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Anatoly Karpov vs Jan Timman
Moscow (1981), Moscow URS, rd 8, Apr-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Main Line (D42)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: In the tournaments he played just before his Merano match with Kortschnoi, Karpov deliberately and noticeably sharpened his style. He took on IQPs and doubled pawns and did very well. This is one of the games, and here is another Karpov vs Geller, 1981.

In the final position it is mate in 8:
30.♘g6+ fxg6 31.e7+ ♔e8 32.♕g8+ ♔d7 33.♖xd1+ ♗d4 34.♖xd4+ ♕d6 35.♕e6+ ♔e8 36.♕f7+ ♔d7 37.e8♕#

Sep-23-05  TheFrench: Very, very nice.
Aug-10-07  RandomVisitor: 26...Ke7 was necessary for black.
Mar-04-12  rwbean: Houdini concurs, 26 ... Ke7 has an evaluation of 0.00: 27. Ng4 Bxd4 28. Ne3 Kf6 29. Ng4+ Ke7 repeating.
Mar-04-12  Olavi: And how about Karpov's recommendation 27...Rh8 instead of Bxd4?
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  offramp: This was the last game these two great rivals played together for 5 years.

It says something about IQPs that Karpov has the opportunity to get rid of it at move 14 and at move 22 but did not do so.

White wants to set up a ♕+♗ battery on the b1-h7 diagonal, but at move 14 he seems to be nowhere near doing so:

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But at move 24:

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23.Bc2 was a good move; it overprotects the rook on d1 in view of a possible future ...Bxe5, dxe5 ...Qxe5 and ...Rxd1(+). Worth remembering!

Karpov is not used to playing <with> the IQP and he seems a bit uncertain at times...

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26.h3 looks slow to me. White's king lacks protection almost as much as black's. As mentioned above 26...Ke7 looks much better for black.

It is worth pointing out that in this classic attacking position...

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...white missed an immediate win with 28.Ng6, a couple of moves earlier than in the game.

I don't think Timman played very well in this game. He was world number three at the time but playing against Karpov in Moscow must have been very intimidating.

May-02-17  Howard: Shamkovich claimed in a 1982 article in CL&R article that Karpov could have won much more easily with 28.Nxg6+.

Strangely, Karpov claimed in Informant that 28.Nxg6+ would merely have led to (merely) an advantageous position for White.

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