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Anatoly Karpov vs Vlastimil Hort
"That Really Hort!" (game of the day Jan-03-2016)
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 11, Dec-08
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Mar-10-15  get Reti: In Karpov's book "Anatoly Karpov's Best Games", it says that 8.f4, followed by 9. Be3 was played instead of the other way around, as it is in this database.
Mar-10-15  Retireborn: I believe that 8.Be3 and 9.f4 is the authentic move order of this game.

Karpov was intending to answer 27...0-0-0 with 28.Rd3 which keeps the extra pawn, but Houdini indicates Black has good compensation after 28...R(either)g8.

27.Rf2! is stronger as then if 27...0-0-0 28.Bf4

Apr-08-15  Pedro Fernandez: An interesting move had been 14.Qg2!?, because of its aggressiveness, IMO. Notice that already black casting is not viable, but also queen castling is quite dangerous. Hort was sentenced at this early time.
Apr-08-15  Pedro Fernandez: In 24... Hort didn't play the sac of "calidad" 24...Rxh6 as the h-pawn is really dangerous. I bet Hort thought in that possibility since the couple of white bishops are so powerful.
Apr-08-15  Pedro Fernandez: To be honest, following the game, I didn't know Hort did it on move 28...Rxh6.
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  piltdown man: Not as good as my pun from a few years ago.

Spassky vs Hort, 1977

Jan-03-16  morfishine: Thats just great, do we really need yet another excruciating play-on-word using 'Hort'? Enough already


<piltdown man> Sorry, yours sucked too


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  thegoodanarchist: I love these games played before the invention of castling.
Jan-03-16  Sularus: <pilt> yep, yours is better.
Jan-03-16  Sularus: <TGA> :D
Jan-03-16  mike1: Hort played so many insane (and winning) games himself.... Would be nice to see some of these as GOTD as well. Vlastimil deserves it!
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  Penguincw: When I saw this pun, I was wondering, is there a double meaning to this pun? The first meaning should be pretty obvious, but what about another meaning?

Like, was someone physically, emotionally or financially hurt from this game or relating to it? Did this game hurt someone's chances from achieving success in the tournament? Is there a 2nd meaning?

Jan-03-16  schnarre: ...*chuckles at the day's pun*

...White looks to stand well here.

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  thegoodanarchist: < ughaibu: A game for those who think Karpov was well behind Fischer in 1972. >

This is the first post for this game, from October 2003. Allow me to point out that in early 1970s Hort was no Spassky. Nor was he close to Petrosian, Larsen and maybe even Taimanov.

But Karpov did play creatively here.

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  thegoodanarchist: <mike1: Hort played so many insane (and winning) games himself.... Would be nice to see some of these as GOTD as well. Vlastimil deserves it!>

Here is Hort winning a GOTD:

A P Law vs Hort, 1977

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  piltdown man: <morfshine> You're a hard man to please. I thought mine wasn't bad, considering the context. At least <FSR> liked it.
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  kevin86: Karpov takes advantage of Hort's greed.
Sep-20-16  gars: Why not play 1)Qd5 instead of 16)ed5, as Karpov did? I see no reason for Karpov's choice, unless getting a Queen Wing majority.
Sep-21-16  RookFile: Qxd5 is a good move. Personally, I would play it as my move. But exd5 has its points too. It transforms an isolated e pawn into a more respectable one on d5, reduces the number of white pawn islands from 3 to 2, and opens the d3/h7 diagonal potentially for the e2 bishop.
Sep-21-16  gars: Thank you, Rookfile! In fact 16) Qxd5 is not mentioned in any of the four books I own, namely

a) "How Karpov Wins", by Edgard Mednis, which I am presently studying,

b) "Karpov's collected games", by David Levy,

c) "The Games of Anatoly Karpov", by Kevin J. O'Connell and Jimmy Adams and

d) "Karpov: un genio de nuestro tiempo", by M.Studnetzky and B. Wexler, so I thought it could not be a good move, but at the same time I could not see anything wrong with it. I find this game very difficult, full of subtle moves and your comment gave me the push I need to go back to it again and again. Thanks a lot!

Dec-05-18  oceline2: But it is mentioned in "Anatoly Karpov's Best Games". I remember he mentioned the "rule" for isolated pawns (exd5 blocks the d6 pawn) and also because it frees his bishop, specially now that the opposite is gone.
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  woldsmandriffield: Not a game that has stood the test of time well. 20 Bxh6 was a risky pawn grab, the famed 4th rank Rook shenanigans look artificial, and 27 Rf3 is a strange choice. Despite hanging and tangled pieces, Karpov somehow wins.
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  perfidious: <Chessman1504: I suppose this game goes to show that the stylistic differences between the world champions are greatly exaggerated. Any great player can do what the board calls for. This is more convincing proof.>

Bit of required reading for those who would try pigeonholing even great players.

For all his combinative genius, Tal considered that one of his finest games was Smyslov vs Tal, 1964, which featured endgame play of great subtlety, just as one of another titleholder's masterpieces was Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966, with some fine tactics from a 'positional' player.

Nov-22-20  SChesshevsky: <Not a game that has stood the test of time well...>

Maybe due to some seemingly odd play by Hort.

Would typically expect some Qside activity by Black. At least a presence even down the c-file for at least a threat of counter play. If not that, then at least plan an ...0-0-0 and connect the rooks.

Without either of those, white probably has too much leeway and can be inaccurate but still be noticeably better. Black, on the other hand, might be a weak move or two of just being dead lost.

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  kingscrusher: I can see that Karpov gave a little bit of counterplay to get a potentially winning passed pawn but it is not one of my favourite Karpov games.

20 a4 seems to keep the game more controlled with a funny Ra3 move possibility

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E.g. Qe7 Ra3 Bg5 Qd4 with a small edge for White and pretty noncontroversial

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