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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup (2008) (rapid), Odessa UKR, rd 7, May-31
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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Jun-01-08  Xeroxx: interesting the queen is trapped

Jun-02-08  Karpova: Videos from the game:
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Jun-02-08  Ulhumbrus: 19 Qc3 threatens both 20 Qxg7 mate and 20 Nxc5 trapping Black's Q.
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  al wazir: Why not 15...Qxb3+ 16. Nxb3 Nxf2+ ? After 17. Ke1 Nxh1 18. g4 (18. g3 Nxg3 19. hxg3 b6) Ng3 19. hxg3 b6), Black has ♖+♙ vs. ♗+♘.
Jun-02-08  talisman: well i saw em shake hands after. did they shake hands before?
Jun-03-08  Astardis: <talisman> in fact they almost always shook hands except for a rather brief interlude (compared to their decades long history) during the WC matches.
Jun-03-08  syracrophy: Aaaww! The sweet smell of a game between two old rivals, a nice miniature - and a trapped queen!
Jun-06-08  Manic: <al wazir> I think it's because of 18.Nxc5 b6 19.Ne4! preparing to play 20.Nd6 and get the white bishop off so white snatches a pawn and removes the danger of black's bishop on the long diagonal. From there the two bishops should be able to establish a large advantage and most likely a winning advantage.

I think Korchnoi probably saw it and that's why he avoided it but he obviously missed Karpov's combination in the game.

Jun-11-08  minasina: game commentary <Don't mention yogurt...> by IM Malcolm Pein
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  whiteshark: A rapid game. The time limit was 10 minutes on the clock and an extra five seconds added each move.
Dec-19-09  vdpandit: Is it true that the old foes Karpov and Korchnoi have patched up and are now Bridge partners?
Dec-14-10  asianwarrior: I hope they renew their Rivalry at the Seniors. Let us wait after 2 years.
Oct-22-11  serenpidity.ejd: The title of this game is: KARPOV CAN TRAP A QUEEN.
Jan-31-13  parsley: What happens after
18..... ne4
White is bishop ahead and the black queen is still trapped?
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  HeMateMe: Surely someone here has a "trapped queen" game collection?
Mar-29-13  Rick360: Iron Tigran trapped M. Bobotsov's queen in a game back in the 60s. OK, so both men-especially Korch are past thier respective "primes", but Tolya really impressed here.
Oct-17-13  Xeroxx: So, ...Nd4 is just bad?
Mar-28-14  Caissanist: Regarding whether the K's have patched things up, Karpov had this to say in 2005:

<My relations with Korchnoi depend on whether he has slept well. If he had bad dreams, he speaks a lot of rubbish.>

Yep, that sounds like Korchnoi.

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