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Anatoly Karpov vs Jaan Ehlvest
Japfa Classic (2000), Bali, rd 7, Apr-22
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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Jul-14-09  Billy Ray Valentine: I assume this was a blitz game?
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  plang: <I assume this was a blitz game?>

No, a classical 10 player round-robin won by Polgar 1/2 point ahead of Karpov and Khalifman.

Through 18..Bf6 the game followed the draw Karpov-Adams Dos Hermanas 1999 where Karpov played 19 Qc2; the pawn sacrifice 19 c5!? was new. 23 Bxc6..e5 24 Bg2..e4 would have recovered material but ceded the initiative. After the game Ehlvest explained that when he played 28..f4!? and 29..g5 he thought he was already better and that the attack was justified; a quieter alternative was 28..Be5 29 Bxc6..Bc7. 32..Bf6 keeping the g-file open was an alternative retreat. Karpov thought that 35..a6?! was too slow recommending 35..e5 36 Ke2..Qg1 37 Qd3..Bg4+ 38 Bf3..Bh3 when Black has the initiative. Leading up to the time control Ehlvest made a series of ineffective queen moves after which White was clearly better. Karpov thought that 54 Kf2 would have been better with the cute trap 54..Bf6? 55 Rxf6..Rxf6 56 Bd5 winning. Karpov methodically limited Black's attempts at perpetual check and eventually created winning threats with his c-pawn.

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