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Anatoly Karpov vs Andrew Jonathan Mestel
Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984), London ENG, rd 10, May-07
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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Aug-12-07  Wowie: I think white wins by time
Aug-12-07  Karpova: I don't know the time control of this game but it's quite possible that the ygot additional time after move 60 and black is totally lost anyway. White has 4 pawns for the bishop and the d4-pawn isn't a real threat. It was sensible to resign.
Mar-15-12  litmus: 38. Bf3!? was a very creative move, just before time control. Possibly Karpov saw that he had at least a perpetual check if he wanted to bail out after move 40. Another possibility is that he intended 38. Be4! and the bishop slipped onto f3 on the way. After 38. ... dxe4 (forced, since the Rook has nowhere to go) 39. Rxc4 Bxe5 40. Bc5 e3 41. Bxe3 White's position is clearly superior.
Mar-15-12  nolanryan: if 32 ..Bxe5 I was wondering what the line is. Anyone with a computer that can check? my best guess is
33 Bc5 Rg8 34 Rxe5! Rxe5 35 Bd4 followed by Qc3
Mar-15-12  DiskFunkTionaL: " Wowie: I think white wins by time "
I agree. More than likely, Black's isolated center pawn will fall. In time, White K-side pawns will roll.
Jul-17-15  cunctatorg: That's a relatively unknown Karpov's gem, a fact which is quite incomprehensible to me: besides the strategical value of the game, there is a fascinating "strategical sacrifice" (38. Bf3!!) of a Bishop from the part of Karpov and a resignation during a thrilling endgame; of course the endgame must be "clearly" won by White but how many of us could win that against Jonathan Mestel?
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  tamar: OTOH, how many of us could draw this against Karpov?

Another possibility is being after move 60, Mestel could have been asked to seal his next move, in those bygone days...

Aug-20-18  DeathByPawns1: Why doesn't Karpov play the Greek Gift here on move 15?

15. Bxh7+

15. ..Kxh7 16. Ng5+ Kg8 17. Qxh5

15. ..Kxh7 16. Ng5+ Kg8 17. Qd3+

15. ..Kh8 16. Ng5 Nf6 17. Bd3 at the very least wins a pawn.

The first two look extremely solid. What am I missing here?

Aug-20-18  Retireborn: 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.Ng5+ Kh6! and White has nothing to show for his piece; Black will play ...g6 to protect the knight and give his king a retreat. If 17.Qd2 simply Bf4.
Nov-16-20  fisayo123: 38. Bf3! a perfectly logical bishop sacrifice for 3 pawns.

The multidimensional Mestel actually plays well throughout the game but he eventually crumbles at the end as Karpov applies the pressure

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  PawnSac: < DiskFunkTionaL: "Wowie: I think white wins by time " I agree. >

I suppose it's possible Mestel lost on the clock, but he's also very lost on the board. In the final position, after ..Bxe6 62.Rxc8+ Bxc8 :

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the e4 pawn can be easily stopped. White has 4 passed pawns and can start rushing them down the board! After 63.f4 Kf7 64.f5 :

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What is black to do? Sac the bishop on e6 for 2 pawns?? No. If black tries to push the pawn ..d3 Kf2 stops it cold. It's a hopeless position.

Aug-04-22  Retireborn: 42.Qg6+ and 57...d4 were the sealed moves, according to my notes from a tournament book or pamphlet. There's no suggestion that Mestel lost on time.

When he played 38.Bf3 Karpov could not have been absolutely sure that it wins, but he knew he would get at least perpetual.

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  kingscrusher: 38.Be4 seems technically strongest

192: Anatoly Karpov - Andrew Jonathan Mestel 1-0 10.0, Phillips & Drew GLC Kings 1984

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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. +- (2.06): 38...dxe4 39.Rxc4 Rf3 40.Rc8 Rd3 41.Rxe4 Qf3 42.Rxf8+ Kxf8 43.Bc5+ Ke8 44.Rd4 Rxd4 45.Bxd4 Kd8 46.Bb6+ Kd7 47.Qh7+ Kc6 White is clearly better

(Gavriel, 01.12.2022)

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