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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Anatoly Karpov
Donostia Chess Festival (2009), Donostia ESP, rd 3, Jul-09
Russian Game: Classical Attack (C42)  ·  1-0

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Jul-09-09  ozmikey: Don't understand this result at all. White is completely winning, why the draw?
Jul-09-09  DCP23: <ozmikey> White won. Hopefully the result will be corrected soon.
Jul-09-09  smaragdus: Nice to see Vachier-Lagrave crushing the abominable Petrov, the ugliest of all openings.
Jul-10-09  Astardis: Strange opening choice from Karpov, to begin with. I would have expected Karpov to play for a win against the Frenchman since his sheer youth makes him vulnerable against Karpov's legendary experience. Instead Karpov chose the Petrov, which in his hands always was a drawing line.

Of course by now we know that he even lost this game... but that's a different story.

Jul-10-09
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  Mateo: Karpow was under huge pressure. He blundered with 30...Nf8?. If 31...Rc6 32.Rxd8! Rxc4 33.Rxe8 Rxf4 34.Ne7+ Kh7 35.Rxf8, White wins.
Jul-10-09
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  Mateo: 18...Bd7?! leads to a positional disaster. If one looks to the position after 23.Nge3, one can see that Black cannot coordinate his pieces because his Bishop is 'stalemated'. So maybe Karpov had to sacrifice the exchange (18...Ng6!? 19.Bxe8 Qxe8 threatening h5).
Jul-10-09  ozmikey: Given that his position was already so awkward, maybe Karpov should have lashed out with 16...h5, to at least grab some material for his troubles.
Jul-10-09
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  Mateo: <ozmikey: Given that his position was already so awkward, maybe Karpov should have lashed out with 16...h5, to at least grab some material for his troubles.> Black cannot grab material. 16...h5 17.Nh6+!. 17...gxh6 18.Qg3+ is crushing.
Jul-10-09  ozmikey: Ah, yep, my mistake. Funny how Black is so completely incapable of protecting the g7 square in that line.
Jul-13-09
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  HeMateMe: You could see a problem as soon as Karpov played f6, leaving a hole in his positon. That allowed pressure and pin on the a2-g8 diagonal, against Karpov's king, all the way till the pieces were traded and the former champ is down two pawns.
Jul-17-09
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  tamar: <He achieved an impressive win against Karpov in round three, and Tolia praised the quality of his game: "I knew he was a very good tactician, but he also made two or three moves in our game that really impressed me!"> http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Wonder which moves Karpov referred to.

Jul-17-09  slomarko: my guess is d5 and Bd6
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