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Aranov vs Anatoly Karpov
Cheliabinsk (1962)
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation (C10)  ·  0-1



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Jun-29-05  calman543: In the book "Karpov's Collected Games" it gives the opponent the name of "Aranov." Is there some other source that gives the Aroshikov name? This game is interesting in that Karpov had to underpromote to a knight in order to win.
Jan-18-06  shamekovich: Maybe 10...c6 should just be replaced
with ...c5. Had White simply played
11 b3! and Bb2, it's difficult for
Black to get in the ...e5 break.
11 Bf4? was just wrong.
This idea with 5 Bd3!? and later
9 Bf3 perhaps could use a revival,
altho it's probably in several
French books with Black being OK.
Books don't play Chess, tho. They
just play variations.
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  GlassCow: 60 ... g1 (N)! is startling. I would have never have thought to underpromote in a position like this one. Karpov is such an artist.
Mar-11-07  Billy Ray Valentine: Another game for Sneaky's underpromotion collection at:

Game Collection: Underpromotions

Nov-17-10  kingfu: 60 ... g1 (N) is the only move. Any other promotion loses because of 61 Nf3+.

Karpov playing The French!

Shamekovich had a better development for White. Perhaps Karpov saw this and switched over to The Caro-Kann!

Dec-25-17  Toribio3: Karpov played simply but it hurts!
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  ChessHigherCat: Did anybody look at 38...Qxc2?!
If 39. Qxc2 Rxd1 wins for black,
but if 39. Rxd5 Qxb3 40. Rxd8+ wins for white.
Regarding the name controversy, white's real name was Pjotr Petrovich Paskunjak, but an American journalist asked Karpov if there were any games in which he underpromoted. Karpov replied "There are enough" and the journalist understood "Aranov".
Dec-25-17  WorstPlayerEver: 39. Rc3 looks reasonable

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  ChessHigherCat: <WorstPlayerEver: 39. Rc3 looks reasonable>

Congrats, you beat Karpov! Black's only choices are Qe4 or Qe6 and they both lose to 40. Rcd3 (I think).

Dec-25-17  WorstPlayerEver: <ChessHigherCat>

No, I didn't, though it's funny how the Black Queen is trapped on e3 after 39. Rc3 :)

After the exchanges in the game, however, it's Black who wins, 41... f4

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Apr-26-19  Helios727: It looks like Karpov could have won without under-promoting by playing 60... c4, with the threat of Bb4+, skewering the knight. If 61. Nxg2, then cxb3 and White's other pawn will soon fall as well. But of course it is a much cooler win the way he did it.

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