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Anatoly Karpov vs Alexey Shirov
Corsica Masters (2003) (blitz), Bastia FRA, rd 2, Nov-02
Semi-Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D30)  ·  0-1



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Nov-06-03  Alchemist: Karpov caught completely off guard.
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  Eggman: I'm guessing this was rapid?
Nov-06-03  Diggitydawg: Yes Eggman, Corsica Masters. Maybe what would be helpful is if started requiring time controls as part of the game submission process.
Nov-06-03  brazos: I missed the played answer.. i was looking at Qh4, it is late but i think that that move is also winning... (wins a piece)
Nov-06-03  Spitecheck: I was watching this game online as it transpired and even I could see in advance Karpov's apparent tardiness in regards the black squares around his king (Chess is easy when it's not your game:) ). Karpov has not been his usual iron clad defensive self lately and his results point towards a decline in standard. The last result of merit he got was defeating Kasparov in that X3D rapid.


Nov-06-03  brulla: I wonder if 28.Nd1 would have helped.
Nov-06-03  radu stancu: If 28. Nd1, then 28... Qh4 and white loses:
A 29.h3 Bxh3
B 29.g3 Qxg3
C 29.g4 Rxd3

I haven't got the time now for a more detailed analysis, but poor Karpov is sure lost here...

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  Eggman: Karpov hasn't really been Karpov since about 1998. But it's normal for GMs to decline in their late 40s / early 50s.
Nov-06-03  TheAussiePatzer: I am a patzer, but I think 27. f4 is a horrible move, I hope I would never play such a bad move. Positionally it is awful.
Nov-06-03  skakmiv: Yeah, this was a rapid tournament, but this is a blitz game.
Nov-06-03  znosko2000: Isn't 29....? too easy and direct to be considered a chess puzzle?
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  Sneaky: <I missed the played answer.. i was looking at Qh4, it is late but i think that that move is also winning...>

29...Qh4? isn't good enough; after 30.g3 Black's attack is neutralized.

<(wins a piece)> Wins the king!

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  Sneaky: <Isn't 29....? too easy and direct to be considered a chess puzzle?> Oh jeez let's not start THAT again.
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  kevin86: Now I don't feel so bad when I fall into a threepenny trap while playing speed chess. I guessed the puzzle in a few seconds--but was really surprised at the victim.
Nov-06-03  myratingstinks: ok, now this one I believe that someone would get in half a milisecond. Has to be rapid.........
Nov-06-03  brazos: after 30. g3 then ... a3xd3
if queen takes mate
if pawn takes queen then
rook takes queen and goes up a piece
maybe white can when the piece back after
rook to d1
but i think that qh4 still wins for black
Nov-06-03  Diggitydawg: <this is a BLITZ game> The gamescore says this took place in round 2.6. For this tournament, the time control for the first two games was 20 min/5 sec incr and then it was 10 min/five for the next two games and then 5 min/5 for the blitz games. So this game was played at 5 min/5sec. Still, even in a five minute game, 27.f4 seems really bad.
Nov-06-03  djp: < brazos: i was looking at Qh4, it is late but i think that that move is also winning... (wins a piece) > Your idea may win a piece, but the played move wins the game outright. If 30. Kxh2 then ...Qxh4#
Nov-06-03  ChessPraxis: <brazos> I agree with Sneaky that after 29. ... Qh4 then 30. g3 would neutralize the attack. You suggest 30 ... Rxa3 31. gxh4 Rxd2 and that Black would then be up a piece. However, White could then play 32. Nxd2 and go up the exchange. Black would have traded a mate in 2 for a lost game.
Jan-13-05  notyetagm: Amazing to see Karpov lose to a simple <Greco mate> even in a blitz game: 29 ... ♖xh2+! 30 ♔h2 ♕h4#. I won a game on ICC last week with this exact same mating pattern.
Oct-21-05  Unicornio: I like the game, it was blitz????

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