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Anatoly Karpov vs Yasser Seirawan
Melody Amber Rapid (1992) (rapid), Roquebrune-Cap-Martin FRA, rd 12, Feb-09
Rat Defense: See also: Modern Defense (for lines with ...g6) (A41)  ·  0-1



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Apr-24-05  Boomie: Yaz has had a fine record against Karpov. Here he assumes a Steinitz persona to induce overextension. Karpov rarely overextends, but here he advances his q-side pawns which eventually become targets. This may be a rapid game as there are many innaccuracies by both players.

1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 e5 5. e4

Most of us would play the obvious here but Karpov delays this for some reason.

(5. dxe5 dxe5 6. Qxd8+ Kxd8 7. Ng5 Nh6 8. Nge4 Bf5 9. Nc5 Kc8 10. e4 Bd7 )

After 21. b6+, Karpov had the option of bxa7+ followed by a5 and eventually posting a knight on b6.

(25. bxa7+ Kxa7 26. a5 Rxd1+ 27. Kxd1 Bb3 28. Kd2 )

25...f5 Yaz could have equalized here.
(25... Rxd1 26. Bxd1 axb6 27. cxb6 Nd6 28. Ne3 f5 =)

But Karpov misses a strong continuation which has the black pieces tripping over themselves.

(26. Rxd8+ Nxd8 27. Nb4 fxe4 28. Nxe4 Nf5 29. Nf6 Nd4 30. Bf1 )

With 31. Ne3 the initiative swings to black.
(31. Kb4 Bd5 32. Ne1 axb6 33. axb6 Ne6 34. Bc4 =)

But Yaz hands it right back.
32...Ne6 (32... Bxe4 33. Bxe4 Ne6 )

34. Ng5 (34. Nd6 axb6 35. axb6 Nf6 36. Bf1 )

With 38. Bxg6, Karpov sacs a pawn for...nothing.
(38. bxa7+ Kxa7 39. Bxg6 Ka6 40. Kb4 e4 41. Ng4 )

39...Na4. Unlike "over protection", the idea of "over aggression" hasn't made the textbooks...for good reason. It's too much of a good thing.

(39... Ne6 40. g3 Nxb6+ 41. Kd3 Nc5+ 42. Kc2 Nd5 43. Ng4 e4 44. Nxh6 =)

44. Kd2 (44. Bg6 Ne7 45. Bf7 Kc7 =)

48. Ng4 Undeveloping the knight seems like a bad idea...and it is.

(48. f4 c5 49. g4 b5 50. Ke3 Kd5 =)

54. Ne3 Karpov may be in time trouble.
(54. Na3 b4 55. Nc4 =)

59. Kd2?? The losing move. This is either time trouble or brain lock.

(59. Kb2 Ne4 60. g5 Nf2 61. f5+ Ke5 62. g6 Kf6 63. Nf3 Nxh3 64. Nd2 Nf4 =)

59... Ne4+ 60. Kc1

The finish is quite amusing.
(60...c3 61. Nf3 Nd2 63. Nxd2 b2+ 64. Kc2 cxd2)

Apr-24-05  iron maiden: Yes, this was rapid; part of the annual Amber tournament.
Apr-24-05  Boomie: Thanks, Iron Maiden. Amazing how they can produce such an interesting game in so short a time.
Apr-24-05  OneArmedScissor: <Boomie>
Yes. the finish is quite nice.

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