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Florin Gheorghiu vs Anatoly Karpov
Lucerne Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 12, Nov-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  0-1



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Sep-07-07  Maynard5: This is a rather surprising win by Karpov. Despite the fact that many of his pieces are concentrated on the back rank in the early middle game, he is able to free himself, and achieve a superior endgame. The critical position occurs after the exchanges on move 48. Black's king is two moves closer to the center than White's, with the result that Black will be able to win the a-pawn with Kd6, Kc5, etc. White's 49. e5 is justified despair. Karpov must have forseen this type of situation far in advance, since he begins to activate his king as early as move 32.
Sep-07-07  drukenknight: Tell me again how 49 e5 is justified? It's not even playable..
Sep-07-07  Maynard5: This move, which I would agree is horrendous, was characterized as "justified despair", a figure of speech. If White plays differently, Karpov wins with 49. ... Kd6, followed by 50. ... Kc5.
Sep-08-07  drukenknight: 49 Nc5 Take it from there...
Sep-08-07  Maynard5: After 49. Nc5 Kd7 50. Kf2 (50. e5? transposes to the actual game) Kc6 51. Ke3 Kc5 52. Kd3 Kb4 is winning for Black.
Sep-10-07  drukenknight: that looks good, then move 42 is the losing move?
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  offramp: 48.Nxb3.

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This position made me think of
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927

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Nov-14-20  fisayo123: Yet another example of Karpov winning a dry game with minimal pieces on the board against a very strong GM. His technique was just otherworldly.

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