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Anatoly Karpov vs Robert Huebner
W-ch Student Team Final-A (1972), Graz AUT, rd 6, Jul-26
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Polugaevsky Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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Sep-09-06  avidfan: 45.c4xd5 began the squeeze on Black's position by limiting the activity of the Black rook.

50.Ra1 ensured a passed pawn after capture of a5-pawn on the next move.

68.d6+ started a mating threat Rf8 (after 69.Bb5 , 72.Bc6, and 74.Rxf6).

On 75.Kc3 and the exhaustion of Black's checks, 75...Nd7 76.Rf7 Rxa6 77.Rxd7+ Kc8 78.Rc7 wins.

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  sleepyirv: This is one of Karpov's "I'll show you" games after becoming World Champ by default. It's amazing how a positional player can go from weakness to weakness- the d6 pawn, the b6 pawn, the isolated pawns on f and h- until something gives. In this case, most everything gives and what could have been something of a drawish position ends up with Black in shambles.
Jan-25-09  M.D. Wilson: Sleepyirv, this game was played in 1972. Karpov had to wait another three years until he became world champion. He didn't become world champion "by default", either. Fischer resigned the title to him, rather than attempt to defend it OTB.
Dec-02-09  WiseWizard: this guy is ruthless. He's not trying to have fun, he wants to make his opponent suffer. I can see how fear of this man could have spread like plagues (with the same effect)in the 70s chess scene. (gimme all his games!!) ;]

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