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Anatoly Karpov vs Walter Browne
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 2, Nov-20
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0



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  samvega: "chicken feed" I think is the word you are looking for. I can imagine Fischer shouting 'milho pra galinha' , foaming at the mouth, and the folks at the Great Round Chicken Kentucky Fried Robin thinking "Now he's really lost it"
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  samvega: Fischer at that time usually commanded a fee of seventy virgins just for an appearance, so the prize fund of six buckets of KFC was not very appealing.
May-05-05  vonKrolock: "de goishekop is shtrong", whispered a voice inside his brain: Then came Leningrad, and Moscow. And Leningrad again, and Moscow again: Now to Manila! "Why me to Manila? Poison - they want to destroy me. And Chess."

Brave Sir Robert ran away,
Bravely ran away, away.
When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled. Yes, brave Sir Robert turned about
And gallantly, he chickened out. Bravely taking to his feet, He beat a very brave retreat,
Bravest of the brave, Sir Robert.

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  perfidious: Come, let cousin Tolya give you a massage..........

In 1972, when I was twelve years old and about 1100 strength, I recall being impressed by this game- none of the slam-bang action of the open games. Having said that, I should note that Browne gave a display at our club late that year, and I had the audacity to play 6.Bg5 vs his Najdorf and get wiped out, lol.

Nov-01-05  hayton3: Great game by Karpov and his use of the anchor point on d5. He builds his army around that key square and then liquidates his pieces into a favourable ending. This is the sort of chess that still gives Kasparov nightmares.
Nov-01-05  you vs yourself: <hayton3: He builds his army around that key square and then liquidates his pieces into a favourable ending.>

I can see that he's building up for d5, but what I don't understand is when to start liquidation. Can anyone explain what might've compelled Karpov to start liquidating at move 20?

Nov-01-05  hayton3: At move 20 Karpov has a majority of pawns on the queenside 4-3 while black's doubled pawns on the kingside confer him no compensating majority. Reduce the game to bare kings with this pawn structure and white wins without thinking.
Dec-16-05  chesscrazy: 4.Bxf6! I love that move.
Dec-17-05  BlissfullyIgnorant: Why would a GM stick himself with a backward center pawn, that can't be liquidated, right out of the opening?

With the thematic bad majority of pawns on the kingside (the double pawn cant be solved) Karpov seems to play like Capa, the entire game is one big endgame!

Aug-20-06  Fischeristhebest: 41..Nd4 fails to 42.Ne3+ Kc5 43.b4+ axb4 44.axb4+ and Nd4 is toast.
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  keypusher: <Why would a GM stick himself with a backward center pawn, that can't be liquidated, right out of the opening?>

Because he is getting the bishop pair and a seemingly almighty bishop on g7 with no opposition.

<With the thematic bad majority of pawns on the kingside (the double pawn cant be solved) Karpov seems to play like Capa, the entire game is one big endgame!>

It reminds me more of a Ruy Lopez exchange variation in reverse -- very Lasker-like.

Apr-13-08  Vollmer: I think 10...b5 is a dubious move because the center is not secured , so a wing attack is unreasonable . We've all been told of this concept umteen times and this is not a position that allows violating this 'rule' . By this time though the pressure on d5 is building so we must look back to Bxf6-exf6 and call that an error .
Apr-13-08  euripides: I guess 25.Nd5 was calculated some way in advance (perhaps before 20.c5). If 25...a5 I suppose 26.Nb6 Rc7 (if ...Rxc5 then 27.Nd7+; if ...Rc6 27.Rd8+ Ke7 28.Rd7+) 27.Rd8.Ke7 28.Rg8 threatening Rxg7 and Nd5+.

The c4 and d4 duo fronting the d6 invalid look very pretty, but this liquditating combination dispenses with them to reach a clear endgame.

Jan-19-09  epiglottis5: <Vollmer> In my opinion, I wouldn't call 10...b5 dubious since I feel black doesn't have much play anywhere except the queenside. He has a knight and a strong bishop pointing in that direction and white has some weak squares there. And with ...b5-b4, black can at least prevent white from playing Nec3 after Nd5. If both players had chances in the center then the "rule" would apply, but white already looks dominant in the center so black has to settle for the queenside.
Jan-19-09  epiglottis5: According to Karpov, 18.dxc5 dxc5 19.Rcd1 would've been stronger than 18.Rcd1?! Also, 20.c5 is given a ? for giving up the b5 square. (Source: Silman's "How to Reassess Your Chess")
Oct-12-09  birthtimes: Mednis suggested 9...d6 and 10...Be6, while Ivkov suggested 5...b6. Then, if 6. Nf3 Bb7 7. g3 Bxf3 8. exf3 Nc6 and complete symmetry is reached.
Oct-12-09  WhiteRook48: why wouldn't you try to promote on f3?
Oct-12-09  birthtimes: If Black promotes on f3, White has time to capture Black's other f-pawn and h-pawn, exchange queens, then promote it's own h-pawn...e.g., 59...Kd2 60. Qxh5 f2 61. Qf5 Ke1 62. Qxf6 f1=Q 63. Qxf1+ Kxf1 64. h5
May-20-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Karpov vs Browne, 1972.
Your score: 147 (par = 139)


Apr-28-17  hudapri: A real textbook example of how to dominate weak squares in the opening
Apr-28-17  offramp: Kentucky Fried Lark's Vomit.
Apr-29-17  Strelets: <offramp> In aspic?
Dec-17-18  johnkr: Yes epiglott -- you say According to Karpov, 18.dxc5 dxc5 19.Rcd1 would've been stronger " Not just according to Karpov, but Stockfish also (+.98) and it makes a lot of sense, when you realize that Black's c5 is a weakling. So after this miss, Karpov had to work. But still a fascinating theoretical struggle, is the Nd5 really stronger than the Black Bg7 with his control of e4?
Feb-21-21  tbontb: After the exchange of Qs (better 15....b4) the endgame always favours White due to the pawn structure. The last chance is probably 31....Bg7 with a grim defensive task ahead. In the game, 37....f4 38. gxf4 Kf5 as a final attempt at counterplay proves way too slow against 39. Nd6+ Kxf4 40. Nxf7 Kf3 41. Ng5+ Kxf2 42. Nxh7
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  OhioChessFan: I assume it was time trouble but 40...f6 was fundamentally bad. That was Black's tempo move in hand, to use any time he needed to lose a move. He gave it up for nothing. 41. f4 ensured doubled Pawns and a weak h Pawn to boot. I assume Browne missed the upcoming 43. h4 which effectively ended the game.
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