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Anatoly Karpov vs Kiril Georgiev
GorenjeTournament (2007), Valjevo SRB, rd 4, Jun-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E37)  ·  1-0



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Jun-17-07  euripides: In Bareev vs Ivanchuk, 2006, White castled on move 13 allowing Re8 followed by d4. Karpov's move order gets the bishop to c3 before Black can get d4 in. Black gets rid of White's two bishops and isolates the c pawn(s) but White has a centralised king and nice open lines in the endgame. The isolated d5 pawn is one of many on that square that Karpov has tortured over the years.
Jun-17-07  euripides: Extricating the rook after winning the d5 pawn involves some tricky tactics. I guess after 38...Rxc3 White plays 39.Kf2 and then Bd1xb3 followed by Ke2-d2 to break the pin.
Jun-17-07  malthrope: It's really good to see the old 'Karpovian squeeze' in action once again... A superb chess game! ;-) - Mal

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Jun-18-07  Karpova: <euripides: Extricating the rook after winning the d5 pawn involves some tricky tactics. I guess after 38...Rxc3 White plays 39.Kf2 and then Bd1xb3 followed by Ke2-d2 to break the pin.>

But the bishop is not yet on d1 so
38...Rxc3 39.Bd1 (39...Rxe3+ 40.Kf2)
and why should white play Bxb3 anyway and nor Rxb3 ?

Jun-18-07  euripides: <karpova> By Bd1xb3 I meant first Bd1 then Bxb3. Black has no active option to save the knight except sacrificing the queen's side pawns which will lose anyway, so tempi aren't critical provided the Black king doesn't quite have time to enter the action e.g. 38...Rxc3 39.Kf2 Ke7 40.Bd1 Rd3 (otherwise White will play Rxb3) 41.Bxb3 Kd6 42.Ke2 Rc3 43.Kd2.

The suggested Bxb3 was based on the assumption Black would probably play Rd3 in response to Bd1.

If <38...Rxc3 39.Bd1 Rxe3+ 40.Kf2> Rd3 41.Bxb3 (not 41.Ke2 ? Nc1+ or 41.Rxb3? Rxd1) Ke7 White is a piece up but the pin is annoying. Once the pin is released, Black will have two pawns and a very active rook for the bishop. I think White probably wins e.g. 42.Ke2 Kd6 43.Kd2 Rxf3 44.Kc2 e4 45.Kb2 e3 46.Bc4 Rf2+ 47.Kc3 e2 47.Ra1, but Black has other options and it seems unnecessarily messy.

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  Mateo: This is a game played in the good old Karpovian style. But some points are weird.

Why 29...Re5? (instead of 29...Be6) and why not 30.f4? It seems that this move wins a pawn. The Rook has to come back, and then White takes the d5 pawn.

And next, why 29...Ne6? instead of 29...Be6?

Jun-18-07  euripides: <mateo> perhaps White plays f4 in response to Be6 on moves 29 or31.
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  Mateo: <euripides>: <perhaps White plays f4 in response to Be6 on moves 29 or31>. Yes, but after 29...Be6 30.f4, now Black has 30...Red7. White still stands better, but Black does not lose a pawn.
Jun-21-07  Ulhumbrus: 5...Be7 conserves the bishop pair.

14 Bc3? looks like a mistake. After 16 bxc3 Black has an isolated d5 pawn, but White's Q side is broken and Black has an advantage in development. Which suggests the question: how does Karpov manage to turn the tables? 18 Kd2 provides the beginning of an answer: White's K is several moves ahead of Black's King in development in the ending. White is playing in fact with an extra King. Which suggests the question : Can Black make the White King irrelevant?

19..Be6? is inconsistent with ...Nd8 in one respect: it blocks the use of the square e6 for the manoeuvre ...Nd8-e6 followed by ...Nxc5.19...Bd7 keeps e6 free for the N. With 21 a4 Karpov has minimised the effect of his broken Q side and his K helps to defend c3.

23...a6 weakens the point b6. What is less obvious is that it makes d5 vulnerable to attack, for a White R can now use the point b6 to get to d6 and attack the d5 pawn. Instead of 24...Re5, 24...Re7-c7 makes it possible to play the Black King to e7 without taking the risk of trapping the Rook on the e file. The result of Black's inability to play ...Ke7 is that the point d6 is left undefended and so White manages to play Rd6.

One might say that it is because of the move a5 that the move 24... Re5 is a mistake,although this is hardly obvious at first sight. The reason for this is that a5 prepares the invasion Rb4-b6-d6 by inducing ..a6 while ..Re5 precludes the defence to the threat of Rd6, namely the move ...Ke7. Instructive, is it not? Perhaps we shall learn a few more things from Karpov's wins in this tournament.

Following 30 Rd6, the move 31....Ne6? is too optimistic, offering White the d5 pawn, after which the complications which follow do not in fact win the material back; After 39 g5 White has an extra pawn and Karpov's technique will suffice to gain a win from it.

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