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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Anatoly Karpov
Montreal (1979), Montreal CAN, rd 17, May-03
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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Dec-10-06  Abimelech: 5.Nf5 !? is this the correct approach for white here?
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  keypusher: After drawing with Tal in Round 16 (Karpov vs Tal, 1979), Karpov trailed him by half a point in this, the penultimate round.

Karpov was thus in the unusual position (for him) of needing to win with Black. He got what looks to me like a very dubious position out of the opening, and 25...g5!?! is a very un-Karpovian move. But eventually the risk-taking paid off.

Aug-31-07  Marmot PFL: 25.Bxd5 cxd5 26.Qd3 Rd8 27.Rxd5 Qc6 28.c4 looks fine for white, Karpov could forget about winning and find a way to draw. After the bad opening Karpov rebounds and dominates the tactical middlegame.
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  perfidious: <Abimelech: 5.Nf5 !? is this the correct approach for white here?>

It is probably not the strongest; certainly it is very much one of the theoretical byways at move five. The response 5....d5 is worth a look.

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  fredthebear: White's less common ploy worked; he came away with the better opening position and the bishop pair. The world champ got the better of it in the middlegame.

In fact, Karpov won the tournament!

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