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Anatoly Karpov vs Xue Zhao
Cap D'Agde (2013) (rapid), Cap d'Agde FRA, rd 7, Oct-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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Oct-29-13  csmath: Karpov has achieved nothing in the opening, they started manouvreing without any plan and then Zhao Xue committs suicide with 39. ...d4? throwing pawn. Was she calculating some ill-fated combination, hard to say.

Nevertheless the position in the end is still not won, it is a rook ending pawn down and a long way from winning. Was this another loss on time?

Oct-29-13  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 26...Rac5, 26...Bc8 begins preparations for the plan of ...Rc7-c5, ...Ra5-a6, ...Rc5-a5 and ....Bd7
Oct-29-13  hcgflynn: 41. - axb4!
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  Richard Taylor: Good game by Karpov, well planned game. Messy at the end, not surprising if this is a Rapid.
Oct-30-13  csmath: He planned nothing, She had a obvious draw until she made a totally irrational move 39. ...d4? throwing a pawn away. Prior to that they already started repeating manouvreing moves and could draw at any time.

She must have been calculating something and got confused but Karpov has achieved nothing in the opening nor in the middlegame. Black is certainly not worse.

Then Zhao blew it. Even after throwing a pawn away she could still continue to play but it seems she either resigned in disgust or lost on time.

Oct-30-13  OneArmedScissor: So it goes
Oct-31-13  birthtimes: csmath, it's obvious you do not know that these time controls suit Karpov to a T. Your ignorance is blinding...

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