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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Anatoly Karpov
Milan (1975), Milan ITA, rd 3, Aug-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Center Attack (C84)  ·  0-1



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Nov-02-03  tud: Endgame. Karpov. Look how bishops of different colours don't draw the game because ut's Karpov. Starting move 30 it's a great endgame. Where did Ljuba fail ? Starting move 46 it's artistical.
Nov-02-03  drukenknight: Umm, maybe this is dumb question but why didnt black simply queen the pawn on the last move?
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  Sneaky: DK, that would spell a LOT more work for Black, if Black could even win at all.

It's the classic stalemate resource with King's and bishop pawn: 57...a1=Q 58.Kxe6 Qh6+ 59.Kd7 Qd3+ 60.Kc6 Qc4+ 61.Kb7 Qb5+ 62.Ka8 Qc6+ 63.Kb8 Qb6+ 64.Ka8! and now if ...Qxc7 it's stalemate.

Even in that position, though, Black might play Qxh6 at some point and try to win a Q+P vs Q+PP ending, that's what I meant by "a LOT more work."

Nov-02-03  drukenknight: you know I thought white had won the game. duh. So where did white mess this up? I'm thinking that he should have sacked the B much earlier in the game.
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  Eggman: 57...a1=Q would indeed win, but of course why bother?
Apr-05-06  micartouse: The opposite color bishop ending starting at move 25 looks about as drawish as it gets, but Black generates a ridiculous amount of play for such a simplified position.

Black moves a5, b6, and keeps the king at e6 to almost stalemate the White bishop.

33. g4? is a mistake. 33 ... Bd1 pins the f3 and g4 pawns together and completely immobilizes White's king.

Moves 41-43 by the Black bishop are a demonstration of power; Black has time to reposition this bishop any way he wants before the decisive sacrifice. Cool endgame.

Apr-05-06  euripides: Another Black winning try fails, I think, by 57...a1=Q 58 Kxe6 Qa6+ 59 Kd7 Kc3 60 c8=Q+ Qxc8+ 61 Kxc8 Kd4 62 Kd7 Ke4 63 Ke6 Kxf4 64 Kf6 ! Kg4 65 Kg7 f4 66 Kxh7 f3 67 Kg7 f2 68 h7 f1=Q 69 h8=Q.

But not 65 Kf7? Kg5 66 Kg7 f4 66 Kxh7 f3 67 Kg7 f2 68 h7 f1=Q 69 h8=Q Qf6+ 70 Kg8 Qe6+ 71 Kf8 Qc8+ 72 Kg7 Qd7+ 73 Kf8 Qd8+ 74 Kg7 Qe7+ 75 Kg8 Kg6 winning. The trick for Black is to keep his queen in contact with g6 to prevent Kh7 and Qg7+. If 67 Kg8 Black will have 69...Qc4+ with the same idea.

I guess Karpov, if he needed to, would have seen all this in a flash.

Apr-05-06  Granite: White messed up by agressively trading into an endgame against Karpov. Looking at the position after move 13, black is already way ahead in development and has much more control of the center. White has already lost his advantage and in my opinion, Black already has the advantage here. This is probably why White jumped at the chance for a bishops of opposite colour endgame.

As for improvements, 29. Bf8 is a weak threat and I wouldn't have played it. It just gives the Black and excuse to get his pawns off the light square and limits the mobility of the piece.

That being said though, Karpov wins based on tempo, he has more time and that gives him the edge in queening his pawns, which wins him the game. By move 13, we can see White's already hurting in 'move time', so he was probably lost by then anyway.

Feb-17-12  Uvulu: How does 47.axb4 lose?
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  Sastre: 47.axb4 c3 48.Bxc3 a3 49.bxa3 Kxc3 .
Jul-26-12  vinidivici: I think whats makes ljubojevic lost is the move 34th. 34.Ke4 is a dubious move.

He should arrange the pawns in the king side to all black square, preventing white squared bishop to threat later in the game. So the better move is 34.g5.

Its important bcoz black would threat the queen side sooner or later with the a pawn addition. And better not to disturb again with the king side.

Make all the case worse is 35.h5. Another very dubious move while Ljubojevic supposed to do EXACTLY the opposite thing.

May-24-16  tigreton: I can't help praising the beautiful technique of Karpov. The march of the King to c2 (to promote its future passed pawns and blockade the enemy King) and the route of the bishop to b3 (to blockade the b2 pawn and so disturb the white bishop -also from c4 if this pawn captured on c3), show a nice precission.
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  nezhmet: 18. b4! trying to make use of the deformed queenside pawns. Don't rush to trade rooks.
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