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Anatoly Karpov vs Matthew Sadler
Melody Amber Blind 7th (1998), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 9, Mar-22
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  0-1



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Jul-16-03  jaime gallegos: its this game true ???
Jul-17-03  aulero: The place (Monaco) let me thinking that it was a blindfold game and Karpov forgot the Queen in d3.
Feb-20-04  Dick Brain: Blindfold game at the Amerber tournament in Monaco. The game is real and in '98 Karpov was still a very strong blindfold player. There is always at least a piece hung by someone in that tournament every year. But then there are some fairly deep combinations played too - especially by Kramnik.
Jan-20-05  Knight13: What a sad loss by Karpov.
Jan-20-05  narwhal: According to my friend from the states, this game was published in the New York Newsday's weekly column by Shelby Lyman.
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  alexmagnus: I wonder what Karpov thought after this game...
Mar-21-05  PinkPanther: This smells a bit fishy though, because not only did the blunder happen so early (I can play this many moves blindfolded), but he blundered the queen only 3 moves after he moved it onto the square that it was captured on.
Mar-21-05  RookFile: He got confused because he
intended to play the Queen's
gambit Accepted, prior to the
game. So, he found a to
Mar-22-05  Gowe: I think Karpov made a great combination positional and offensive changing a pawn for a queen and a decisive attack. In my analisis Fritz 8 gives after exd3 +(3.12) enough advantage for karpov. I read an article that he lose on time. Here is some analisis. 16.Bf5 Qe6 17.Rxc7 <and if dxe2 clearly the best then white win easily.> Great game by karpov, but he has to think faster the next time.
Mar-22-05  hintza: <Gowe> So you are saying Karpov meant to sacrifice the queen? I really doubt that, Black just looks much better to me even in the analysis you give.
May-14-05  Orbitkind: What happened? It's hard to believe that this actually happenend.
Sep-13-05  Palma Vest: <Gowe> Are you sure? it's so doubtful that i tested the line on Fritz. After exd3+, Fritz gives -7.56. Karpov lost anyhow.
Sep-13-05  RookFile: It was a blindfold game. Karpov certainly didn't mean to sac his queeen, lol.
Sep-13-05  you vs yourself: <Gowe> Nice analysis! As you said, I think it's more plausible that Karpov lost on time esp. considering the game had already lasted 13 moves.
Nov-27-05  Chopin: It's good to know that this game was blindfold. I doubt Karpov will make such a huge blunder during a game.
Dec-26-05  MarkN: I agree with <Gowe>, this is a crushing sacrifice that Sadler blindly fell into. The score is obviously wrong. It was Sadler who resigned!

Feb-27-06  MorphyMatt: Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993
Mar-13-06  MorphyMatt: Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 1993
Nov-27-06  Marmot PFL: Even blindfold its hard to believe Karpov could forget where he put his queen...Maybe it was blindfold simul.
Aug-05-08  johnsbrother: Can someone please explain to me how blindfold games work, in particular simultaneous blindfold games? Can the players write the moves down? Thanks
Sep-04-08  TheTamale: <johnsbrother: "Can the players write the moves down?"> Not 100% sure, but think not. I think that's part of the prestige in holding the record--being able to keep track of that much in your head at once.
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  whiteshark: This game has been played at 7th Amber Chess Tournament in round 9.

The headline in the tournament book for this round was <Where is Tolya's Queen?>


Oct-07-08  Everett: Relax, everyone. We all make mistakes.
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: wow!! why Rxf7??
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: yeah <Everyone>
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