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Loek van Wely vs Anatoly Karpov
Tilburg Fontys (1996), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Oct-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Quiet Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: In recent months, there's been a lot of talk on these pages (some on my part) that van Wely is outclassed when playing in high-level events. Maybe this example, against the Karpov of his top-level days, will redress the balance a little. Of particular interest is White's 32.Ng5+.
Jul-20-14  siggemannen: very nice game by Loek!
Jan-12-21  ZoneChess: I agree, this is a sweet example of Van Wely's perfect play. I still don't fully understand 32. Ng5+
Jan-13-21  carpovius: 32...fxg5 is a winning move for black))
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  perfidious: <crapovius>, after 32....fxg5 would follow 33.fxe5+ Ke8 34.e6 Ne5 35.Bxe5 dxe5 36.d6. The same idea would follow the alternative 33....Kg8.
Jan-21-21  AnotherNN: After 32...fxg5, White plays 33.pxe5+ and life becomes very difficult for Black. If 33... Kg8, then 34.pxd6 Qe8 (must guard f7) 35.pe5 and Black can't resist for long. If 33...Ke8, then 34.pxd6 Qxd6 35.Qf7+ followed by 36.Rf6 is difficult to defend.

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