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Anatoly Karpov vs Murray Chandler
Bath TV-A (1983), Bath ENG, Nov-??
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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  Benzol: 28.Bg2? "This could have been a fatal mistake, played when Karpov had only two minutes left and myself one. 28.Bxe4 Bxe4 29.Qf2 is still mucky." - Chandler. "Here is the postion where Black has the incredible 28...Qxh2! 29.Kxh2 Nxg3! threatening 30...Nxe2 discovered check. I analysed it as much as my time would allow, but ultimately rejected it on the grounds that one cannot sacrifice a queen for two pawns on intuition - there must be a flaw! In post mortem analysis, however, Karpov and I failed to find a defence, e.g. 30.Qa6 Ne2 dis ch 31.Rf4 Bxf4 ch 32.exf4 g3 ch! 33.Kh1 Rh6 ch 34.Bh3 Be4 ch and ...Rh3 will mate. Karpov's amazing try 30.Qb5 (planning 30...Ne2 dis ch 31.Qxb8!) fails to 31...Rh6 ch and then 32...cxb5. Back to real life, however..." - Chandler.
Nov-04-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: This was an exhibition game for TV; Chandler replaced another GM who dropped out at the last minute.

The players would have been encouraged by the producers to make the game interesting, and if Chandler had played the queen sac on move 28, the audience would certainly have got great value for their TV licences.

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  offramp: After Karpov's 28.Bg2

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poor Murray did indeed miss the chance of one of the most spectacular wins ever against a world champion.

28... Qxh2+ 29. Kxh2 Nxg3 30. Qa6

(Karpov's post mortem idea of 30. Qb5 does indeed hold out longer - but would he have seen it during the game?)

30... Ne2+ 31. Rf4 Bxf4+ 32. exf4 g3+ 33. Kh1 Rh6+ 34. Bh3 Be4+ 35. Ng2 Rxh3#

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  keypusher: Thanks for these posts, benzol and offramp -- I was totally unaware of this game.
Aug-31-06  Kwesi: Karpov has an incredible +11-0=1 score against the QGD Tarrasch in this database (!), but he was slightly lucky not to have been beaten here.
Jul-27-09  newzild: Rybka spots 28...Qxh2+ 29.Kxh2 Nxg3 30.Qb5 Rh6+ almost instantly, leading to a line where black is up two pawns.

Sometimes you've got to hate the silicon monsters...

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  offramp: Knowing that this was just a TV Master Game frippery makes me more astonished that the New Zealander didn't give the queen sacrifice a punt.
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  Richard Taylor: He was in time trouble but he simply couldn't believe it...he rejected it "..on the grounds that one cannot sacrifice a queen for two pawns on intuition - there must be a flaw! In postmortem analysis, however, Karpov and I failed to find a defence...Karpov's amazing try 30. Qb5 (planning 30...Ne2 dis ch 31. Qxb8!) fails to 31...Rh6 ch and the cxb5. ..."

He saw the sacrifice but freaked out as he was playing Karpov. I recall when he wrote about it.

I once asked him if (he had played a nice combination winning against IM Russell Dive in 2008) GMs or he ever played on intuition, and if he had calculated every move. He had and no, he didn't. Which is perhaps what is wrong. Tal would have (possibly) gone for it.

And sometimes, in time pressure, things look different. On move 28. he says "Karpov had only two minutes left and myself one...."

He wrote this in the NZ Listener in 1984 or so, I remember the game being in (although not the details of it) and I kept clippings of Chandlers column in that New Zealand Listener.

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  Richard Taylor: It looks as though Benzol kept a file of them also.
Apr-04-18  newzild: Move 28... would make a good Saturday puzzle.
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  whiteshark: <28.Bg2 Qxh2+ 29.Kxh2 Nxg3 30.Qb5 Ne2+ 31.Qxb8 Rh6+>

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White to move

1) -3.07 (28 ply) 32.Bh3 Rxh3+ 33.Kg2 Rxb8 34.Rxf5 Nxc1 35.Rf4 Rh6 36.Rf2 c5 37.Bxc5 Ra6 38.Kg3 Nxa2 39.Kxg4 Rxb3 40.Rh2 Nb4 41.Bd4 f6 42.Nf3 Nc6 43.Bxf6 Rxe3 44.Kf4 Re4+ 45.Kf5 Ne7+ 46.Kg5 Kf7 47.Rh7+ Ke8 48.Ne5 Ng8 49.Nd7 Ra2

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

= = =

I'm impressed by White's defence resource ♕e2-b5xb8. I surely would have missed it and it would have knocked me out, especially in huge time pressure.

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  OhioChessFan: "The Big Sleep"
Jun-04-21  ulyssesganesh: Dear Calvinist, sorry i differ, it was not a mere exhibition game ... and karpov and chandler played a serious game ... the BBC TV chess tmt., was a very serious, highly competitive affair..

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