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Anatoly Karpov vs Loek van Wely
Melody Amber Rapid 7th (1998) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 10, Mar-25
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0



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Apr-08-05  kanter: karpov plotted the ending nicely
Apr-22-05  sharkbenjamin: This is an amazing game!
May-02-05  sfm: Is the position lost if black plays Rf6 instead of his last move?
Dec-05-05  avidfan:

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132...Rf6 133.Ra1 threatens Ra8#.

Apr-03-07  Bob726: Longest game for Karpov.
Apr-04-07  Turbo.Abraham: Beautiful endgame.
Apr-04-07  Fisheremon: <avidfan: 132...Rf6 133.Ra1 threatens Ra8#.> Still draw, as 133...Kd8 134.Re1 Rf8 135.Re6 Rh8 etc.

White missed 49.Rc8! with next Rc3. After that Black could come to a drawn position quicker by promoting e5, f5. Finally it happened at 74 move and they played a drawn position in more than 50 moves!! Certainly 132...Re5?? as leading to a mate in 2, but 133.Rd6 also wins: 133...Re7 134.Rf6 ( ).

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  alexmagnus: At 133 moves, this game is the longest decisive game featuring a (past, cuurrent or future) world champion, sharing this distinction with Leko vs Kramnik, 2001 (also a rapid game).
Sep-16-18  Howard: Personally, I'd have an asterick the size of a golf ball next to that just-posted statement---if these two games were both rapid games....

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