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Anatoly Karpov vs Joel Lautier
Dortmund Sparkassen (1995), Dortmund GER, rd 9, Jul-23
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Mar-25-10  Rubenchik: excellent technical attack minorities and final
Mar-25-10  A Karpov Fan: impressive
Aug-16-10  xombie: A tour de force, especially the final sequence of moves.
Jul-02-12  bystander: <Mar-25-10 Rubenchik: excellent technical attack minorities and final> This game was recommanded in two game collections as an example of a well played minoriy attack. However, when the minority attack of white is finished (in my opinion after move 30) the game looks more or less equal to me. It is only after move 36 to 38 from black that white really gets an advantage.
Jul-02-12  King Death: < bystander: ...when the minority attack of white is finished (in my opinion after move 30) the game looks more or less equal to me...>

This looks about right but I wouldn't want to face somebody with the technique of Karpov is this kind of position where he can probe for awhile with no chance of losing. These are the positions that the great technicians know how to grind out and make look easy.

Oct-01-14  kalavic: @bystander I'm sure when 35.Rxc3 was played Lautier was cursing under his breath. The minority attack was successful - Black is stuck with an isolated pawn, which has hardly advanced--more a liability than an asset. It's kind of like being a pawn down because white has a good chance to create a strong passed pawn on the king-side.

There's no real plan available to black, and white's plan is obvious, gain space on the kingside.

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