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Jose Garcia Padron vs Anatoly Karpov
Las Palmas (1977), Las Palmas ESP, rd 4, May-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Nimzowitsch Line (E18)  ·  0-1



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May-10-08  Jesspatrick: Karpov's demonstrates extreme poise in this game. For example, 22...Rf8 as much as admits that Black's got nothing more on the Kingside and must seek his fortune elsewhere. Part and parcel of this admission is the inevitable fall of the Black b-pawn, which Garcia could have taken safely at many points along the way.
Sep-07-13  wellsometimes: Maybe Garcia could have taken safely the Black b-pawn, but the capture would have been a consequence of 20.Rd6. Precisely that move allowed the fall of White's f-pawn, by means of a simple but effective "petite combinaison" based on the defenseless of White's rook placed at d6. After that, it seems that White's king gets more exposure. I'm a patzer and such things may be standard along games on this opening, but the trick always delights.
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  woldsmandriffield: A far from convincing game. Having played 20..Rxf2 with the idea of exploiting the loose Rd6 Karpov inexplicably failed to follow up with 22..Nd3! with the exact same idea.

Spurning the draw, Black risked defeat. Garcia's 29 h3! was excellent (tempting was 29 Rb5 but 29..Qd4 gives full compensation). In the game, 31 Rb5 or 31 b3 would have left Karpov in serious trouble.

Garcia lost because he misjudged 32 Ng4? Qxe2!

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