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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1989), Linares ESP, rd 3, Feb-21
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Bronstein Variation (E55)  ·  0-1

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Aug-11-06  Albertan: The variation used in this game is also known as the Rubinstein variation.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: Black more often plays the move ...d5 on move 5 than 5...c5. By playing ...c5 Karpov creates central tension and prevents Beliavsky from chasing the bishop by 6.a3 followed by 7.b4.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: On move 7 it is more common for Black to continue with the developing move ....Nc6.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: On move 10 the moves 10.Rd1 and 10.d5 are more popular to play than 10.a3.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: The move 10...cxd4 is almost always played by Black in this position. In the game Schroeder-Zuechner, DDR-Cup6 sf03 corr, 1979 Black played 10...Bxc3 and went on to win in 42 moves.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: It is more popular to play the move 11.exd4 than the move Beliavsky chose in the game (11.axb4)
Aug-11-06  Albertan: On move 12 the move 12...Bb7 has also been tried.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: The move 13...Bb7 is the only move I found Black has used in this position in my database.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: Karpov also could have tried playing the move ...e5 on move 18 followed by ...e4 on move 19.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: If Beliavsky had played 20.bxa6 play might have continued: 20...Rxa6 21.Rxa6 Qxa6 22.c4 Ncd7 23.Bxf6 Nxf6 24.Ne5 Qa5 25.f4 Qa3
Aug-11-06  Albertan: Another idea for Black on move 20 is to close the queenside pawn structure by playing 20...a5. A possible continuation is: 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Qb2 f5 23.Qf6 Kh7 24.Ne5 Ne4 25.Qh4 Qc7 26.Nd7 Rd8 27.Qe7 Kg7 28.c5!? Nxc5 29.Qf6+ Kg8 30.Nxc5 Rxd1+ 31.Rxd1 Qxc5 32.Qxh6 Qxb5 33.g4 fxg4 34.Qh4+ with a draw by perpetual check the likely outcome of the game.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: 23...Ne4 creates the threat of 24...Nc3.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: Karpov's 27...bxc5!? is somewhat risky, conceding Beliavksy a dangerous passed pawn. If Karpov had played 27...Qxc5 instead, a possible continuation is: 28.Qa2 Qc1+ 29.Kh2 f5 30.Qe2 Qb1 31.g4 Nc3 32.Qc4 Qb2=
Aug-11-06  Albertan: Karpov could have advanced his pawn on move 29...c4 and play might have continued 30.b6 c3 31.Nxc3 Nxc3 32.Qxc3 Qd6+ 33.f4 Qxb6
Aug-11-06  Albertan: Karpov could have pushed his pawn on move 31...h4 after which play might have continued: 32.Nh5+ Kg6 33.Nf4+ Kg5 34.b6 Qe1 35.Qa3 Nb7 36.Qd3 c4!? 37.Qxc4 Qg3+ with a likely outcome of the game being a draw by perpetual check.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: Beliavsky could have played the move 35.Ne2 (threatening 36.Nf4+ winning.) After 35...e5 36.Nc3 Qd2 37.Na2 Qxb4 38.Nxb4= it would be difficult for either side to make progress.
Aug-11-06  Albertan: Beliavsky's move of 36.Qe7? was a mistake. He should have played 36.Kh3 and after 35...f4!? 36.exf4 Nc5 37.Qb8 Nd7 38.Qg8+ Kf6 39.Qh8+ Ke7 40.Qxh5 c3 41.Qxd5 exd5 42.Nf5+ Kf8 43.Nd4 Nb8 44.Kg3 Nc6 45.Ne2 c2 had good chances for a draw.
Aug-27-11  dakgootje: Thank you for those comments.
Aug-27-11  cunctatorg: One more superb game by Anatoly Karpov!...
Aug-27-11  Petrosianic: You're right, Karpov won this game all right. Thanks for telling us that.

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