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Anatoly Karpov vs Alexey Shirov
Corsica Masters (2003) (rapid), Bastia FRA, rd 2, Nov-02
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Alekhine System (D20)  ·  1-0



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Feb-26-06  patzer2: Karpov wins this interesting ♖ ♘ ♗ vs. ♖ ♖ game on strategy rather than tactics.

Karpov first misses a winning pin and Knight Fork combination in 49. Be6+! Rxe6+ 50. Rxe6 Kxe6 51. Nc5+ Kf5 52. Nxa4 .

Then he misses a simple decisive deflection with 52. Be4+! Kc4 53. Rxd6 .

Feb-26-06  patzer2: Shirov returns the favor by missing his last defensive chance at putting up any resistance with 57...Rc2!? Instead 57...Re2+? 58. Kd4 gives Karpov an easy win.

In the final position, with 59. Bc4+, Karpov has a mate-in-three after 59...Ka4 60. Ra8+ Ra6 61. Rxa6#.

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