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Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest vs Anatoly Karpov
55th USSR Championship (1988), Moscow URS, rd 17, Aug-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-25-13  ozmikey: Herewith a cute story about this game, from the last round of a classic USSR championship where the two Super Ks went neck-and-neck to the finish. Karpov had caught up with Kasparov in the previous round with a beautiful win against Malaniuk, but in this final round, Kasparov seemed to have the better chances as he had the white pieces against Eingorn, while Karpov had black.

After the 11th move of this game, there arose a position which Karpov had often used as a drawing device with black, and after the repetitions over the next few moves it looked like this was on the cards again. But...would Karpov give his rival the chance to pip him?

I have the account of an eyewitness to thank for the rest of the account: after Ehlvest's 14th move, you could have heard a pin drop in the (very well-attended) tournament hall, as the triple repetition seemed imminent. But Karpov avoided it, and 14...Nd7 was greeted with sustained applause from around the auditorium!

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