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Zoltan Ribli vs Anatoly Karpov
"The Talented Mr. Ribli" (game of the day Mar-27-2007)
Amsterdam IBM (1980), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, Jul-03
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: Location is a big part of thegame of chess. Move the ewo white pawns one file to the right (at move 48) and you would have an almost certain draw.

The ewnding is not zugzwang,but is a winner in post haste:If the black rook moves,♖f7 is mate;If the king moves,♖f7+ would force the exchange of rooks and create a super passed pawn;while a pawn advance would be followed by an exchange and ♖f7-cutting of the black king from any future interference.

Strange,the winning move in all three cases is ♖f7!!!

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  Mateo: <kevin 86> <The ewnding is not zugzwang> Yes it is, because whatever Black plays he loses, but if it is White to play, Black does not lose immediately.
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  fm avari viraf: This is one of the best games of Ribli winning against the former World Champion Karpov. Ribli superbly conducted the middle game as well as the end game where even Karpov could not survive.
Mar-27-07  twin phoenix: wow. it took me a while to understand 40. K-e4. think i see why black dare not take the pawn offered. a subtle move...
Mar-27-07  YouRang: When Karpov played 42...Rh2, he might have assumed white would just exchange pawns, 43. Rxa4 Rxh4, with decent drawing chances for Black. But Ribli found the clever <43. Ra6!> (diagram:black to move):

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If <43...Rxh4?>, then 44. Ne5! threatening the pinned bishop.

If black tries to save the bishop with 44...Ke6, then 45. Nc4 wins it anyway, since the bishop is still pinned.

If black tries to save AND unpin the bishop with 44...Ke7, then 45. Nxg6+ forks and wins the rook.

Karpov saw these hazards, and played <43...Kf7>, but after the ensuing knight-for-bishop exchange, white emerged with a stronger king & rook position than he'd have had he just swapped pawns.

Mar-27-07  Timex: Good endgame technique
Mar-28-07  ALEXIN: <wow. it took me a while to understand 40. K-e4. think i see why black dare not take the pawn offered. a subtle move...> Thanks for explanation ! So 40.Rxf2 is probably prohibed because 41.Knd8 threating mate.
Mar-28-07  twin phoenix: Alexin, yep you got it!
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  gambitfan: Endgame: ♖+♙♙♙ // ♖+♙♙
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  whiteshark: The final e-♙ advantage looks like a guided tour.
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  whiteshark: * advance
Aug-18-08  JonathanJ: 19. Ne5! exchanges bishops and provokes f6 which is really bad for black's pawn structure.
Apr-12-09  returnoftheking: Can someone explain to me why white should have an advantage around move 18, 19? Why would black's a and b pawns be weak?
Jul-04-11  hedgeh0g: <returnoftheking> It's a small edge, to be clear. White's rooks are both on open files, so he can exchange rooks when the time is right and invade with his other one. Also, his king is a bit closer to the centre and Black's 7th rank is open. The combination of these factors give White something to work with.

The black queenside pawns are potentially weak if a white rook gets to the sixth, but I think the main issues are Black's compromised 7th rank and slightly awkward king position.

A brilliant game by Ribli. Talented indeed!

Jul-05-11  notmtwain: Alex Yermolinsky has just posted a great lecture on ICC on this game. It is #4 of his "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows" series. Many things you guys have already covered. One thing I don't see here is appreciation for the three pawn moves 22-24 slowly building up the position.
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  wordfunph: Ribli - Karpov

after 22...g6

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"Karpov offered a draw, I did not accept it."

- GM Zoltan Ribli

* Endgame Virtuoso by Karolyi & Aplin

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  FSR: Someone beat me to the pun - long ago.
Sep-06-15  The Kings Domain: Simple, steady play by Ribli. Karpov had a good attacking position at the start but it went nowhere.
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  diceman: Ribli's "believe it or not."
Sep-06-15  The Kings Domain: diceman: Chessgames could use that in the future. :-)
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  offramp: <diceman: Ribli's "believe it or not.">

<The Kings Domain: diceman: Chessgames could use that in the future. :-)>

...Or they could use it in the past.

Ribli vs Smyslov, 1982

Korchnoi vs Ribli, 1987

Sep-07-15  Howard: This was probably the only LOSS by Karpov that appeared in Endgame Virtuoso.
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  diceman: <offramp: <diceman: Ribli's "believe it or not."> <The Kings Domain: diceman: Chessgames could use that in the future. :-)>

...Or they could use it in the past.>

Wow, they use them more than once.

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  offramp: Yes. Believe it or not.
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 48. Kf6 is mates in 25.
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