c7 and Re1-e2.

Nov-05-17  skemup: Black problems start with ..18a5. White bishop on b5 helps white rooks on controlling e - file and suppourts their invasion on 7th rank (it controls d7 square also, so black cannot play ..24 Rd7 for example). Exgchanging black knight which was controling e7 square and restraining bishop in some way was big mistake. Black obvioulsy did not sense the danger. Pawn move ..22f6 probably would be better.
Jul-12-20
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  zenwabi: Starting at move #25, GM Michael Stean annotates this game in his great book, SIMPLE CHESS.
Oct-24-20
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  woldsmandriffield: Another Karpov game from the time he was a world championship contender that is held up as an example of his invulnerability but which does in fact suggest some fallibilities.


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The Karpov of he mid-1980s would surely play the precise 27 Rb7! when Black faces the dismal choice of ceding the c-file by 27..Rb8 28 Rc7 Rc8 29 Rac1 or the passive 27..Rd6, since Uhlman cannot countenance 27..Rc2 28 Rxb6 Rxb2 29 Ra6 Rd2 30 Rxa5 Rxd4 31 Bc6.

Karpov played the casual 27 Rae1 and the game continued 27..h6 28 Rb7?! (better 28 Kf2 when White remains better but has lost some of his advantage) and now Uhlman played the obliging 28..Rd6 instead of the punishing 28..Rc2! The point is that if now 29 Rxb6 Rxb2 30 Ra6 Rd2 31 Rxa5 Rxd4 32 Bc6 Black has 32..Rd2 with counterplay.

The Rd2 move was not possible in the previous line because the Ra1 is so well placed - in the above line, Karpov could have gone 32 Ra8 trading Rooks and pushed the a-pawn.

In 1973-75 Karpov was clearly an elite player but he was not yet complete, just as in 1962 Fischer was an elite player but one who still had weaknesses in his game.

Oct-27-20
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  kingscrusher: Open file instructive game in Stean's simple chess
May-09-21
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  Messiah: 'Proper Anatolysis'
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