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Anatoly Karpov vs Antonio Antunes
Tilburg (1994), Tilburg NED, rd 3, Sep-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Lundin Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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May-24-05  WMD: Antunes misses a golden chance to sink a world champion with 28...b3 when 29.Rc8 bxa2 30.Rxd8+ Bxd8 is curtains.
May-24-05  soberknight: <WMD> Looks right to me. 28...b3 threatens a fork by 29...Nb4.
May-24-05  Boomie: <WMD> Nice find. If 29. axb3 Nb4 winning the exchange for a lamo pawn.
May-24-05  Jim Bartle: Must be tough playing somebody with a record like Karpov's. I wouldn't be surprised if Antunes didn't look much for moves like ...b3 because he figured Karpov would never make a serious blunder...
May-24-05  WMD: Fischer would have been all over Karpov like a rash.
May-24-05  Jim Bartle: OK, I'll grant you that, and Kasparov probably would have been leering ear-to-ear as he won the exchange. I was referring to your typical 2500-2550 GM or IM who faces a Karpov level player about once every two years.
May-24-05  Everett: <WMD> Good thing Karpov has no nerves to feel such petty annoyances.
May-24-05  WMD: Apparently Karpov spotted the move right after blundering with Qa6, but kept an admirably straight face.
May-24-05  Everett: Yeah, Karpov's good at that. Wonder how many times he got away with something because of this.
May-24-05  Jim Bartle: I assume that's tongue in cheek, but I did read Seirawan's account of a win over Karpov in 1982 or so. He thought he'd refuted Karpov's opening, but Karpov kept on playing calmly and fairly quickly, leaving Seirawan a bundle of nerves. Then Karpov's second walked by and Karpov flashed him an "I could kill you" look, and Seirawan relaxed and went on to win.
May-24-05  Everett: No, that's not tongue in cheek. I'm not saying that it happened often, but Karpov is known to be completely stone-faced even in the most dire of circumstances. That game you discuss by the way was later improved upon by Karpov against Seirawan. Check out the database, it's interesting.
May-24-05  Jim Bartle: Which supports my point that playing a guy like Karpov must be scary. If I saw what looked to be a mate in three, I'd probably figure there was some dastardly trap awaiting me.

A few years ago a friend of mine, rated 2500, played Kasparov as part of a six-player clock simul. He became the last player standing (K had won three and drawn two), with a rook endgame and five pawns each. Yet he said it was just outright intimidating when Kasparov sat down opposite him and started staring through the pieces. K won in a few more moves.

May-24-05  Everett: Well, then, I support your point as well, if this makes you happy ;)

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