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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Anatoly Karpov
Dubai Olympiad (1986), Dubai UAE, rd 5, Nov-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C90)  ·  1-0



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  OlimpBase: AFAIK Karpov' first ever Olympic defeat. Well done, isn't it?
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  Benzol: <OlimpBase> Did you know about this game? Padevsky vs Karpov, 1972
Jul-05-18  Howard: According to NIC magazine, Smyslov pointed out a possible drawing line with 22...d5! which Karpov should have tried.

Karpov played that move one move too late, though.

Jul-05-18  paavoh: 22.- d5 cannot be played. The pawn is already there after 21.cxd5. You must mean some other move?
Jul-05-18  Howard: Uhhhhh.........make that 22...d4! You're right. Need to get another cup of coffee !
Jul-13-19  paulthebox: 22 ... d4 would also leave black in a difficult pawn down endgame: 23 Bxd4 (cxd4? Bb4) exd4 24 Rxe7 dxc3 25 bxc3 (instead of the Smyslov line 25 Qa2 Ne5 26 bxc3 Nf3+! 27 gxf3 (forced) Qg5+ 28 Kh1 Qxe7 29 Nc6 Qe8!) Qxd3 26 Rb4! (pointed out by Ljubo) Rc8 (Qd6 27 Qe1) 27 Rd4! and black cannot take on c3 and exchange knights due to his back rank.
Jul-13-19  paulthebox: The same goes for 22 ... Qxb2 23 Nc6 Qxa1 24 Rexa1 Rxa4 25 Rxa4! Rb1+ (clearly not Re8 26 Nxe7+ Rxe7 27 Ra8+ Nf8 28 Bc5) 26 Kh2 Bd6 27 Ra8+ Nf8 28 Rd8 Bc7 29 Rxd5 e4+ 30 g3 exd3 31 Rxd3. Surprisingly white should not take the BB with check on move 24 or 25 but instead maintain the fork.

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