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Nigel Short vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1989), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Feb-09-06  who: 14.g4! is a very nice move, but the move I'm most impressed with is 24...Rf5!? Karpov realizes that with tripled pawns there is just no hope of salvation, so he sacs the exchange to get a pawn mass. Of course in the end this turned out to be insufficient, but still very impressive.
Oct-16-08  ToTheDeath: 15...cxd4 16.cxd4 Nc6 17.d5 Na5 looks better, keeping the e5 strong point and preparing queenside play.

17...dxc5? lands Black in a lost position- 17...hxg4! 18.cxd6 Bxd6 19.Nxg4 Rc8 is necessary, with some compensation for a pawn- White's kingside is weakened and the position is wide open.

24...Rf5 is just forced- otherwise 25. Nxg6, Be4, e6 etc. are crushing. From here the conversion to a win is not difficult for Short.

Sep-22-13  ColdSong: A strange present to Short.But well, I've always had the feeling that it's about those years,around 1990 and after, that Karpov's play has turned more and more erratic,for some reasons.8...Bg4 has probably been played to keep his preps secret before the New York Lyon match.

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