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Lubomir Kavalek vs Anatoly Karpov
Montreal (1979), Montreal CAN, rd 9, Apr-21
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  0-1



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Dec-30-07  popski: 41...Ne2+
Nov-08-10  lefthandsketch: fantastic comments on this game here:
Sep-29-13  Ulhumbrus: Karpov's hanging pawns become a weapon while White's w pawn becomes a target
Jul-08-16  RookFile: Karpov used to say, you don't just sacrifice a piece - "Where's the mate?". When in doubt, don't do it.
Jul-11-16  Howard: Yes, that link that lefthandsketch provided, does have some good annotations to this game.

Kavalek was dead last after the first half of this double-round robin, but then in the second half, he had the most points of anyone---6.5/9 ! Not even Karpov scored that many (losing to Larsen in the second half).

Talk about a fantastic second-half comeback.

Apr-20-17  Kafelnikov64: Annotations provided by Lefthandsketch have been really useful for me. Also I find his blog quite interesting.
Apr-20-17  cunctatorg: What a complete player that Karpov was/is; a profound strategist, a strongest tactician, a lethal attacker and a bold defender!!

By the way, this is a rare occasion where Karpov defends the black side of a Ruy Lopez not with his favorite Closed Variation but with his arch-rival's weapon, the Open one! Obviously he had studied that variation of the Ruy Lopez so intensively and thoroughly during the past years (...) that he felt sure he could manage Kavalek in a super-tournament as good as with his favorite variation.

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  whiteshark: "As the game came close to adjournment, Kavalek sealed his move 41.Re5, but resigned in view of simple 41...Ne2+"

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