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Anatoly Karpov vs Andrew Metrick
"Metrick Missed 'Em" (game of the day Mar-15-2009)
Simul, 43b (1990) (exhibition), Harvard, Cambridge, MA USA, Feb-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0

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Jul-19-05  soberknight: Karpov defeats the Metrick System.
Jul-19-05  aw1988: Harvard Simul- Metrick? Come now...
Mar-15-09  UnsoundHero: 29 Bb6+ wins quicker: If 29...Kc8 30 Rc1. Or 29...Kd7 or Ke8 30 Nf6+ & Nxg8. Or 29...Ke7 30 Qh4+ Kf7 31 Qf6+ Ke8 32 Qxe6+.
Mar-15-09
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  al wazir: Black could have held out longer with 32...Qb4.

White had a surer win by playing 31. Rc1+, and if 31...Nc6 32. Qxe4.

Mar-15-09
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  Once: Do I detect a veiled reference to Pulp Fiction here? Why don't they have quarterpounders in France? Because of the metric system ...
Mar-15-09  blacksburg: <royale> with cheese...mmmmmmmmmmm....
Mar-15-09
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  whiteshark: The Metrick System didn't work out.
Mar-15-09  areknames: <al wazir: Black could have held out longer with 32...Qb4.>

White plays 33.fxe6 anyway and then what?

Mar-15-09
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  Once: I think black is pretty well kippered by move 32.


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White threatens both the Rg7 and the Bf8. Black cannot defend them both. Let's try ...

Moving the bishop just loses to 33. Qxg7

A pass move loses to 33. Qxf8

32...Nd7 33. fe (the game continuation). Now white attacks both the knight and the bishop (and if the bishop moves, the rook falls).

32...Qb4 defends the Bf8, but after 33. fxe6 the Rf1 attacks it again. Black is gonna lose material.

32... Rf7 33. Qg8 and again the bishop is toast.

32...Qa3 and now either 33. fe (Fritz's preference) or 33. Bh6 (my inferior but still winning choice).

A bishop and rook are pretty poor at defending themselves at close quarters. Because they work on separate planes (diagonals and files/ranks), there is no configuration where they are in mutual protection.

Mar-15-09
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  keypusher: <UnsoundHero: 29 Bb6+ wins quicker: If 29...Kc8 30 Rc1. Or 29...Kd7 or Ke8 30 Nf6+ & Nxg8. Or 29...Ke7 30 Qh4+ Kf7 31 Qf6+ Ke8 32 Qxe6+.>

Playing over the game, I was surprised that Karpov missed this. But when I showed it to Shredder, the position turned out to be more complicated than I had realized. 29. Bb6+ Kc8 30. Rc1 Bc5! 31. Ng3 (31. Rxc2 Rg1#) 31....Rg4!. White still wins after 32. Rxc2 Rxf4 33. Bxc5 or 32. Qh6 Qd3 33. Rxc5+, but it is understandable that Karpov preferred the simpler 29. Ng3, which also wins.

An exciting game!

Mar-15-09  patzer2: Though it's only a simul game, Karpov's demolition (sham) exchange sacrifice 19. Rxa6! is an instructive best move.

Black might have put up more resistance with 19...gxf4 20. Qxf4 Qxe5 21. Qxf7 Bc5 22. Rxe6 Bxd4 23. Rxe4 Bxe3+ 24. Kg2 Nxe5 25. Qe6+ Nd7 26. Ba6 Bxa6 27. Qxa6+ Kc7 28. Qd3 when White has a clear but not yet decisive advantage.

Mar-15-09  WhiteRook48: with 31 Qxh7+ the h4-queen goes 4 kilometers
Mar-15-09
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  al wazir: <areknames: [after 32...Qb4] White plays 33.fxe6 anyway and then what?>

<Once: 32...Qb4 defends the Bf8, but after 33. fxe6 the Rf1 attacks it again.>

I agree, it's hopeless. 32...Qb4 only prolongs the agony: 33. fxe6 Rxg3 34. hxg3 Be7.

But if black is going to give up the exchange and play on -- against Karpov! -- it's better to do it right away: 32...Rxg3 33. hxg3 Qe2 34. Rc1+ Nc6. Then the continuation might be 35. Rc1+ (35. Bh6? Qh5+) Nc6 36. Qxf8 Qf3+ 37. Bf2 Qh5+ 38. Kg2 Qf3+ 39. Kg1 e3 40. Qe7+ Kb6 41. Rb1+ Ka6 42. Qa3+ Na5 43. Qd6+ Ka7 44. Qb6+ Ka8 45. Qb8#.

Mar-15-09
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  beatgiant: <patzer2>
After 19...gxf4, why not <20. Bxf4> instead? At first glance, Black can't then take the e-pawn, and White still keeps many threats.
Mar-16-09
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  kevin86: Black pieces look ok-until a pawn capture enters like an angry bull.

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