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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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Aug-06-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: A typical understated Karpov win. Noteworthy is 22.g4!, which stops the black bishop returning to the c8-g4 diagonal. On g6, the black bishop was later out of play compared with the white B on b5.
Jan-18-05  MidnightDuffer: Karpov was awarded the Brilliancy Prize of the Tournament for this game!
Jan-18-05  karnak64: Of the games recorded on this database, Uhlmann has a 13-11-30 record playing the black side of the Open Tarrasch (as if he'd play it as white!)-- pretty good for anyone with black at this level. I'm not surprised he chose it against Karpov.

But Karpov shows up Black's real problem of lost tempi in an open position, and deftly exploits the IQP and open lines to get what he wants.

Apr-26-06  outplayer: At 1973, Gligoric made excellent comments about this game. No one plays like Black did nowadays but I'd like to see more games with Black playing something different from 12...Bh5.
Aug-15-06  KingG: One of Karpov's very best games.
Aug-15-06  periscope: Karpov is an amazing position player!
In the all-time rankings, he has to rate with Kasparov, Fischer and a few others!
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  rodrigochaves: what happens if black had taken the pawn in b2? 20.Qxb2?
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  Gypsy: <rodrigochaves: what happens if black had taken the pawn in b2? 20.Qxb2?>

Then <...21.Nb5 Qc2> (necessary, because of 22.Re2) <22.Qxc2 Bxc2 23.Nc7...> wins an x-change.


On a differnt topic: I am wondering if <28...Rb8> could have given a stiffer defense than the <28...Rd6> did. The position is still grim. But at least there would not be two blind pigs on the 7-th...

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
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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. =)

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  WannaBe: Yes, <tpstar>, I believe, (and I lear'ed this from previous 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.
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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
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  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)
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  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.
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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.
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