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Anatoly Karpov vs Yasser Seirawan
SWIFT rapid (1992) (rapid), Brussels BEL, Jul-??
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  0-1



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  Everett: Nice endgame crush of Karpov under rapid time controls. Karpov allows an improved KID against him via the pet rat/modern of Seirawan. Early equality ensues, and Karpov likely regrets not exchanging off Seirawan's last N, as it wreaked havoc in his position later...
Mar-14-12  rilkefan: As a KID player, I look at the position after move 9 and wonder if Seirawan really wanted the position after move 16, when Bxf5 and exchanges might lead to a dead draw.
Mar-14-12  rilkefan: Needless to say, stockfish doesn't agree with any of my intuitions above. It thinks 10.f3 gives white a slight edge. It quite likes 12...c6, -0.6. It thinks 17.Rab1 is 0.0 after ...Nxg3 with a perpetual. It calculates 17.Bxf5 Rxf5 18.Rxf5 Qxf5 19.Rf1 Qc2 20.Qf2 Qxc4 21.Qf7+ Kh8 22.Bh6 Qd4+ 23.Kg2 Bg7 24.Bxg7+ Qxg7 25.b3 (or Rf6) as - well, just a touch better for black, so I guess I can count that as one correct intuition.

Also re the position after move 9 I presumably get to say engines don't evaluate KIDs all that well, esp. in human games.

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  Everett: <rilkefan> I like this practice of posting before and after computer evaluation. I don't do it enough, and it seems you used the idea to see what you're understanding. Thanks for doing it, as it reminds me of one of the ways computers can be helpful, and how I should evaluate on my own first (but more thoroughly than I usually do...)

I dont see the perpetual after 17..Nxg3.

Seems like Karpov saw the drawish 17.Bxf5 and eschewed it to fish for a win. Is this when Stockfish sees Black gaining an advantage?

... and it was good to see that at least I was partly right that this is an improved KID, as one doesn't usually see Black by move 12 have an opportunity to be a half-pawn up.

The endgame is interesting for BOOC fans, but also looking at the relative mobility of those same pieces, which usually isn't an issue.

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  Penguincw: A difficult ending to win. Closed structure on the queenside, and fixed pawns on the kingside, opposite coloured bishops, it didn't seem very likely. But when those queenside pawns fell, white could not win those queenside pawns of black's.
Mar-14-12  rilkefan: <Everett>, I don't do it enough myself.

The 17...Nxg3 line is 18. hxg3 Qh3 19. Qe3 Bxg3 20. Qe2 Be5 21. Bc3 Qg3+ and checks.

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