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Vilem Novak vs Anatoly Karpov
2nd Christmas Tournament (1966), Trinec CSR, rd 7, Dec-30
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Spielmann Variation (E22)  ·  0-1

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Mar-05-02  bishop: 13...Qxb7 led to disaster,black should have castled instead.
Oct-24-03  margareetet: it is nice to meet you and have you play on here for long.Thank you Margareetet
Sep-16-06  notyetagm: <SKEWERS> (14 ... ♖b8, 16 ... ♗d7) and <PINS> (18 ... ♖fc8, 19 ... d4) against the exposed White queen dominate this miniature.
Aug-09-07  DrGridlock: Don't forget <DISCOVERED ATTACKS> as the pawn advance 19 ... d4 uncovers the black queen's attack on white's knight on g5.
Jan-12-09  Sololoy: I wondered why not 18... d4 at once; but 19 Nce4 saves the piece; so that 18... Rfc8 pins the knight!
Dec-31-09  Bolgoljubov: Keep your eye on the d4 square.

Nowak's attention seems to be erroneously focused on the pinned c3 Knight. He brings the Bishop to d2 prematurely and prophylactically plays dxc5 against the threat of cxd4, pressuring the c3 Knight. Thinking all threats are averted Nowak plays the normal developing (but lackadaisical) Be2.

Karpov equalizes with 8...d5 and tempts Nowak with a poisoned isolani that can't be blockaded.

After 9 cxd5 white's d4 weakness is completely self-evident and fatal.

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