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Alexander Khalifman vs Anatoly Karpov
Reggio Emilia 9192 (1991), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 4, Dec-30
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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Jan-31-04  rafaelluiz: A game with many themes :)I think Karpov missed the way to win.
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  vonKrolock: after 40.♘g4

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The last move before the control, and the answer by black was a blunder <40...♗h6> that turned a probable win to a nice defeat

after black's 40-ieth move

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Aug-27-12  Hesam7: <vonKrolock: The last move before the control, and the answer by black was a blunder <40...♗h6> that turned a probable win to a nice defeat>

It turned a "certain win" into certain defeat. After 40. ... Qd3! Black is simply winning:

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(1) 41. Nxf6+ Kg6 42. Qxd3 (forced) 42. ... Nxd3 43. Ng4 Despite the material equality Black is winning because his pawns are both more advanced than White's and will move forward much easier.

(2) 41. Qc1 c3! (41. ... Bg7?! leaves the c5-knight undefended, for example: 41. Bf3 c3 42. Bd1 Kh8 43. Bc2 Qd2 44. Qa3 Qxc2 45. Qxc5 f5 46. Nf6 Qd1+ 47. Kh2 Qd8 48. Nh5 and Black has to do a great deal of work before claiming his win) 42. Bf3 Kg6 43. Bd1 Kf7 44. Bc2 Qd2 45. Qb1 (45. Qxd2 cxd2 46. Kf1 a5 47. Ke2 a4 48. Kxd2 b4 is a clear win) 45. ... Bd6 46. Bg6+ (what else?) 46. ... Kg7 47. Bh7 f5 48. Bxf5 (48. Qxf5?? Qe1#) 48. ... b4 49. Bh7 (49. Qxb4?? Qe1#) 49. ... b3! 50. Qg6+ Kf8

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Black's win is easy: move the king to safety on b5 and then push the c-pawn.

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