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Sergey Karjakin vs Anatoly Karpov
Sberbank GM Rapid (2013) (rapid), Kiev UKR, rd 9, Jun-07
Scandinavian Defense: Schiller-Pytel Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Jun-07-13  guaguanco: That was just brutal.
Jun-07-13  Mudphudder: Yes it was. What was 8...Nd5??? The game was not very Karpovian at all.
Jun-07-13  luzhin: Mudhupper, 8.g3 contained the colossal threat of Bh3 winning instantly. The idea of 8...Nd5 is that 9.Bh3 can at least be countered by 9...f5.
Jun-07-13  wordfunph: Tolya played loosely, game ended too soon on move 8 :(
Jun-08-13  savagerules: This game was a senior moment for the venerable Karpov. With all of his money I doubt if he even cares about his results. He just plays for fun like a rich old retired golfer playing a round of 18 for old times sake.
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  PawnSac: Yer right about that. Karpov has nothing to prove. This is all for fun. But keep in mind guys, this is a "rapid" and not the classical time control. Karpov excelled at long patient boa constrictor type maneuvering, which takes TIME to calculate.

This is by nature "looser" chess with players more willing to sacrifice for interesting complications since the defender doesn't have as much time to find the best defense. It's more fun, yes, but the older guy is out of his element i think. But i commend him for swashbuckling with the kids.

Jun-08-13  csmath: It cannot be much fun to play like this. I don't think he plays for fun because there is none in losing.

Perhaps he is on medication or something. :-)

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  PawnSac: I might mention also that prior to this match Karpov has played the black side of the Scandinavian only twice, once in 1997 (also a rapid match) with 3. ..Qd8, and once in 2003, but that was a completely different line (Mieses-Kotroc Variation).

This rapid is the first time he has used the Qd6 variation, so it appears to me he's fooling around and mixing it up a bit just for variety. I would not take these games as serious Karpov. They are helpful for insight into the Qd6 line, like "idea variations" but not much more.

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  PawnSac: < wordfunph: Tolya played loosely, game ended too soon on move 8 :( >

8. ..Nbd7 would have been better. Then if 9.Bh3 Qd5. Though even then black will give up some tempi.

But to go in for the 8. ..Nd5 c4 Nb4 a3 thing seems to just lose a pawn by force.

I certainly don't like the ..Qd6 line at all. It just seems unprincipled. Developing the queen to a vulnerable square, and alone!

It reminds me of Nakamura with his 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 nonsense. The only reason he often gets away with it is because he is such a strong player.

Jun-08-13  Cemoblanca: That's what's called: "The execution of the K(ing)." ;)

K was already lost after 8...Nd5? and 11.d5! was the beginning of the execution. I really like modern players, but this one went terribly wrong!

Jun-09-13  RookFile: I have never seen Karpov slapped around as he was in this game.
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  juan31: El GM. A. Karpov , en esta partida, no se aprecia su maestria. Parece que no fue su dia.
Sep-04-13  offramp: <Juan31>, I agree that it was not his day, but the Scandinavian is also not his opening. The little I know of this defence is that ...c6 is essential - to give the queen movement from a5 to d8. So to me 5...Qe6 looks like a rubbish move.
Nov-07-13  AlexandraThess: Great game by Karpov. Shows that he can beat those computer hyped kids without training seriously.
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  perfidious: <AlexandraThess: Great game by Karpov. Shows that he can beat those computer hyped kids without training seriously.>

Given the way Karpov was manhandled (vis-à-vis your comment), seems to me you really should take another five-year break from CG. In that time, you might learn a little.

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  Everett: Karpov doing a <bad> Bronstein variation, getting experimental in the opening and punished for it.
Nov-24-13  Karposian: I agree with <PawnSac> that the whole 3...Qd6 line is dubious. 3...Qa5 and even 3...Qd8 seems a better choice.

And <offramp> is absolutely correct: 5...Qe6 is just a terrible move.

If you have a direct mating attack you may want to have the Queen in front of your Bishop on the diagonal! But in the opening it's almost never a good idea. The Bh3 threat was brutal!

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