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Anatoly Karpov vs Zhong Zhang
Cap d'Agde KO (2000), Cap d'Agde FRA, rd 1, Nov-01
Dutch Defense: Semi-Leningrad Variation (A81)  ·  1-0



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Nov-23-04  Poisonpawns: It is hard to believe there is not a winning continuation for black here, any analysis available would be appreciated.
Nov-23-04  Lawrence: If there is one, <Junior 8> cannot find it. The engine shows White with an advantage of at least +11.5 (35.....Kxg7) which is pretty convincing.
Nov-23-04  Minor Piece Activity: I think that Poisonpawns meant finding a winning continuation in the middlegame (not the last move), where black was up a pawn with a good attack. The last few moves look like time control problems.
Nov-24-04  Poisonpawns: <Minor piece activity> thanks, I was talking about the middle game it seems black has a nice build up, and i was wondering if there was a winning line here.
Mar-30-07  Pragmatist: I seriously doubt that black had winning chances. Perhaps he could have obtained greater attacking chances earlier on, but after 18.h4! white has no serious problems. Even though black's position looks aggressive, bear in mind that white has two more pieces to use!! Black's Na6 and Bd7 are completely out of play. White's Nf4 and Nd3 are his extra pieces and they are very strong. To illustrate the stability of white's position, look at the position after 23...Rg4 There are seven!! pieces on the h-file and nobody has definite access to the other's king. If the attack by black was so strong, how could white give black two whole tempi! (Qxa5 and Qd2) just to win a pawn. Karpov is one of the world's greatest defensive experts with plenty of experience facing Kasparov's brilliant attacks. I doubt he'd give black two free moves if the attack had any bite at all.
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  whiteshark: Instead of <10...Bd7> black should have played better <10...c6>

Note: 9... Na6 and 31... Nb8

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