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Anatoly Karpov vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Not the Meran Type" (game of the day Dec-11-2017)
Vienna Millenium (1996), Vienna AUT, rd 2, Aug-10
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Dec-27-11  indoknight: WOW! double pawn sacrifice!
Apr-03-12  Savarkar 22: awesome middlegame.....a lot to learn for a keen student of chess.... :))
Oct-11-12  FairyPromotion: Just watched a video about this game, and man was Karpov truly an Endgame Virtuoso.

Great analysis by Karpov himself:

Aug-10-13  Mudphudder: Love seeing games between these two positional giants!!!! Ending was just awesome, watching Karpov's king walk while Kramnik ate up his pawns only to end up in a hopeless bind at the end.
Dec-29-14  nikrj: Karpov is a bit Capablanca: he makes the impossible looks easy!
Jan-20-15  Everett: I wonder just how much more Karpov would win if he was in his prime now, in the time of no adjournments. He was such a strong, practical player with tremendous technique, the only player that comes to mind currently is Carlsen. Everyone else just doesn't have it like Karpov, Carlsen, and from eons ago... Capablanca and Lasker. Their endgame errors are so rare, and the problems they created was a tremendous part of their success.
Feb-14-15  saintdufus: In their book *The Two Knights Defense*, Beliavsky and Mikhalchishin say " is well known that the knight is stronger than the bishop when the opponent has doubled pawns."

As one example, they cite this game.

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  offramp: A game played in the Vienna Millenium tournament of 1996, celebrating the founding of Vienna in 996.

How do you found a city? It is actually quite easy. You and some friends go out into a huge field or desert and stick a pole in the ground and one of you says: "This is the site of the city of Offrampopolis." Then you go and celebrate.

Today's pun, <"Not the Meran Type">, is based on the phrase, "He is not the marrying type." This is often said of actors and artists who live with their managers and who are aged over 50 and not yet married.

Dec-11-17  morfishine: <offramp> LMAO
Dec-11-17  bcokugras: What is the white’s answer to black’s 59. Rh6?
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  Stonehenge: You can make the move yourself on the board and then click on <engine> on the right-hand side. It gives 60.Ra3.
Dec-11-17  capafischer1: Karpov has 3 wins to 2 losses with 10 draws vs kramnik.
Dec-11-17  Olavi: <capafischer1: Karpov has 3 wins to 2 losses with 10 draws vs kramnik.>

It's 2-2, as usual for chessgames,com a rapid game has been counted, in this case Eurotel 2002.

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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: ...

How do you found a city? It is actually quite easy. You and some friends go out into a huge field or desert and stick a pole in the ground and one of you says: "This is the site of the city of Offrampopolis.">

I prefer to name it "Offramp City" or "Offrampburg". Or even "New Offramp City"

Dec-11-17  orbisignis89: Alpha who?
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  Richard Taylor: 8...e5 seems to be premature.

The doubled pawns probably don't mean a loss but if there is one other weakness this is very hard for Black to play.

Karpov's technique here is great.

Dec-11-17  catlover: <I prefer to name it "Offramp City" or "Offrampburg". Or even "New Offramp City">

I like "Offrampville". I hope the town has low taxes. If so, I might move there.

This is a beautiful game. As for the pun, are Karpov and Kramnik single?

Dec-11-17  Robinkill: Beautiful job by Karpov.
Those where the days ..... no one today plays like that. Comparing Carlsen to Karpov is like comparing toilet cistern to Niagara falls.
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  Check It Out: The writing was on the wall after Karpov broke up kramnik’s kingside pawns with 21.Bxf6; but what beautiful writing it is!
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  AylerKupp: <Robinkill> Out of curiosity, what is the source of your dislike of Carlsen? No one is suggesting that you become a fan, but calling him a toilet cistern is a little bit extreme, don't you think?
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  HeMateMe: I think we're in best pun/worst pun territory here...
Dec-11-17  Robinkill: Well, I do not like players without any style - all computer products.Carlsen is one of them. Caruanas,Giris,Sos and other cisterns.
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  HeMateMe: another brilliant positional recognition of middle game to endgame pawn structure by Karpov.
Dec-12-17  chesst: eas y:kar let kra
in the far...
& kra let kar finger
the corner...
Oct-29-18  Inocencio: Wow, very instructive endgame!
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