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Anatoly Karpov vs Peter Leko
Tilburg Fontys (1996), Tilburg NED, rd 11, Oct-23
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1-0



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May-04-04  Everett: Karpov keeps making people look completely stupid when they play the Grunfeld against him. He is more supceptible to stumbling against the King's Indian. Did so many times against Kasparov.
Apr-12-05  notyetagm: What a beautiful combination by Karpov: 28 ♖xh6! ♕xh6 29 ♕e3! 1-0, setting up a discovered attack and making another threat (to the e4-bishop) <at the same time (double threat)>. White's <main threat> in the position is the discovered attack 30 ♘f7+ ♖xf7 31 ♕xh6 but if that threat is met, then White executes the <other threat> that he made when he moved his queen to e3 and takes the e4-bishop, emerging a piece ahead. Since both of these threats cannot be met at the same time, Black resigns.
Sep-17-05  Brown: Karpov always had Rxh6 in hand, it seems. Anybody suggest a different move order for black here? 26...Rxd4 seems rash.
Sep-17-05  Brown: ... though I don't know how black defends against the coming Nf7+, maybe 26...Bxe6?
Sep-17-05  Boomie: I don't think there's any 26th move that can save black. He can improve on move 25 though.

25...♗xe4 26. ♘xe4 ♕xe4 27. ♖xh6 ♖f2 28. ♕d3 ♕xd3+ 29. ♔xd3 ♖g8 30. ♖xg8+ ♔xg8 31. e4 ♔g7 32. ♖h1 ♖g2 (1.11/14)

Not a great position for black but at least it's playable.

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  plang: The way Leko plays this variation is illogical.By blocking his b pawn with his knight he never gets in b5. The main idea in the hungarian variation (7...a6)is to follow up with b5 and perhaps a queenside fianchetto. The way he played it 7..a6 is just a wasted tempo.
Mar-30-08  aazqua: Yeah, I thought that initial knight move was suspect. The variation is supposed to push the b pawn and fianchetto the bishop. Instead he ends up with backward development and pieces stepping all over each other.
Aug-18-08  ToTheDeath: <Karpov keeps making people look completely stupid when they play the Grunfeld against him. He is more supceptible to stumbling against the King's Indian. Did so many times against Kasparov.>

Actually Karpov beat Garry in the KID twice, with only one loss and 17 draws, many of which Kasparov saved only through heroic efforts.

Karpov has a hugely dominant record against the KID, with only 6 losses to it in classical tournament play.

Aug-18-08  Woody Wood Pusher: hey ToTheDeath you seem to be analysing a lot of Karpov games lately, I like having someone around who also likes his games! keep it up!

26. e6 is a good move, if 26...Bxe6 then 27. Qxe7, Bxa2 28 Qxc7 seems v. good for white but can anyone see more?

This game is total domination by white, who would have believed Leko could give Kramnik such a hard time in their match lol

Aug-18-08  ToTheDeath: Yes I'm making my way through the Karpov's Best Games video series (mid 90's) which I found on bit torrent. How Karpov Wins is also a favorite book of mine.

Aug-18-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Maybe you should change your avatar to the Jolly-Roger you pirate! lol I just recently bought his latest Best Games book and it is really good, lots of updated computer analysis on some amazing games.

he is playing in the blitz tourney in moscow after the Tal M I heard, so is Carlsen, should be interesting!

Mar-17-15  carpovius: just another karpov's extraterrestrial game!
Nov-17-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: White is down material and has two pieces hanging, one pinned.

Sac one of the pieces to allow unpinning of the other, and see where you are.

Yep. That works.

Nov-17-16  Fish55: After 28Rxh6, Qxh6 29Qe3 white has too many threats for black to stop - Nf7+, Qxe4, Nxe4.
Nov-17-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: Actually, I miscounted earlier, and White was slightly ahead in material. No matter. The first two moves were obvious even so.
Nov-17-16  lost in space: Easy for a Thor's Day.
White would have a deadly threat with Nf7+ if this piece wouldnít be absolutely pinned. So: unpin this piece.

