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Anatoly Karpov vs Henrique Mecking
Najdorf Memorial (2001), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 4, Sep-07
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0



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Feb-23-03  skakmiv: what about 24.e6!?
Feb-23-03  mdorothy: After 24.e6?? the white rook is attacked twice and defended once.
Feb-23-03  skakmiv: yea.. But White is threatning mate on g7...?
Feb-23-03  drukenknight: okay I'll play along. 24...g6? moving the f pawn looks bad in view of 25 Rd7
Feb-23-03  Bears092: 24... fxe6.

The Queen defends g7.

Feb-23-03  drukenknight: we are getting killed in this and its YOUR FAULT!

Why are we not playing 24...Qg5??

The French is such a counterattacking game, isn't it?

Feb-23-03  mdorothy: I'm really sorry.. thats the dumbest thing I've said in a long time. 24...fxe6 looks good to me.
Feb-24-03  drukenknight: dont worry, I was agreeing w/ you. :(
Jan-12-09  M.D. Wilson: Surely Karpov and Mecking played more than three times?
Aug-18-10  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 22...Qe7 is 22...Qf5 heading for g6
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  plang: 5 Qc2 makes it more difficult for Black to develop his queen bishop; 5..e6 was already a new move. Karpov thought that Black should have played 9..cxd 10 exd..b6; instead with his 9..0-0?! and 11..h6?! Black gave White a favorable setup where ,,a6 was superfluous and he had taken two moves to achieve ..c5. 21..Bxb4 22 Nc2..Qe7 23 Nxb4..Qxb4 24 Ba3 would have won material for White. A tougher defense would have been 25..exf+ 26 Rxf2..Rfc8 27 Rd2..Re8 28 Bb2..Qf8 29 b5..axb 30 Ba3..Rc4 31 e6!..b4 32 Bb2..f5 33 e7!..Qf7 34 Rd8..Rc8 35 Rxc8..Bxc8 36 Rd8 and wins.

One of the nicer games from the latter period of Karpov's career.

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