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Anatoly Karpov vs Ilia Smirin
55th USSR Championship (1988), Moscow URS, rd 3, Jul-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Saemisch Variation (E15)  ·  1-0



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Sep-22-06  positionalgenius: Karpov plays a strategic masterpiece.
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  perfidious: A display of iron technique by the former world titleholder in a line which arises from the Symmetrical English by transposition and has scored poorly for Black.
Mar-26-17  ChessHigherCat: Why didn't Karpov play 26. Rxa7, which wins a pawn and prevents Qh6? Was Karpov just worried about black challenging the file with 26...Rd8 or is there something better?
Mar-26-17  cunctatorg: Anatoly Karpov's chess glorifies the game.
May-21-22  Llera: <ChessHigherCat: Why didn't Karpov play 26. Rxa7, which wins a pawn and prevents Qh6? Was Karpov just worried about black challenging the file with 26...Rd8 or is there something better?> The a7 pawn was too weak (White takes him in his 29th move), and it was impossible for Black to defend it, for example, if Smirin would have played 28...Qa6, then Karpov would have played 29.h4! putting his rival in zugzwang. Then White plan should be Rdc7+Rd6-d7 and a7 (or f7 if Black plays ...Rf8a8) will fall.
May-21-22  Retireborn: 26.Rxa7 allows 26...b5 with some counterplay. Karpov prefers 26.Qd4 which increases his coordination and maintains the initiative with a threat of 27.Rxe6 fxe6 28. Qxg7#

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