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Vladimir Tukmakov vs Anatoly Karpov
USSR Championship (1973), Moscow URS, rd 12, Oct-17
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-08-08  ToTheDeath: A very "fighting" draw. White sacrificed an exchange for a dangerous attack but Karpov defended like a machine.

If instead of <31.h3> White tries 31.Qxc4 he gets knocked cold by 31...Rc6!! and there is no defending White's back rank.

At the end 43.h4! Rgf5 44 a5 is correct, keeping some winning chances. Instead Tukmakov's <43.a5?> allows 43...h4! 44. Bxh4 Rxg2+ 45. Qxg2 Bxg2 46.Kxg2 Rf4 47.Be1 Ra4- and although Black has an advantage it is probably drawn with correct defense. Karpov was probably happy to split the point after defending this tough position for so long. It says something that Karpov liked this defensive effort enough to include it in his best game collection.

Feb-14-09  Breyannis Nektarios: I am not sure that 43.h4 offers anything more than a draw. The game at this point is just 2 moves after the adjournment, and I don't believe Tukmakov would miss such an opportunity, if he were to gain realistic winning chances. Moreover, the game was later annotated by both Tukmakov in Chess Informant and the Russian magazine "64", and by Karpov in his book "My Best Games" (published in 1978). No one says anything about this possibility. Fritz 11 evaluates as " ", but I think that the doubled "a" passed pawns cannot be promoted to a8, as White has the wrong bishop (no control of the diagonal h1-a8). Anyway, in the game as was played, after 43.a5,h4 44.Bxh4,Rxg2+ 45.Qxg2,Rf4 46.Kxg2 a theoretically drawn position would have arisen. A very exciting game, in the most competitive USSR Championship ever! Bravo to both...
Nov-14-17  Octavia: Verkhovsky: DRAW, p 119, in 2014 edition

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