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Artur Yusupov vs Anatoly Karpov
Candidates Match (1989), London ENG, rd 5, Oct-12
Torre Attack: Classical Defense. Petrosian Gambit (A46)  ·  1-0



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Apr-13-04  Jim Bartle: 30. Bxf7 starts a long, beautiful combination in a high-pressure game in the candidates' semi-finals. Nice the way the white queen gets to a6 and then slides across for the devastating check on g6.
Nov-16-05  Poisonpawns: Yusupov strikes first in gm 4 of the canidates match with Karpov (yes chessgames this is game 4 not 5) Karpov is better and then commits incredible blunders. 1st blunder 33..Rcc8!? when Rc6 is winning. 2nd blunder 34..Rc7? when Rb8 is better. 3rd blunder Kf8?? losing everything.
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  ray keene: btw i watched this game and foned thru the moves to kasparov in moscow at midnight uk time-at first he was unhappy at being woken up but swiftly changed his mind!-why does 33..rc6 win for black-i can see it shd hold but why win? i dont recall anyone saying black was winning at the time but later analysis may have proved us wrong-i wd love to know!
Apr-25-06  hitman84: <ray keene>Here is the analysis.... I used fritz 8 and some are my own.
I was trying to find a win for white
because I just could'nt find any idea for black in this cramped position.

30.Bf7!? I wonder how a player like yusupov went for such a sacrifice. I still think he had the upper hand and there was no need for the sac.

Interestingly Yusupov has not given any analysis for the move 30.Bf7!

<30...Qxf7 31.Qh3 bxc4 32.bxc4 Rb7 33.Rd6 Kh7 34.R1d3 Rb1+ 35.Kh2 Qf4+ 36.Rg3 Nf6! 37.Rxd8 g4 38.Qh4 Qxf2 39.Rxg4 Qg1+ 40.Kh3 Qe3+ 41.Kh2 Nxg4+ 42.Qxg4 Qg1+ 43.Kh3 Qh1+ 44.Kg3 Qe1+ = > he annotates Qf7 as ?! move but I was unable to find a win for white.

31.Qd2 Ke8 32.Qa5 bxc4 33.bxc4 Rcc8? <Actual moves>

<33...Rc6 34.a3 Rb8

< 34...Rb6 35.Rd5 Rc6

< 35...Rf6? 36.R5d3 Rb6 37.Rd5 Rf6 38.R1d3 Kf8 39.Qc7 Rf7 40.Qc6 Ke8

< 40...Rf6? 41.Rxd7 Rxc6 42.Rxd8+ Kf7 43.R3d7 Ke6 44.Rxe7+ Kxe7 45.Rd5 Ke6 >

41.Rd6 Rf6 42.Rxf6 Qxf6 43.Rd6 Qf4 44.Re6+ Kf7 45.g3! Qc1+ 46.Kg2 >

36.R1d3 Kf8 37.Qd2 Ke8 38.Qd1 Rb6 39.Qg4 < 39.Qa4 Rb1+ 40.Kh2 g4 41.g3 Qg5 >

my Line I tried to win for white but failed a Queen sac for a PP!..

39...Rf6 40.g3 Qe6 41.Qd1 Rf7 42.Rd6 Qxc4 43.Qg4 a5 44.R3d5 Kf8 45.Rxd7

< 45.Qe6 Qxe4 46.Qxh6+ Ke8 47.Re6+ Re7 48.Qh8+ Kf7 49.Rxd7! Rxh8 50.Rdxe7+ = >

45...Rdxd7 46.Rxd7 Rxd7 47.Qxd7 Qxe4 48.Qd8+ Kf7 49.Qd7+ = >

an interesting ending I am not sure if white can win this...

35.Rxd7 Qxd7 36.Rxd7 Kxd7 37.Qc3 Re8 38.Qb2 Kc7 39.Kf1 Ree6 40.Ke2 Re8 41.Kf3 Rd6 42.Kg4 Rd4 43.f3 Rf8 44.g3 Kc6 45.a4 Kc7 46.Qa3 Kd6 47.Qb3 Kc7 48.Qc3 Kc6 49.a5 ohhh... This ending is a real headache. I dont know if my idea is correct but what else can white try. Could you please help me with a plan for white after move 35 >

Jul-20-06  stanleys: Poisonpawns,this is exactly game number 5 of the match.Better checking before talking!
Nov-28-09  A Karpov Fan: 4...b6?? is a blunder, the first of many in this game. Bad day at the office for Karpov :-)
Jan-08-10  Bondsamir: Karpov had 3 minutes left on his clock before the move 33...Rc8 at that game. check the newspapers for the day of the match.
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  GrahamClayton: <A Karpov Fan>4...b6?? is a blunder, the first of many in this game. Bad day at the office for Karpov :-)

<A Karpov Fan>,
4....♗e7 is better, as played in game 7:

Yusupov vs Karpov, 1989

Aug-15-11  qqdos: <A Karpov Fan & GrahamClayton> you are in good company over 4...b6?? "An opening inaccuracy, known from the game Petrosian vs Kozma, Munich Ol. 1958." <source Mark Dvoretsky, p.32 of his 1992 book Secrets of Chess Tactics>. Dvoretsky was Yusupov's trainer! This spectacular victory was voted the best from the Candidates Semi-Finals and also one of the best of in vol.48 of Chess Informator. If it is indeed flawed as suggested that would be a pity.
May-03-22  rwbean: 33... ♖c6 = (52 ply, SF15)
34... ♖b8 = (46 ply, SF15)

30. ♕e2 about +1 so 30. ♗xf7 is a mistake...

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  HeMateMe: there was an opening variation titled "Petrosians's Gambit"? Seems counterintuitive...

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