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Lubomir Kavalek vs Anatoly Karpov
Caracas (1970), Caracas VEN, rd 10, Jul-01
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka:, I think that this is not an actual game, but a line which could have happened in the game Kavalek vs Karpov, 1970 after Karpov's 22...Nc5. If I am right, then Kavalek missed beautiful 23.Nxg7!! playing 23.Red1. Nevertheless he finally won the game, but it was much longer.
Aug-25-03  Jonber: <Honza Cervenka> I believe you are right in the assumption that the above is an unplayed variation of the game you mentioned. Further more, I think it’s a secondary line, that is, a line showing what would happened if Black makes the wrong recapture in an effort to hold on to the knight on d5. The correct recapture would off course have been::

23.Nxg7! Qxg7 24.Bxc5

Aug-25-03  Jonber: After a closer look at the above line it reveals another flaw: I believe it would be better for Black to give up the queen rather then take the bishop:

23…Kxg7 24.Bh6+ Kg8 25.Bxf8 Rxf8

Taking the bishop probably leads to mate.

Aug-25-03  Jonber: Yep, taking the bishop leads to mate:

24...Kxh6 25.Qf6+ Kh5 26.g4+ Bxg4 27.hxg4+ Kxg4 28.Re3 Rd3 29.Bxd3 Nxd3 30.Rg3+ Kh5 31.Qg5#

Nov-30-03  Alchemist: This game is in the book "Reassess Your Chess" and according to Silman the game is genuine. I don't see why it would be published as such in such a major work if it were not.


Nov-30-03  Spitecheck: Honza et al. are right, apparently Kavalek saw the move Nxg7 right after he took his hand of the Rook (he played Red1? in the actual game), this game is merely something that might have happened. Kavalek amd Karpov both annotate this game in The Complete Games of World Champion Anatoly Karpov, fascinating stuff.


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  Benzol: <Honza> You're quite right. The Games Of Anatoly Karpov has Kavalek playing 23.Re-d1 and winning in 59 moves. <Jonber;Alchemist> The notes given in the book to the game are by Kavalek. "I just picked my rook without looking at the position, and when I had the rook in my hand I saw the combination 23.NxP! KxN(23...QxN;24.BxN);24.B-R6+! KxB;25.Q-B6+ K-R4;26.P-KN4+ BxP;27.PxB+ KxP;28.R-K3 and mate".
Nov-30-03  Spitecheck: Considering it's more interesting than the game LOL, perhaps somebody should pin the analyis to the other one. I might get around to it later.


Nov-30-03  Spitecheck: 18. N3h4!
19. Nxe7!
black should have played 22...f6
23. Red1?
23. Nxg7! Kxg7 24. Bh6+! Kxh6 25. Qf6+ Kh5 26. g4+ Bxg4 27. hg+ Kxg4 28. Re3++

If 29...Qf8 30. Nd6 Bh5 31. Nxe8!! Bxd1 32. Bxd1 Nc6 33. Ra8

Analysis by Kavalek (and Karpov)


Aug-09-09  whiteshark: A fine game by the <player of the Day>

I like it that he put both rooks one after another on d6.

Jul-17-10  Chessmensch: Kavalek gives excellent commentary on this game in The Huffington Post on July 13, 2010.
Oct-03-10  BabalooMoon: Here is a link to that Huffington Post annotation

Jul-20-15  fallen angel: why not 27...bf5 and then taking rook on d6?
Jul-20-15  mike1: white plays 28.Rd5 first and takes on f5 after black withdraws the Queen
Aug-23-16  RookFile: This game is a close approximation to a hypothetical Fischer vs. Karpov game, Fischer taking white.
Aug-09-17  ColeTrane: we didn't bother looking at the whole game just the last move. interesting how that b pawn is about to LIFT OFF
Jan-22-21  Albanius: RIP Lubosh!

Apparently originally posted the variation with 23 Nxg7! but later corrected it with the actual game as played.

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  SteinitzLives: We will miss you Lubosh! You were a quiet but shining light in the early post-Fischer chess era. You kept a pure focus on the game we love, displaying your immense skill in both playing and writing.

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