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Vladimir Kramnik vs Anatoly Karpov
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (1999) (rapid), Monte Carlo, rd 8, Mar-24
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0

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Oct-26-08  Sularus: Instead of a6, were I the one playing white, I'm sure I would have patzer-forked black's king and bishop, then captured the bishop.

I guess the text move is better.

Jan-04-11
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  Domdaniel: <I guess the text move is better.> There's not really much difference: either move wins. 31.a6, as played by Kramnik, is faster -- he'll play Nd3 next, force Black to give up his Knight for the a-pawn, and use the extra material to pick up the b-pawn as well, with a simple win. So Karpov resigned.

But 31.Nd7+ also wins. Its only slight flaw is that, after 31...Ke7 32.Nxf6 Kxf6 33.a6 Ke5 34.a7 Nxa7 35.Bxa7 Kd5, the Black King has moved over to the centre/queenside, and prevents White from creating another passed pawn at once. But with the extra piece it won't take long to win, as black has no counterplay.

Karpov would probably have resigned after either move.

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