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Veselin Topalov vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1995), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-13
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  0-1



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Jul-07-04  Cyphelium: Karpov's own comments to this game are interesting. After white's 33rd move he writes:

'And now the most difficult move of the game:

33.- Be7

With ideas like Bc5 or 34.- Rxd4 35. Rxd4 Bc5 36. Nf3 Bc6. Another important factor is that white cannot attack with h2-h4, because this lets me use the queen for both attacking and defending purposes. Had my bishop remained on f6, the plan with h4-h5 would have worked fine. In that case, white's idea would have been to undermine the square f5 and by doing so releasing the bishop on b1. As a bonus, white's king would get a splendid hiding place on h2 after gxh5, since the knight on e5 is blocking the diagonal. Black's pawn on h5 would then actually help white, blocking attacks on the h-file. Also, the bishop on b1 would cover c2.

After 33.- Be7, in my opinion white should have played 34. h3, aiming for a drawish endgame. But Topalovplayed very actively and suddenly realisedthat he was already in great trouble.'

After move 54 and white's resigning, Karpov comments:

'The critical position of this game was at move 34, when Topalov had to switch from attack to defence.'

(I've translated this from Schacknytt 4/95.)

Jul-13-05  JohnBoy: This is a spectaular game, a real strategical triumph for Karpov. Should be game of the day at some point.
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  samvega: Thanks for the translation, Cyphelium.
Oct-09-08  Woody Wood Pusher: 33.Bxf5??,Rxd4!

Thanks for the translation <Cyp>

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