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Hannes Hlifar Stefansson vs Anatoly Karpov
Reykjavik Rapid (2004) (rapid), Reykjavik ISL, rd 1, Mar-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-04  Benjamin Lau: Some amazing blunders in this rapid game. Some analysis from chessbase:

"48.Rc2 or 48.Qb1 would have provided the back-rank protection White needs before winning with his passed pawns. Instead, Stefansson blundered with 48.Rb1?? which should have allowed Karpov to escape with a draw after 48...Rd1+ 49.Re1 Rxb1 50.Rxb1 Qd8!.

Karpov missed the draw with 48...R3d5?? and now White should give up the a-pawn to consolidate with 49.Qc2 Rxa5 50.Ree1! and the b-pawn should still be decisive.

But Stefansson saw and raised Karpov's blunder with 49.Qc3??. Now Black should actually win after 49...Rd1+ 50.Re1 Rxb1 51.Rxb1 Rd1+! 52.Rxd1 Qxb7+ 53.Kg1 Qg2 mate.

Instead, Karpov made the final blunder with 49...Rd3?? and resigned after 50.Qc8, when there is no defense."

May-06-04  Everett: Wow! Karpov misses a mate in 5! Even the best stumble. I wonder if some of these puzzles can be used, to show how GM's miss things. After 49. Qc3, black to play and win.

Also, after 49. Qc3?? there is a nice reversal of move orders... 49... ........Rd1+
50. Re1 Rxb1
51. Rxb1 Qxb7+!
52. Rxb7 Rd1+ and mate next or

52. Kg1 Qg2#

Aug-25-04  iron maiden: The Immortal Blunder Game. It would be interesting and comedic if used the position after 48. Rb1?? for a daily puzzle, "Black to play and draw," and then used the position after 48...R3d5?? the next day for a "White to play and win" puzzle, etc.
Aug-25-04  pikoro: 50...Rd1+ 51.RxR...RxR+ 52.Re1...RxR++ ?????
Sep-04-04  Strategic Joker: Pikoro , Rd1+ , and not RxR but Re1 and the backrank is defended :)
Oct-09-04  tacticsjokerxxx: Strategic Joker where did you come up with your nickname? :)
Oct-09-04  notsodeepthought: <Everett> In the line you propose, <51. Rxb1 Qxb7+!
52. Rxb7 Rd1+ and mate next or
52. Kg1 Qg2#>
52 R:b7 is check, after which white wins handily.
Sep-24-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <iron maiden> Absolutely. I also vote this one for <The Immortal Blunder Game>.
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