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Anatoly Karpov vs Nigel Short
World Team Championship (1989), Lucerne SUI, rd 5, Nov-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Oct-17-08  ToTheDeath: 25.Qd3!? a typical Karpov move. Not 25.hxg4? hxg4 26. Qc3 Bh2+! with a decisive attack down the h file.

The endgame probably could have been held, but Black's biggest problem was his passed pawn was not worth the same as White's.

Jul-12-12  master of defence: How white can win the game after 66.h6 g2 67.Bxg2+ Kxg2 68.h7 f4 69.h8=Q f3? I only see a draw here.
Jul-12-12  rannewman: it's a tablebase win. If the F pawn was f4 black could draw with 65.h6 a2 66.K:a2 g2 67.B:g+ K:B 68. h7 f3. 69 h8=Q f2. With only one pawn left, and on f2, black can draw. with the pawn on f3 white Q can force the black king into f2 and then bring his own king.
Jul-12-12  Shams: <m.o.d.> Analysis diagram of your end position:

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White will approach the Black King with checks. Eventually to protect his f-pawn ...Kf2 is forced, and White has earned a tempo. He can repeat his threats to force ...Kf2 again, earning more tempi. With these tempi he takes the a3-pawn and then waddles his King back to give mate.

The stalemate trick is only 'on' once the pawn reaches c2 in these endings.

Jul-13-12  master of defence: <Shams> I think you´re wrong. If after 70.Qg7+ Kf1 white only has sucessive checks.
Jul-13-12  Shams: <m.o.d.> You're right that I'm wrong-- I missed 70...Kf1 in that line. Fortunately for White the King is close enough that he wins anyway: 71.Kc3 f2 72.Kd3 a2 73.Qa1+ Kg2 74.Ke2 1-0.
Jul-14-12  rannewman: Or you just play 70.Qg8+ insted of Qg7..
Jul-14-12  Shams: <rannewman> Even simpler.

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