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Anatoly Karpov vs Joel Lautier
"Amen Corner" (game of the day Jul-17-2019)
Biel (1992), Biel SUI, rd 1
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0

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Dec-25-03  bunti: This game is a great example of karpov exploiting the weakness of black's blocked light squared bishop. The 18th move Bf3 is a great way for white to prevent black from freeing his bishop. He even allows black's queen to capture a pawn so he can continue blocking the bishop. He squeezed out a win in a game where he was guaranteed no worse than a draw by the end of the middlegame.
Jul-26-05  rochade18: 23.b3 is an invitation! I don't think that Lautier would eat the pawn on a2 if Karpov played b4 instead of b4.

37.g4 and white wins back the pawn he sackrificed in the middle game. Black may not take on g4, otherwise it's easy for white to create a passed pawn on h5.

Oct-11-05  Averageguy: Why didn't black play 30...c5 ? It sac's a pawn back to activate his horrible bishop, and creates an outside passed pawn on the a file, which would be winning for black in any pawn endgame. If 31.Bxa8 Qxa8 Black will blockade the c pawn and push his a pawn through to promotion. If white tries to trade queens using his c pawn then blacks king should be within the square. If none of this happens, black will simply trade bishops and his c pawn for whites b pawn, and be an outside passed pawn ahead in a queen endgame!
Oct-11-05  siggemannen: i think black cannot blockade the pawn after 31 Bxa8 Qxa8 in view of 32.bxc5 and if 32...Qc6 then 33. Qd8+ and Qd6 should win for white
Oct-11-05  Averageguy: <siggemannen>I don't think so. After 33.Qd8+ Kg7 34.Qd6 Qxd6 35.exd6 Kf8 36.c6 Ke8 and black is in the square of both pawns and will push the a pawn to win.
Oct-11-05  excmo: The queen goes to b6 instead of d6.
Oct-11-05  Averageguy: <excmo> Yes, that's better than the other suggestion, however after 34...Qe4 black seems to get good drawing chances.
Oct-11-05  Brown: <Averageguy> 34.Qb6 Qe4 35.c6 Qxe5+ 36.g3 and white gets a second Q first.

Oct-12-05  Averageguy: Your right, I missed that the queen from b6 guarded f2. <siggemannen>Forlat.
Oct-12-05  Averageguy: <siggemannen>Sverige!!!
Oct-16-05  siggemannen: hehe yeah didn't have the board when telling my line, Qb6 looks indeed very good! <Averageguy>Heja sverige :)
Jul-02-07  timhortons: 31.....should be queenb8 avoiding the exchange of queen..for what karpov would gain after his king reach the f4 square?the exchange of quuen is a nail to lautiers coffin
Feb-27-09  KERESOV: A game in which a single idea and a simple plan dominated the whole battleground. A series of incredible positional finesse by Karpov keeps the Black Bishop tied up beginning with 14. Bf4, 16. Ne5! and 18. Bf3! After the careless exchange 16... Nxe5 ? The very talented GM Joel Lautier remains unaware of the danger of his position, it would have been better to free the Bishop with 16... Nf6 17. Qe3 c5 although he will still have a lightly unpleasant but tenable endgame after 18. dc5. What's remarkable of this game is one can trace the root of Black's defeat way back to move 4 ! Karpov's focused-play was directed towards the one defect in Black's position ... the inactive, passively placed light squared bishop.
Nov-27-10  fanbronstein: Simplemente, una partida que nunca me voy a cansar de mirar... La maestría suprema de Anatoli generó una pieza de orfebrería que debe su belleza a girar sobre un plan bien definido (temático: alfil bueno-alfil malo), pero a la vez ineludible. El fortísimo GM francés queda sepultado ante la exquisita y "capablanqueana" técnica de su rival, y -aún al día de hoy- estará pensando cómo sacar su alfil de casillas blancas de su tumba posicional. En definitiva, una de mis favoritas!!!
Nov-27-10  goldenbear: This is ridiculous. If beating GM's is this easy, I should be World Champion soon...
Jul-22-13  Brian.elkhoury: What if 29..Qf8 ? Exchanging the queens at this moment is way better few moves after. The back king might manage to get to the queenside on time.
Mar-11-15  carpovius: <fanbronstein> bien dicho!
Mar-23-16  Everett: Soltis includes this game in his most recent book on exchanges. In the chapter "rook takes rook," he examined Whites 19th move options, finding Karpov's decision to swap heavy pieces was the ideal way to emphasize the badness of a bad piece. In this case, Blacks LSB
Jul-17-19  amateur05: Beautifully simple
Jul-17-19  Ironmanth: Nasty, elegant, and effective maneuver for White. Thanks for this one, chessgames!
Jul-17-19  vajeer: 13...Nf6 looks to be a good move as it instantly attacks White queen. 14. Qxc6 is met by 14...Bd7 15.Qb7 a5 16.Qxb6 Reb8 trapping the queen.
Jul-17-19  vajeer: In the above variation, 16.Qxb6 is not forced. White could try to move knight to make way for queen on f3. But then Black can block the diagonal with Nd5 followed by Reb8. But then White gets a pawn, knight and a rook for queen. Not sure now if Black is better off.
Jul-17-19  cunctatorg: It may be hard to believe but it seems to me that after 14... Rad8 (instead of, say, 14... Rab8!?) Black my be lost for good... What the machines are saying about 14... Rab8 (may be also a weak move) and, particularly, what is the evaluation of the position after 14... Rad8?

It's too hard for me to understand the prophylactic move 10. h3 but Karpov's overall performance at this game etc. convinced me that he also had some very good reasons!! One of the few greatest players in the history of chess!!...

Jul-17-19
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  Honza Cervenka: Very instructive and beautiful game by Karpov.
Jul-18-19
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  HeMateMe: gorgeous, how Karpov boxes in black on the light squares.

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