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Anatoly Karpov vs Jonathan Speelman
Reykjavik World Cup (1991), Reykjavik ISL, rd 1, Sep-23
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
May-14-05  aw1988: Here's a nice one by Karpov.
May-14-05  Schwartz: You're right, this game is pretty cool. What do you think of the opening up to 12.Ne5?
May-14-05  aw1988: Well, I'm not a great French expert; I know a little of it to be sufficient. I think it was played fine... although I personally would have been less sharp.
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  Richard Taylor: Good game by Karpov
May-02-10  Albertan: It is interesting to note that GM Ian
Rogers in his analysis of this game in Chess Informant gives Speelman's 19th move of 19...Rxd1 a !. However, Deep Rybka 3 indicates that the move 19...Rxd1 is at best dubious or even a ? due to Karpov's 20.Nxh6!

Instead GM Rogers missed that Speelman could play:

19....Nxe4 and hold the position:

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ie...19... Nxe4 20. Nxd8 Bxh4 21. Nxb7 Bxf2+ 22. Kf1 Bxe1 23. Kxe1 Rf8

Chess programs have come a long way since 1991!

May-02-10  Albertan: The move 12...h6 was an improvement for black after Rogers had been crushed by Tal when he played 12...b6?!:

Tal vs I Rogers, 1991

Aug-21-11  hedgeh0g: 17.Nxf7!! was a very well-calculated shot by Karpov. With best play, Black could probably have salvaged a draw, but the number of hanging pieces must have made it very difficult to feel confident about anything.

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