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Joel Lautier vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1995), Linares ESP, rd 8, Mar-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  0-1

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Feb-20-04  Benjamin Lau: Black's early sacrifice of the exchange seems so unnatural it looked at first like a blunder to me.
Feb-20-04  drukenknight: surely you're not saying this was a planned tactic? I dont think it's good or bad since the situation seemed very balanced prior to it, I think all it means is that black will have to attack. I dont think he carried out the attack quite precisely, his Q might have been better placed on the long white diagonal. But white didnt try to exchange either, the pawns in the middle, the minor pieces.

Still it's very complicated definitely strong players.

Feb-26-04  karpovv: Great game by karpov : ) *
Aug-16-04  Whitehat1963: Good and exciting example of the opening of the day.
Apr-20-05  rndapology: This was so planned - notice Black deliberately moved the bishop out of the way of the white queen's attack and out of the way of his own rook so that white couldn't recapture the pawn on c5 later.

And, black didn't try some futile salvage operation with 17...Rc6 - 18. Bb5 Rc8 19. c6 BxP 20. Ba6 Ra8 21. Qc2 and there is no way to defend the bishop.

I think Karpov planned this entire thing since he played 10...c5. The h6 move was an admission that he has a plan and was a sort of "please do not disturb" move that was very handy around move 38.

Dec-27-06  aazqua: Uh. Guaranteed that exchange sac was planned. Who do you think he is, Kramnik?
Jul-09-07  sanyas: No, Karpov: Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993
Sep-27-09
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  tpstar: "The king is rarely safe in the centre, and one of the most important considerations in the opening is to remove the king to a safe spot on the wing by castling as quickly as possible. Even in this day and age, it is surprising how many players forget this. Should one of the kings dally too long in the centre, his opponent should try to open the position up as quickly as possible, even if this costs material. See Lautier-Karpov (Linares, 1995). The c-7 rook is attacked, but Black decides to sacrifice it for a bishop, pawn and an initiative against the uncastled white king. 17 ... bxc5! 18. Bxc7 Qxc7 19. Qc3 (19. 0-0 c4 20. Qa4 Rb8 would unfortunately leave the a6-bishop cut off from its home base and liable to be trapped.) 19 ... e5! (Thoroughly logical; the centre will be opened, much to the embarrassment of the white king.) 20. Bd3 (20. dxe5 d4 21. Nxd4 Nd5) 20 ... exd4 21. Nxd4 Re8+ 22. Kf1 (After this the h1-rook will have great difficulty coming into the game, but White had little choice as 22. Ne2 d4 23. Qc2 Nc5 threatens ... c4, and 22. Be2? fails to 22 ... Qe5.) 22 ... Qb6 23. Nf5 d4 24. Qd2 Ne5 25. Re1 Re6 26. Bb1 Bb7 27. Kf2 d3! 28. Rhf1 c4+ 29. Kg3 (The white king has managed to flee the centre, but finds himself on the dangerous side of his kingside pawns.) 29 ... Nh5+ 30. Kh3 Ng6 31. g3 Bc8 (31 ... Qc5! 32. Nh4 Rxe1 33. Qxe1 Qc8+ 34. Kg2 Nxh4+ 35. gxh4 Qg4+ is quicker.) 32. Re4 Qc5 33. g4 Ngf4+ 34. Rxf4 Re2 35. Qc1 Nxf4+ 36. Qxf4 Bxf5 37. gxf5 Rxb2 38. Re1 Qf2 39. Qg3 Qxg3+ 40. hxg3 Rxb1! 0-1 (As 41. Rxb1 c3 42. Rb8+ Kh7 43. Rc8 d2 wins.)" Tony Kosten: "101 Tips to Improve Your Chess." Henry Holt and Company INC, New York, 1996.

One reason why the exchange sacrifice worked so well was White's Rh1 out of play for so long while Black's centralized Knights created many threats. Note 28. Bxd3? c4+.

Sep-13-10  Bobwhoosta: For the exchange Karpov received many advantages:

1) White gives up the two bishops, which is one of his trumps in this line.

2) Black gets connected central pawns, one of them passed and one of them an extra pawn!! This is hard to overestimate, as it cramps White and limits counterplay.

3) White's king is stuck in the center, with Black able to open things up.

4) Black has the initiative, which will translate into a direct attack on the White king.

5) The combined advantages show White faces a dreary future, and will need to defend constantly to avoid defeat. Even if his king isn't wiped out, Black has every endgame advantage, so all prospects long and short are his to claim.

All of this said, I believe the sacrifice was objectively correct, prepared or not.

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