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Anatoly Karpov vs Craig William Pritchett
Olympiad Qualifying Group 1 (1974), Nice FRA, rd 1, Jun-07
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1-0



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Nov-12-04  WMD: Donaldson and Tangborn's The Unknown Bobby Fischer reproduce a Fischer letter to 'Larry Evans on Chess' which appeared in the January 1975 Chess Life and Review:

'I have another question. I'm sure I'm wrong, but in Karpov-Pritchett, Nice Olympiad 1974, this position was reached.

Pritchett played 22...exf4? and eventually lost. Doesn't 22...Ne2+! bust White? For example 23.Rxe2 Bxe2 24.Qxe2 Qxc4 and if 25.Bf1? Qd4+. Or if 24.Nxe5 Rd1+ (or 24...Bd3! (less effective is 24...Bxc4 25.Be3) 25.Nxd3 Rxd3 and Black's initiative is decisive. Better in this line is 25.Be3 Bxe4, though hopeless for White in the long run) 25.Kf2 Bxc4 26.Qc2 (best) Qb6+! 27.Be3 (or 27.Kf3? Rxe5 Be3 Rxa1! etc.) 27...Rxa1 28.Bxb6 Ra2 29.Qxa2 Bxa2 with a won endgame for Black.

By the time this is published my analysis may have appeared elsewhere under a different name, because I've shown it to a few people. Please show me what I've overlooked.

Regards, Bobby.'

Nov-12-04  sneaky pete: "Well, I was short of time, but that is hardly an excuse for missing 22... Ne2+ 23.Rxe2 Bxe2 24.Qxe2 Qxc4 25.Bf1 .. - what else? 25... Qd4+ and wins. 24.Nxe5 Bxc4 is better but hardly good enough." Pritchett in the tournament book by Keene and Levy, which appeared in 1975, but the copy was submitted to Batsford July 1974, according to the preface. Did Pritchett tap RJF's brainwaves, did someone show the proofs of the book to RJF, or did two great minds make the same discovery independent from each other more or less simultaneously? If internet and had existed in 1974, which kibitzer would have been the first to post <black should have played 22... Ne2+ winning>?
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  vonKrolock: Pritchett saw the harder to see, the sacrifice 18...d3!!, and missed a simple check that wins the exchange... I believe that he realized his mistake still DURING the game, or immediately afterwards. Fischer's line contains the striking 26...Qb6!!, but the whole thing is already a consequence of a somewhat awkward arrangement of forces displayed by Anatoli Evguenievich (that Queen in b2, for instance...)

Games like this do not encouraged the FISHERMAN to go Manila angle some CARPS in 1975... What a pity!

Mar-08-12  King Death: This variation with 6.g3 was very popular back then but very often Black tried 7...Ne5 instead.

It's too bad that Pritchett missed his chance to take down a top GM, those players usually don't even give you that!

Mar-08-12  Capabal: <WMD: Donaldson and Tangborn's The Unknown Bobby Fischer reproduce a Fischer letter to 'Larry Evans on Chess' which appeared in the January 1975 Chess Life and Review:

'I have another question. I'm sure I'm wrong, but in Karpov-Pritchett, Nice Olympiad 1974, this position was reached.>

There is a book of problems titled Blunders and Briliances by Ian Mullen and Moe Moss where the position appears. It says that after the game Fischer called Pritchett from New York to explain how he could have won from that position and they say that "this to his chagrin, Pritchett had already discovered himself". They line they give is 22...Ne2+ 23.Rxe2 Bxe2 24.Qxe2 Qxc4 25.Bf1 Qd4+

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  Sally Simpson: Hi,

No phone call I'm afraid.

Craig Pritchett wrote in the ECF Forum on Wednesday, 3rd August 2011.

" Tony Saidy, who visited the Olympiad as a spectator (and who features prominently in the recent doumentary film Bobby Fischer Against the World) delivered the news personally to me that Fischer had shown him my missed win against Karpov about a week or so into the Olympiad."

Oct-13-16  ewan14: Fischer was still following chess in 1974
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  offramp: I think this is Fischer's main line as given years ago by <WMD>.

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22... Ne2+ 23. Rxe2 Bxe2 24. Nxe5

<(24. Qxe2 Qxc4 25. Bf1 Qd4+)>

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24... Rd1+

<(24... Bd3 25. Nxd3 <(25. Be3 Bxe4)> 25... Rxd3)>

25. Kf2 Bxc4

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<(The threat is 26...Rxe5 27. fxe5 Ng4+ 28. Kf3 Nxe5+ 29. Ke3 Qb6+ 30. Kf4 Qh6+ 31. Kxe5 Qf6# YES! It's a> goodanarchist <mate!)>

26.Qc2 Qb6+ 27. Be3

<(27. Kf3 Rxe5 28. Be3 Rxa1)>

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27... Rxa1 28. Bxb6 Ra2 29. Qxa2 Bxa2.

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  offramp: Perhaps Fischer was interested in this game because he considered Pritchett a future challenger.
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  perfidious: <sneaky pete....If internet and had existed in 1974, which kibitzer would have been the first to post <black should have played 22... Ne2+ winning>?>

Cannot say for certain, but <someone> would have without doubt, probably concluding that they spotted the win in a nanosecond.

Hail, man, Ah woulda seen thet win in a shake! Ah am great!

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  WorstPlayerEver: Well, I do not know any other opponent of Karpov whom Fischer tried to contact. So Karpov must've been very good ;)
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  Honza Cervenka: 22.f4 was too optimistic. But after 22.Nc5 with intention to play Nb3 white seems to be ok.

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