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Murray Chandler vs Anatoly Karpov
Reykjavik World Cup (1991), Reykjavik ISL, rd 15, Oct-12
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-01-04  InspiredByMorphy: Interesting game! Karpov played very well, and it looks like he should win by move 111, but unfortunately his king is on the wrong side of the board.
Nov-17-18  Howard: According to Karpov (in the Informant), 73...Nf4! would have won.

This particular endgame...

a) four pawns vs three all on the same side of the board

b) where the stronger side has a knight against the other side's bishop

c) add in a pair of rooks, as well

...doesn't occur very often. As I understand it, it's usually a win for the stronger side, but it's very difficult.

One cardinal rule is that the stronger side should NOT trade any pieces unless he sees a clear-cut winning line.

An often-cited example of how to win this endgame is Portisch-Prithett 1978.

Nov-17-18  Howard: Correction: that's Portisch-Pritchett, 1978.

Another example, incidentally, is Yanofsky-Fischer, 1962 except in that marathon, it was three pawns vs two rather than 4 vs. 3.

The stronger side (and the stronger player) won that one, too.

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  offramp: <Howard>, the first game is Portisch vs C W Pritchett, 1978 and the second one is Yanofsky vs Fischer, 1962.
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