28. Rxh6 Qxh6 (else: piece down).

29. Qe3. Unpin and threat (in addition) Qxe4.

No defense against both threats, Nf7+ and Qxe4, for example 29....Bg6 30. Nf7+ the queen on h6 is lost what ever white does.

Nov-17-16  dfcx: White would like to play Nf7+ or Nxe4, but the knight is pinned by the bishop. Need to eliminate the bishop first.

28.Rxh6 Qxh6

The knight is still pinned, by the queen now.
unpins the knight, threatening Nf7+ winning the queen or Q/Nxe4 winning a bishop.

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  patzer2: I immediately went for 28. Rxh6 for today's Thursday puzzle solution.

After 28...Qxh6, instead of 30. Qe3 , I went for 30. Qxc7 (+4.08 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Though it's also winning, 30. Qxc7 is not quite as strong as 30. Qe3 (+5.90 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

For a Black improvement, I'd look to the opening, where I prefer the more popular 8...b5 over the game continuation 8...Nfd7. The Opening Explorer indicates Black has had much more success with 8...b5. See Kasimdzhanov vs Caruana, 2014 for an example of strong play after 8...b5.

Nov-17-16  TheBish: This was easier than yesterday's! Yesterday's puzzle was a little deeper than you would expect for a Wednesday. After you found the practically forced move today (28. Rxh6!) it was pretty easy to see the follow-up move, which led to immediate resignation. I think the puzzles should have been switched!
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  al wazir: Why didn't black play 25...Bxe4 ? After 26. Nxe4 Qxe4 27. Rxh6 Nd5 28. Rgh1 Rf7, black is holding on (just barely). But maybe white has something better?
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  Jimfromprovidence: I got 28 Rxh6 Qxh6 29 Qe3, but now there is counter pressure after 29..Nc4+.

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This forces 30 Bxc4, allowing 30...Qh2+ 31 Ke1 (only good move) Bg6.

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White keeps his advantage after 32 Nf7+ Kg7 33 Bd3.

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Nov-17-16  mriddle: I tried the queen sacrifice 28. Rxh6 Qxh6 29. Qh3 Qxh3 30. Nf7+ Rxf7 31. exf7 at this point, I don't think black can defend both Rg8# and f8=Q#. However, they do have a bunch of attacking options and may be able to either force a perpetual check or a fork to win the f7 pawn or g1 rook, or something. I'd be curious if anyone followed this line enough see if it works or not.
Nov-17-16  mriddle: oh, never mind, I guess all black has to do is 31... Qh6+ and then 32... Qf8
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  agb2002: White has a rook for a bishop and a pawn.

Black threatens Bxg5+ and Bxh1.

These threats suggest 28.Rxh6 Qxh6 (28... Nc4+ 29.Bxc4 only seems to lose material) 29.Qxe7:

A) 29... Nd5 30.Qxf8+ Qxf8 31.Nf7+ Qxf7 32.exf7 and mate in two.

B) 29... Qg7 30.Qxf8+ as in A and the double threat 33.e8=Q# and 33.Rg8# wins.

C) 29... Rg8 30.Kd1

C.1) 30... Bg6 31.Nf7+ Bxf7 32.exf7 Rxg1 (32... Rc8 33.Qe5+ and mate next) 33.Qe5+ and mate with f8=Q.

C.2) 30... Qg7 31.Nf7+ wins.

C.3) 30... Bd5 31.Qf6+ Rg7 (else 32.Rxh7#) 32.Qxh6 wins.

D) 29... Bg6 30.Qxc7 wins a pawn with a much better position. For example, 30... Nd5 31.Qe5+ Nf6 32.e7 wins.

E) 29... Nc4+ 30.Bxc4 Qh2+ 31.Be2 Qxg1 32.Qxf8#.

Nov-17-16  AlicesKnight: Found 28.Rxh6 Qxh6; 29.Qe3. Wow - that's what K played! Black can concede the N instead of the B but long-term it doesn't help.
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