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Anatoly Karpov vs Andrei Sokolov
Karpov - Sokolov Candidates Final (1987), Linares ESP, rd 6, Mar-07
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0

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Jan-23-07  Billy Ray Valentine: Interesting game... I'm surprised there is no kibitzing for this one...
Sep-12-09
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  Mateo: What happened? Maybe Sokolov lost on time?
Jan-11-14  Howard: No, Sokolov didn't lose on time.

As I recall from Chess Life, back in 1987, Sokolov had a difficult--but probably tenable endgame. But after about 30 moves of Karpov-style pressing, he finally couldn't take the pressure anymore and started to crack.

Somewhat of an unusual endgame I think.

At any rate, Game 10 was the best game of the match IMO.

Feb-18-15  poorthylacine: After 90.Bg5+ Ke6 91Rc6+ Kd5 92.Rf6 and so on, it would have been a typical Karpov killing, slow but sure, step after step; to painful to endure for Sokolov, who told it to me, even it would have been a magnificent example more of the end game perfection of Karpov....

PS: scarcely I met a chess grand master more polite, kind and simple than Andreï Sokolov; and he was speaking with me an absolute perfect french!

Oct-22-17  bkpov: Perfect. No flashiness. Inch by inch advance. Capablancaish
Apr-04-20  freeman8201: I myself as White have always avoided the QID and opt for Nimzo as I can play against it. Quite interesting to study Karpov's positions in these endgames; the bishops maneuvering 31-43.
Apr-04-20  SChesshevsky: Seems an incredibly tough game for Sokolov. Guessing after 16. Bxd4, Karpov figures he's never going to be worse and can take his time looking for an advantage.

Got to give Sokolov credit for attempt at repetition and then tricky 31. Ba3. Not sure if he thought rook and the two pawns was actually equal to two B's? Maybe better if one wasn't isolated.

But after passed pawn dropped, the two pieces for the rook are likely too tough. And again Karpov can probably continue feeling he's never going to be worse.

From 16. Bxd4 on is probably not a lot of fun for Sokolov when his opponent is a former world champ who knows he's never going to be worse.

Jan-01-21  fisayo123: Staggering and objectively very strong tactical sequence 31. Ba3!! by Sokolov 32.Qxa3 Bxe2+33.Rxe2 Nxg3+! 34.Kg2 Qxe2 35. Qc1 Nh5!

He should have maintained Queen's on the board with 38. Qe4 . Instead he goes for the endgame.

Sokolov was a top 5 player in the world at the time this match was played , a very talented attacker and endgames were apparently not his strongest point. He got outplayed very badly in the endgames of this match

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