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Anatoly Karpov vs Iossif Dorfman
"Where Anat May Drink" (game of the day Jun-23-2013)
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 8, Dec-07
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Sep-30-08  The Bycote: Graham Burgess analyzes this game in "The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games."

He analyzes 28...Bd8!? as follows:

29.e6 fxe6 30.d7+ (30.Rxe6+?! Kd7 31.Qf5 Qxg5 32.Re7+ Kc6!) 30...Kxd7 31.Qb7+ Ke8 32.Qc6+ Kf8 33.Qd6+ Kg7 34.Qe5+ Kg6 35.Qxe6+ Kg7 and white has a draw.

29.d7+ Kxd7 (29...Ke7 30.Qf6+ Kxd7 31.Qxf7+ transposes) 30.Qxf7+ (30.Qb7+ Ke8 31.e6 is the previous line) 30...Kc8 (30...Be7? 31.Rd3+ Kc6 32.Qe6+ Kb5 33.a4+ gives the king luft with tempo and wins easily; 30...Kc6 31.Qe6+ Kb7 32.Qd5+ followed by a3 gives white good attacking chances) 31.a3 and white retains good prospects.

Honestly, Bd8 looks very accurate to me... it's definitely very hard for white to win, if he can.

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  HeMateMe: Today's player of the day, Dorfman, gets a bear hug in his only game against world champion Karpov, 1976.
Sep-30-11  rilkefan: Very nice game by both sides. I especially liked Rdd3, Rhe3, and Q->f3->f5. I feel good about seeing b3, though I suppose it must be obvious - I find Karpov's play esp. hard to predict given its often classical character.
Dec-04-11  indoknight: in this match, Karpov style is looks like Robert James Fischer
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  perfidious: One of Karpov's masterpieces; as Nunn noted, especially worthy of mention is the way White handled all the tactics with a vulnerable back rank.
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  offramp: It's worth remembering Karpov's tic-tac in the opening. He swaps knights on c6 so that black's queen is on c6. Then the sacrifice on d5 is possible because cxd5 attacks the queen and gains one tempo.
Jun-23-13  ZeejDonnelly: I prefer "Dorfman Shuffle"
Jun-23-13  RandomVisitor: 16...Qc5 is a possible improvement for black.
Jun-23-13  sukatma: 13. ... O-O is better than 13. ... b4
Jun-23-13  TrueFiendish: Nice pun again, except Karpov was the elephant, not the gnat...
Jun-23-13  cunctatorg: "Dorfman's Shuffle" or not, this game is so great because shuffled Iosif Dorfman had played his part very well...

Karpov's great tactical skills aren't something strange; it would have been a great micacle if a player of Karpov's titanic calibre wasn't a greatest tactician!!...

Jun-23-13  cunctatorg: By the way, Garry Kasparov had a very high opinion about the abilities of Iosif D. Dorfman...; wow!! ... or rather: wow!!!!
Jun-23-13  Abdel Irada: <perfidious: One of Karpov's masterpieces; as Nunn noted, especially worthy of mention is the way White handled all the tactics with a vulnerable back rank.>

Psychologically, that is very hard to do.

I imagine not a few players, even among the world's strongest, would have hesitated in the face of the temptation to stop and make luft.

Jun-23-13  RandomVisitor: 28...Bd8

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.00] d=23 29.e6 fxe6 30.d7+ Kxd7 31.Qb7+ Kd6 32.Qxa6+ Kc7 33.Qa7+ Kc8 34.Qa8+ Kc7 35.Qa7+ Kc8 36.Qa8+ Kc7 37.Qa7+ Kc8 38.Qa8+ Kc7 39.Qa7+ Kc8 40.Qa8+ Kc7 41.Qa7+ Kc8 42.Qa8+ Kc7 43.Qa7+ Kc8 44.Qa8+

[+0.00] d=23 29.a3 Qxg5 30.e6 fxe6 31.Rxe6+ Kd7 32.Qf7+ Kc6 33.d7+ Kc7 34.Rxa6 Qb5 35.Ra7+ Kb8 36.Qxg8 Kxa7 37.Qxd8 Qf1+ 38.Ka2 Qc4+ 39.Kb1 Qf1+ 40.Ka2 Qc4+ 41.Kb1 Qf1+ 42.Ka2 Qc4+ 43.Kb1 Qf1+ 44.Ka2

[+0.00] d=23 29.d7+ Ke7 30.Qf6+ Kxd7 31.Qxf7+ Kc6 32.Qe6+ Kb7 33.a3 Qxg5 34.Qd5+ Kb8 35.Qd6+ Ka7 36.Qd7+ Kb8 37.Qd6+ Ka7 38.Qd7+ Kb8 39.Qd6+ Ka7 40.Qd7+ Kb8 41.Qd6+ Ka7 42.Qd7+ Kb8 43.Qd6+ Ka7 44.Qd7+

Jun-23-13  RandomVisitor: 16...Qc5 runs into trouble if white responds 17.Bd4:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.80] d=19 17.Bd4 Qxd5 18.Rh3 Ne5 19.Re3 Qc6 20.Bxe5 dxe5 21.Rxe5 Qc7 22.f4 Kf8 23.Qe4 Rb8 24.Re1 Be6 25.f5 Bd6 26.fxe6 Bxe5 27.exf7 Rg7 28.Bc4 Rc8 29.Bxa6 Rd8 30.Qxe5 Qxe5 31.Rxe5 Rd4 32.Rc5

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  Domdaniel: A magnificent pun.
Jun-23-13  thegoodanarchist: <Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. – Indian proverb>

I didn't see it posted anywhere up the page.

