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Anatoly Karpov vs Artur Yusupov
"Anatoly can Drink" (game of the day Jul-31-2016)
55th USSR Championship (1988), Moscow URS, rd 9, Aug-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Apr-24-04  acirce: 16. d5! is an excellent positional pawn sacrifice.
Jul-08-04  PivotalAnorak: Tolya opens up the centre and gives up castling... Also,note the forced manoeuvre (moves 18-22) to put the Q from e3 to the powerful square d4... One of Karpov's very best games, IMHO
Jul-08-04  Lawrence: Hi <PivotalAnorak>, welcome to the site. Nice name.
Jul-09-04  PivotalAnorak: Thx Lawrence. A little confession: I did NOT find this anagram myself :-)
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  tpstar: I = a top rank viola
Y = nooky lava trap
Nov-16-05  Poisonpawns: One of the greatest demonstations of exploiting dark square weakness ever!This game is almost perfect chess by Karpov
Feb-16-07  syracrophy: Obviously not 9...♕xe7?? because of the awesome 10.♘xd5! as in the game Kotov vs Petrosian, 1949
Feb-16-07  Billy Ray Valentine: There are only two games in the database with the position reached after Black's 9th move (Kxe7). I would tend to believe this is not a particularly favorable opening for black.

The other game in the database is:

I Novikov vs M Brodsky, 1996

Of course, White won this game also.

Feb-07-08  arsen387: I am far from being an openings' expert but seems like c6 here was the first mistake. Rarely you can see that a small error in the opening is punished so bitterly! Bravo Karpov!!
Feb-07-08  euripides: 8.e4 is first found in this database in

Timman vs Short, 1987

It looks as if 8...Nxe4 is not a very good response. After 8...dex4 Karpov was happy enough with Black's position to play it in the same tournament:

Eingorn vs Karpov, 1988

Aug-21-08  ToTheDeath: This is about as flawless a game as you're ever going to see a human play. Relentless pursuit of the initiative.
Aug-21-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Hey ToTheDeath thanks for reminding me about this game, I won't pretend I understand even half of the moves karpov plays but the exploitation of the black weaknesses makes this a truly artistic game.

Am I right in thinking black cannot prevent white playing Re8-g8-g7? looks crushing.

Aug-21-08  ToTheDeath: Yes pushing the d pawn loses to Rg8-g7.

<23. h4!!> is a classy move, activating the rook on h1, giving the knight a post on g5 and threatening the queen with traps like g4 and Be2.

Aug-21-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Of 16. d5! Karpov says 'Here I spent nearly an hour in thought, but for such a move one does not begrudge spending time! As a result of this powerful breakthrough in the centre, for the sacrificed pawn White obtains an important outpost at d4 and scope on the dark square-diagonals for his queen.'
Sep-29-09  birthtimes: Tal provides strikingly illuminating annotations regarding moves 16-35 in his monumental book, "Attack With Mikhail Tal."
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  Albertan: This game was voted to be the best game of Chess Informant 46.The eco code of this game is wrong .It should be ECO:D36 not ECO D31.
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  Albertan: This game was voted best game in Chess Informant 46.
Aug-29-12  DerDeux: Karpov discusses this game ..
Oct-10-12  Naniwazu: I feel sorry for Yusupov..Karpov shows no mercy! Such is chess :)
Mar-28-13  csmath: <I feel sorry for Yusupov..Karpov shows no mercy!>

Typical of Yusupov, he prepared novelty for Karpov and without chess engine the novelty was not fully examined, meaning it had holes. Once OTB Karpov played simply by his superior positional instict and managed to overcome the tricks in the novelty which left Yusupov with nothing.

Few more errors and Karpov crashes in.
Looks like Karpov was particularly proud of 23. h4! move.

Feb-22-14  zev22407: Interesting is 23)..Q-f6 24)Q-b4+ K-d8 and now on 25)Qxb7 Qxf3!! 26)g2Xf3?? B-h3+ and mate
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  Fusilli: Yusupov: 15 king moves.
Karpov: 1 king move.
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  yiotta: What a game! Karpov dominated Yusopov with 12 wins, 1 loss, and 15 draws in classical games; and Yusopov was ranked #3 in the world at one time.
Jul-25-16  tonsillolith: This is the kind of game I most love playing! Where my opponent is thoroughly miserable the entire game.

I feel so gleeful when I know my opponent is miserable.

Jul-31-16  knight knight: Thanks <DerDeux> for the YouTube link! :-)

(Btw the video claims Black resigned after 43. Re8, thus 43... d4 wasn't played.)

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