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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1974), Moscow URS, rd 11, Oct-11
Queen's Indian Defense: Anti-Queen's Indian System (E17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: Edit: OM*G First?
Aug-24-16  Howard: This game was extensively analyzed by Timman in The Art of Chess Analysis.

Actually, I'm a bit surprised that hardly anyone has posted any comments on it yet.

Apr-20-19  offramp: I, too, would like to add my voice to those of <whiteshark>, <(OM*G First?)> and <Howard>, <(I'm a bit surprised that hardly anyone has posted any comments on it yet)>, in having a right good old kvetch about why only 2 people have posted comments on this game.

Unlike those august kibitzers, I have decided to <actually> make some comments on this actual game.

I do not have access to Timman's comments in his epic book <Het Groote Analysengeboek> so I am relying the analysis of a Mephisto II computer running on Windows 2.5 computer with 128k of RAM.

Unless someone manages to get in quickly, the comments will appear <in my next post on this game>.

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  whiteshark: <offramp: I am relying the analysis of a Mephisto II computer running on Windows 2.5 computer with 128k of RAM. Unless someone manages to get in quickly, the comments will appear <in my next post on this game>.>

I've already noted the date Sept. 28, 2021, ± 45 days.

Apr-20-19  offramp: Karpov gets hanging pawns, but he likes them. I suppose most players have their personal favourite pawn weaknesses. Carlsen likes doubled pawns; Smyslov and Spassky liked tripled pawns; Kasparov never minded having an IQP...

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Here Karpov played 18...Ba4, and after 19.b3 he returned with 19...Bc6. That is probably a waste of time: but it does stop the white knight going to b3.
Karpov's pawns become - is the word <unhung>? Korchnoi manages to complicate the position:

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White threatens 33.Qxe6. It looks like Black simply has to deal with that threat and then the c-pawn is doomed.
Black plays 32...Bd5, and finds that after 33.Nc4 he cannot capture the pawn.
There follows an interesting endgame.

May-20-22  K Any: I really like 63...Kc6 letting a second pawn go. With 64...Bd4 Karpov shows how weak those two extra pawns are.

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