Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Anatoly Karpov
Milan (1975), Milan ITA, rd 3, Aug-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Center Attack (C84)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 12 times; par: 122 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 70 more Ljubojevic/Karpov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: The tournament is found above the game. For the newest chess events, this information may be a link which takes you to the tournament page which includes other games, a crosstable, discussion, etc.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-02-03  tud: Endgame. Karpov. Look how bishops of different colours don't draw the game because ut's Karpov. Starting move 30 it's a great endgame. Where did Ljuba fail ? Starting move 46 it's artistical.
Nov-02-03  drukenknight: Umm, maybe this is dumb question but why didnt black simply queen the pawn on the last move?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: DK, that would spell a LOT more work for Black, if Black could even win at all.

It's the classic stalemate resource with King's and bishop pawn: 57...a1=Q 58.Kxe6 Qh6+ 59.Kd7 Qd3+ 60.Kc6 Qc4+ 61.Kb7 Qb5+ 62.Ka8 Qc6+ 63.Kb8 Qb6+ 64.Ka8! and now if ...Qxc7 it's stalemate.

Even in that position, though, Black might play Qxh6 at some point and try to win a Q+P vs Q+PP ending, that's what I meant by "a LOT more work."

Nov-02-03  drukenknight: you know I thought white had won the game. duh. So where did white mess this up? I'm thinking that he should have sacked the B much earlier in the game.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: 57...a1=Q would indeed win, but of course why bother?
Apr-05-06  micartouse: The opposite color bishop ending starting at move 25 looks about as drawish as it gets, but Black generates a ridiculous amount of play for such a simplified position.

Black moves a5, b6, and keeps the king at e6 to almost stalemate the White bishop.

33. g4? is a mistake. 33 ... Bd1 pins the f3 and g4 pawns together and completely immobilizes White's king.

Moves 41-43 by the Black bishop are a demonstration of power; Black has time to reposition this bishop any way he wants before the decisive sacrifice. Cool endgame.

Apr-05-06  euripides: Another Black winning try fails, I think, by 57...a1=Q 58 Kxe6 Qa6+ 59 Kd7 Kc3 60 c8=Q+ Qxc8+ 61 Kxc8 Kd4 62 Kd7 Ke4 63 Ke6 Kxf4 64 Kf6 ! Kg4 65 Kg7 f4 66 Kxh7 f3 67 Kg7 f2 68 h7 f1=Q 69 h8=Q.

But not 65 Kf7? Kg5 66 Kg7 f4 66 Kxh7 f3 67 Kg7 f2 68 h7 f1=Q 69 h8=Q Qf6+ 70 Kg8 Qe6+ 71 Kf8 Qc8+ 72 Kg7 Qd7+ 73 Kf8 Qd8+ 74 Kg7 Qe7+ 75 Kg8 Kg6 winning. The trick for Black is to keep his queen in contact with g6 to prevent Kh7 and Qg7+. If 67 Kg8 Black will have 69...Qc4+ with the same idea.

I guess Karpov, if he needed to, would have seen all this in a flash.

Apr-05-06  Granite: White messed up by agressively trading into an endgame against Karpov. Looking at the position after move 13, black is already way ahead in development and has much more control of the center. White has already lost his advantage and in my opinion, Black already has the advantage here. This is probably why White jumped at the chance for a bishops of opposite colour endgame.

As for improvements, 29. Bf8 is a weak threat and I wouldn't have played it. It just gives the Black and excuse to get his pawns off the light square and limits the mobility of the piece.

That being said though, Karpov wins based on tempo, he has more time and that gives him the edge in queening his pawns, which wins him the game. By move 13, we can see White's already hurting in 'move time', so he was probably lost by then anyway.

Feb-17-12  Uvulu: How does 47.axb4 lose?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sastre: 47.axb4 c3 48.Bxc3 a3 49.bxa3 Kxc3 .
Jul-26-12  vinidivici: I think whats makes ljubojevic lost is the move 34th. 34.Ke4 is a dubious move.

He should arrange the pawns in the king side to all black square, preventing white squared bishop to threat later in the game. So the better move is 34.g5.

Its important bcoz black would threat the queen side sooner or later with the a pawn addition. And better not to disturb again with the king side.

Make all the case worse is 35.h5. Another very dubious move while Ljubojevic supposed to do EXACTLY the opposite thing.

May-24-16  tigreton: I can't help praising the beautiful technique of Karpov. The march of the King to c2 (to promote its future passed pawns and blockade the enemy King) and the route of the bishop to b3 (to blockade the b2 pawn and so disturb the white bishop -also from c4 if this pawn captured on c3), show a nice precission.
Jan-21-19  nezhmet: 18. b4! trying to make use of the deformed queenside pawns. Don't rush to trade rooks.
Oct-07-20  fisayo123: What a sublime endgame by Karpov! Made a world class GM look like a child.
Feb-17-21  tbontb: White correctly uses the B to protect the K-side but the K also needs to oppose the majority. The fatal error is 40. Bg7 allowing Kc2, after which the B alone cannot prevent a winning breakthrough. The last chance is probably 40. Kd2 Kxb2 41. Kxd1 Kxa3 which may yet hold.
Apr-04-23  tonsillolith: Black's queenside pawn play in the endgame is a reminder of a nice alternative strategy to the more common way of creating a passed pawn, which would be along the lines of <45...b4>, resolving the square <b4> followed by the square <a3>.

The issue is related to the fact that it's a BOOC ending, so White can control the breaking squares <b4>, <a3>, and Black can't do as much to guard them.

It may look counterintuitive, since with <45...c4> Black allows a hole on <b4>, ceding even more control there to White. But the plan succeeds, because White gets strong control of <either> the square <b4> or the square <c3>, but <not both>.

White's bishop is overloaded.

Shoutout to one other relevant move: <24...Nxe3> as opposed to <24...Bxb3>. Both moves lead to the same material distribution. In the latter, Black's bishop lands in a centralized square. In the former, the bishop sits constipating White's queenside pawn formation, while Black sends the <a> pawn down for a more permanent fix.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Bees, opposite colours, 3+3 vs. 2+3
from Endgame technique by zorro
Bishop Apartheid
from Simply Karpov!!, Simply Superb!! by Open Defence
Bishop vs Bishop
from Endgames World champions - part four by Alenrama
Anatoly Karpov's Best Games
by KingG
Moves 34(W), 35(W), 40(W)--a bad day for Ljubo.
from Tragicomedies (Dvoretsky) by Nasruddin Hodja
vikinx's favorite games
by vikinx
by parmetd
3 mejores partidas de cada campeon del mundo
by afabian
C7 "Pure BOC endings" F
from "Learn from the Legends" - Mihail Marin by Karpova
opposite color bishops
from fav Karpov & Kasparov games by guoduke
Karpov Tournament Champion - I
by amadeus
"Chess Genius Karpov" - Victor Baturinsky
by Karpova
Opposite coloured bishops
from Essential endgames by Nodreads
"Chess Genius Karpov" - Victor Baturinsky
by SpaceRunner
Milan 1975
by suenteus po 147
Instructive chess endgames I
by Jaredfchess
Book of Samurai's favorite games 8
by Book of Samurai
Basic Instinct
by Imohthep
other games
by senankit
Instructive chess endgames I
by wwall
plus 27 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC