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Anatoly Karpov vs Ian Rogers
"Buck Rogers" (game of the day Dec-06-2012)
Bath TV-A (1983), Bath ENG, Nov-??
Scandinavian Defense: Lasker Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Apr-08-05  acdc: Can people provide some analysis for this game - its so complicated.
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  tamar: 18 Be1!! Karpov in a Nutshell:

It clears away the path in front of the c pawn while guarding the f pawn.

He wrote: "The paradoxical nature of this idea greatly appealed to me: it would seem that White should be on the offensive, and yet it is by retreating a piece to the back rank that he wins the game." Chess at the Top 1979-1984

May-05-09  HAPERSAUD: I hate the scandinavian defence and love seeing it demolished :P good one Karpov
May-05-09  Marmot PFL: I remember seeing this game in the 80s, and liked the white rook lift to the 3rd rank, when otherwise it would seem he is just weakening his kingside.
May-05-09  blacksburg: this is one of those games that caused Rogers to stop playing ...Bg4. ...Bf5 is now played in the mainline.

don't play ...Bg4 in this opening unless you're ready to play ...Bxf3. otherwise, the bishop is just a target.

May-02-10  aktajha: Who is this Karpov guy throwing forward pawns like he's an amateur? Amazing way of playing against the Scandinavian
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  HeMateMe: what an odd set up. Is this covered in Karpov's book "The Open Game in Action"?
Jun-22-12  mccarthpm: karpov wins a piece early and it is over quickly
Jun-24-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Bucked Rogers


Dec-06-12  bengalcat47: <LoveThatJoker> Or the cartoon equivalent of Buck Rogers, Duck Dodgers, played by Daffy Duck!
Dec-06-12  xthred: I hate the Scandinavian Defense. Happy to see it crushed.
Dec-06-12  King Sacrificer:

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When i saw <22. b4>, i was surprised as Black has three pieces including queen in the middle of the board and this much of open space could cause trouble for White king. Then i checked threats and saw that every single square was actually defended by one or two White pieces. Good game Karpov..

Dec-06-12  Shams: They were playing for a date with this woman:
Dec-06-12  Abdel Irada: A "Karpovian" classic: White's positional domination by the middlegame is absolute, and, as almost always, Karpov's pieces and critical squares all just "happen" to be more than adequately defended.
Dec-06-12  whiteshark: <HAPERSAUD/xthred>

Let no opening pull you so low as to hate it... ;D

Dec-06-12  amateur1971: I can't believe it's Karpov! Played so lively.
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  Honza Cervenka: 10.Rh3 and 18.Be1 are quite memorable moves. I saw this game in the Chess Informant when I was a kid and I was much impressed by Karpov's play then. Still I am.
Dec-06-12  kevin86: If black was Aaron Rogers,he would have been sacked.
Dec-06-12  schnarre: ...I loved Karpov's 10. Bh3! Throughout the game he plugs every gap & exploits his opponent's weak points. With 21. c4, it was all over but the crying!
Dec-06-12  PolishPentium: Curious, is PP: would not 16...Nxc3 by Rogers have made Karpov's life much more difficult? Seems that no matter how K recaptured, he would be unable to castle--- (pawn takes, the q-side seems too exposed // rook takes, then Black Q takes b2 seems to lead to the loss of a White rook). Of course, since my posted analyses in the past have all seemed to be riddled with error, no doubt i'm missing something. But would anyone be willing to point out what is the best White follow-up to the aforementioned 16... Nxc3? Thanks.
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  Fusilli: <PolishPlentium> Good question. Moving the pieces around, I came up with this line:

16...Nxc3 17.bxc3 (threatens c4) c5 18.c4 Bc6 19.d5 Bd7

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20.Nxf7! Kxf7 21.dxe6+ Bxe6 22.g6+ Ke7 22.Bh3 white is winning. Not sure if Black can insert some meaningful Qb4+ or Qb2 somewhere, but it seems White has safe responses.

Rogers must have concluded that it was best to keep the bishop in c3 blocking its own c-pawn.

Sep-12-13  parisattack: Quite aggressive play by Karpov! But he did do more than his share of rook-lifts in his games.

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