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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Anatoly Karpov
World Master Tournament (1982), Turin ITA, rd 1, Jun-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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May-13-06  zev22407: After 45)R-b6 black is in zugzvang
Feb-19-09  laskereshevsky: this is the first ever victory of Ljubo over Karpov.

Prior of this game, from 1973 to 1981 they meet 16 times, with the score of:

+10 =6 -0 in the Uralian's player favour...

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  Honza Cervenka: Ljubo has played here like Karpov.
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  boz: Well said Honza. Beautiful game.
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  OhioChessFan: After 21 moves, White's space advantage is considerable. But Black is Karpov, who has always been comfortable in such positions. But Ljubo squeezed the life out of the position. As <Honza> suggested, you'd guess the players were reversed.
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  nizmo11: Excellent game from Ljubo. This said, checking these kind of seemingly smooth wins with computer often results to bad feelings. Here Stockfish 15 suggests 28...Be6! with equality.

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Karpov may have rejected this because of 29.Ng5 Qg7 30.Qxg7+ Kxg7 31.Nxe6+ Rxe6 32.Rab1 is good for White.
But Black can play 28...Be6! 29.Ng5 Bxc4 30.Qxh7+ Kf8, for followed by Ke7, and King is fine in the center.
Maybe on a good day Karpov would have seen this, this is similar to his famous game with Kamsky.
Stockfish also claims that the decisive mistake was 33...f6, and Black should have tried 33...Qf8 34.Qxf8 Kxf8 35.Rb6 Ke7. (+0.65 at depth 39). This I find more difficult to believe.

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