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Anatoly Karpov vs Angel Martin Gonzalez
Las Palmas (1977), Las Palmas ESP, rd 10, May-20
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: 33...Ke7 34.Qxd6#

(The f7 Knight is pinned)

Dec-31-06  Kottabos: 33. ... Ke7; 34. Ng5. The knight is not pinned but overextended.
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  chancho: <Kottabos> My mistake. I forgot that after 33...Ke7 there is no pin.

Perhaps 33...Ke7 34.Rxf7+ Nxf7 35.Qf6+ Kd7 36.Qxf7+ Kc6 37.Rxd6+ Kxd6 38.Qxb7 is the way to go.

Nov-30-15  Ulhumbrus: 27 Bxf6!! offers a bishop in return for two pawns and a winning attack
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  perfidious: Hardly one, though, that Black can refuse; he is simply out a pawn with a wretched position if he does not take what is on offer--though the forcing process which spun out in the game was no bed of roses for him.
Nov-30-15  Everett: An underestimated Richter-Rauzer response to the Dragon. Karpov used it to good effect in 1977.
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  perfidious: <Everett> One wonders whether Karpov had a crisis of confidence in his favourite Yugoslav Attack, for only in that year did he not play the Yugoslav:

Nov-30-15  Retireborn: <perfidious> Perhaps he was keeping his powder dry, so to speak, in case Korchnoi tried it (again) in the 1978 match? That didn't happen, of course, so the subsequent game against Sosonko may be something he had prepared.
Dec-01-15  Howard: Karpov's Strategic Wins (Volume 1) analyzes that Sosonko win in great detail, plus it alludes to the Gonzales game, as well.
May-24-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: An important detail: 33...Ke7 34. Ng5 Nxg6? 35. Rxf7+ Kd8 36. Rxd6+ Qd7 37. Rdxd7#.

Or even: 34... Kd8 35. Nxf7+ Nxf7 36. Rxf7 Re7 37. Rxd6+ Ke8 38. Qg8#.

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