Jun-23-13  RandomVisitor: Here's how white might proceed after <sukatma>'s 13...0-0:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.29] d=21 14.Rg1 Qb7 15.h5 b4 16.Na4 Qc6 17.b3 a5 18.Qd2 Ba6 19.Bxa6 Rxa6 20.Qe2 Raa8 21.f3 Nc5 22.g6 hxg6

[+0.24] d=21 14.f4 Nc5 15.a3 Rb8 16.b4 Na4 17.Nxa4 bxa4 18.Rh3 Bd7 19.Rg3 a5 20.bxa5 e5 21.fxe5 dxe5 22.Bxe5 Rb3

[+0.07] d=21 14.Bg2 b4 15.Nd5 exd5 16.exd5 Qa4 17.Qxe7 Nc5 18.Be4 Nxe4 19.Qxe4 Qxa2 20.Qf4 Re8 21.Rde1 Bb7 22.Qxd6 Qc4 23.Qc5 Bxd5 24.Qxc4 Bxc4 25.h5 Be6 26.h6 g6 27.Rh4 a5 28.Bf6 Bf5 29.Rxe8+

Jun-23-13  The Last Straw: Black's defense after the ♘d5 sac was extremely strong, but Karpov was still able to undermine it!
Jun-23-13  RandomVisitor: A final guess of how white might proceed after <sukatma>'s 13...0-0:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.24] d=23 14.Rg1 Qc7 15.a3 Rb8 16.f4 b4 17.axb4 Rxb4 18.f5 Bd8 19.Rg3 Qa5 20.Na2 Ra4 21.b4 Qc7 22.fxe6 fxe6 23.Bh3 Nb6 24.Kb1 a5 25.Bxb6 Qxb6 26.Qc4

[+0.23] d=23 14.a3 Qb7 15.f4 Rb8 16.b4 Re8 17.h5 e5 18.Be3 exf4 19.Bxf4 Ne5 20.Rg1 Be6 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.Rxd5 Qc7 23.Rg3 Rb6 24.Bh3 Bd8

[+0.16] d=23 14.f4 Rb8 15.Rg1 Re8 16.a3 b4 17.axb4 Rxb4 18.f5 Bd8 19.f6 Rxd4 20.Rxd4 Qc5 21.Qd1 Bb6 22.Ne2 Qa5 23.Kb1 Bxd4

Jun-24-13  kevin86: White will win the queen in a few moves.
Jun-24-13  RandomVisitor: After 28...Qxg5 white might have a hard time under best play:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.93] d=25 29.Qc6+ Kf8 30.dxe7+ Qxe7 31.Qh6+ Rg7 32.Re1 Qe6 33.Qh1 Rg6 34.Qxh7 Qxe5 35.Rf1 Qf6 36.Qh3 Qb6 37.Qh8+ Ke7 38.Qh1 a5 39.Qe4+ Re6 40.Qf5 Rf6 41.Qe5+ Re6 42.Qg5+ Kf8 43.Qh5 Qf2 44.Qh8+

[0.00] d=25 29.Re1 Qg4 30.Qc6+ Qd7 31.Qe4 Bd8 32.Qxh7 Qg4 33.e6 Rg7 34.Qh8+ Rg8 35.d7+ Ke7 36.Qh7 Rg7 37.Qh8 Rg8 38.Qh7 Rg7 39.Qh8 Rg8 40.Qh7 Rg7 41.Qh8 Rg8 42.Qh7 Rg7 43.Qh8 Rg8 44.Qh7

[0.00] d=25 29.a3 Bd8 30.e6 fxe6 31.Rxe6+ Kd7 32.Qf7+ Kc6 33.axb4 Rg7 34.Qf3+ Kd7 35.Re1 Kxd6 36.Rd1+ Ke7 37.Re1+ Kd6 38.Rd1+ Ke7 39.Re1+ Kd6 40.Rd1+ Ke7 41.Re1+ Kd6 42.Rd1+ Ke7 43.Re1+ Kd6 44.Rd1+

Jan-09-21  Saniyat24: After Karpov's 30.Qf5 can't Dorfman play 30..Qg1...give up the queen and win the game?
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  OhioChessFan: <San> if 30...Qg1, 31. Qxf7+ sends the Black King running.
Jan-09-21  phantasmagorium: <Saniyat24> It seems that it wouldn't make any real difference after 30... Qg1 31. Rf1 (threatening dxe7 and Qxf7+ simultaneously).
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