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Anatoly Karpov vs Zoltan Almasi
Biel SKA (1996), Biel SUI, rd 2, Jul-23
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Quoting from <kereru>:

Keep in mind that the result (1-0) may just be a consequence of the undeniable fact that Karpov is a better player! According to Yrjola and Tella ("The Queen's Indian", Gambit Publications 2003), 17...f4 18.Nf3 fxg3 19.hxg3 c5 is an improvement.

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  Gypsy: 16...Bxa3 17.BxB QxB 18.Qa1 QxQ 19.RxQ Bb7 20.Rxa7 Rb8 ... looks rather bleak for Black.
Mar-02-07  AugustAle: Throwing away pawns and moves is no way to win against IGMAK
Mar-07-07  soberknight: <AugustAle> Enough with the abbreviations! Isn't it more respectful to call him Karpov, or would you rather buy fries and soda with you IGMAK?

Seriously, I'm okay with the whole GMXX nickname thing. It worked better for Nickel because GMAN looks like "G man".

<whiteshark> If 17...f4 is an improvement, it may also be played a move earlier. I suspect it's being discussed on the Shulman game.

Mar-07-07  Billy Ray Valentine: Nice game by Karpov! Is it me, or is the Queen's Indian a tricky opening to play? Seems like Karpov has a knack for coordinating his pieces creatively in both the white and black side of this opening.
Mar-07-07  sitzkrieg: Fine said its a drawish opening..
Mar-07-07  Billy Ray Valentine: <sitzkrieg: Fine said its a drawish opening..>

The database confirms this, with over 50% of games with this opening drawn. Most openings I checked are drawn well under 50% of the time. I find this interesting, since I think there is a lot of room for play in the Queen's Indian. It is not like the Four Knights, the Petroff, or the French exchange variations... All of those openings have a lower percentage of draws! I never would have guessed...

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  Gypsy: <I find this interesting, since I think there is a lot of room for play in the Queen's Indian.> There is lots of play -- in the Nimzo variation, that is. One has to keep in mind, however, that NID had been the opening of choice for many a GM draw.
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  kutztown46: All evaluations by Fritz 9 at the ply indicated.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 c6 8. Bc3 d5 9. Ne5 Nfd7 10. Nxd7 Nxd7 11. Nd2 f5 12. Rc1 O-O 13. O-O Rc8 14. Bb2 Bd6

15. a3 Qe7 (-.11/14)

16. Rc2 Nf6 (-.17/14) - Nf6 is 3rd choice of Fritz, after Bb7 (-.27), f4 (-.19)

17. Qc1 Kh8 (not in top six choices) - top 3 are Ne4 (-.29/14), Rcd8 (-.20), Qe8 (-.19).

18. e3 Ne4 (-.12/14) - Ne4 is 3rd choice of Fritz, after Bb7 (-.21), Kg8 (-.17).

19. Rd1 Bb7 (-.16/14)

20. b4 Bb8 (-.09/14) - Bb8 is 4th choice of Fritz, after Ba6 (-.28), Ng5 (-.17), Bc7 (-.15).

21. Bf1 Qe8 (-.25/14)

At this point, black seems fine, even though there are a number of possible improvements prior to this point (which I did not explore).

22. a4 a6 (not in top 6 choices) - top 5 are dxc4 (-.22/14), Qg6 (-.14), Qh5 (-.14), Kg8 (-.09), Rf6 (.00).

23. Nxe4 fxe4 (-.84/14)

The evaluation has shifted in black's favor. White had better choices at move 23: Bg2 (.01/14), a5 (-.02), Nf3 (-.07), f3 (-.07), Ba3 (-.08) or c5 (-.13).

24. b5 axb5 (-.84/14)

25. cxb5 Bd6 (-.71/14) - Bd6 was 2nd choice of Fritz, behind Rf6 (-.84).

26. Ba3 Bxa3 (-.15/16) - Bxa3 was 4th choice of Fritz, behind Qe7 (-.38), Qd7 (-.38), Qd8 (-.18).

27. Qxa3 Qf7 (.39/15).

Now the evaluation is positive for white. 27...Qf7 was Fritz's 6th choice. Top choice was cxb5 (.00).

28. Rdc1 c5 (1.14/20) - c5 was 6th choice of Fritz. Top choice was h6 (.59).

29. dxc5 Rxc5 (.81/16)

30. a5 Rxc2 (-.59/17)

The advantage has shifted back to black. 30. a5 was not in Fritz's top 6 choices. Top choice was Rxc5 (.76/15).

31. Rxc2 bxa5 (-.50/14)

32. b6 d4, which hands the advantage back to white. Fritz's top choice was Qf6 (-.82/16).

33. exd4 e5 - getting worse - e5 not in Fritz's top 6 choices. Top choice was Qf6 (.49/16).

34. Bc4 Qe8 (-2.78/14). Qe8 was Fritz's 3rd choice. Top choice was Qf3 (1.95).

35. d5 Qd8 (1.69/15)

Karpov could have strengthened his advantage with 35. dxe5 (2.75/15).

36. Qxa5 e3 - e3 not in Fritz's top 6 choices. Top choice was Qf6 (1.82/15).

37. fxe3 Qf6 (2.62/15).

Black is now down two pawns. I'll stop here.

Here is a possible improvement for black, starting at move 22, which leads to exciting play. Check it out! All moves top choice of Fritz 9, except where indicated.

22...dxc4 (-.22/14)

23. Nxc4 (-.15/14) c5 (-.18/14)

24. dxc5 (-.18/14) Ng5 (-.28/14)

25. Nd2 (.00/14) f4 (-.39/17)

26. Qa1 (-.07/14) fxe3 (-.20/14)

Now it really gets interesting...

27. Bxg7+ (-.20/14) Kg8

28. Bxf8 (.00/13) exf2+ (-.34/13)

29. Kxf2 Qxf8+ (-.25/12)

30. Kg1 (-.18/16)

A) 30...Qf5 (-.29/12)

31. c6 (-.12/15) Qxc2 (.00/14)

32. cxb7 (.00/13) Rd8 (.00/14)

33. Qf6 (.00/14) Nf7 (.00/12)

34. Be2 (.00/14) Rxd2 (.00/13)

35. Rf1 (.00/13) Qg6 (.00/12)

36. Qe7 (.00/13) Bxg3 (.00/13)

37. Qe8+ (.00/13) Kg7

38. hxg3 (.00/13) Qxg3+ (.00/13)

39. Kh1 Qh4+ (.00/13)

40. Kg1

and now what? - Fritz looks like it wants to achieve a draw by repetition with black.


B) 30...bxc5 (.00/15)

31. Bg2 (.00/14) Bxg2 (.00/14)

32. Kxg2 (.00/14) Qf5 (.00/15)

33. Rxc5 (.00/15) Rxc5 (.00/15)

34. bxc5 (.00/14) Qd5+ (.00/13)

35. Kf2 (.00/13) Nh3+ (.00/13)

36. Ke2 (.00/14) Be5 (.00/13)

37. Qb1 (.00/13) Qg2+ (.00/12)

38. Ke3 (.00/13) Qf2+ (.00/12)

and black's attack seems to peter out, with nothing better than a draw by repetition within five moves.

Mar-15-07  AAAAron: "Death not by a Bang but with a Whimper "- <viennalover>

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