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Karpov, An (2690) - Ricardi, P. (2545) [D35]
Najdorf Memorial, Buenos Aires (9) 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5
As I wrote one year ago in my first review in the Chess Siberia Anatoly Karpov lost on time on the 39th move in a good position with an extra pawn in the game against Pablo Ricardi in the last round of the Najdorf festival 2000. The opening was the Volga Gambit. It is strange, but in this 2001 year Karpov played against Ricardi in the last round again. However, this time Ricardi chose not so happy opening. Maybe better was 3...Bb4 or 3...c5.
4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 c6 7. Bd3 Bd6 8. Nf3 Nf8 9. Ne5








   
9...Ng6?!
A dubious move. Better are 9... Ne6, 9... Qb6 and 9... Qe7.
9... Ne6!? 10. Bf4 g6 11. Qc2 Ng7 12. g4?, Chuchelov, V - De Waal, M, Zwolle 1998, and possible is 12...Nxg4.
9... Qb6!? 10. O-O Bxe5 11. dxe5 N6d7 12. Bf4 Nc5 13. Na4 Nxa4 14. Qxa4 Ne6 15. Qc2 g5 16. Bg3 h5 17. h4 Bd7 18. b4 Rg8 19. hxg5 Nxg5 20. Qc5 h4 21. Bf4 h3 22. Bxg5 Rxg5 23. g3 Qxc5 24. bxc5 b6 25. Rfc1 Rxe5 26. Rab1 Rb8 27. Rb4 b5 28. a4 a6 29. axb5 axb5 30. Ra1 Rg5 31. Kh2 Rb7 1/2-1/2, Gulko, B - Smagin, S, Moscow-ch 1984.
9...Qe7!? 10. f4 h6 11. Bh4 g5 12. fxg5 hxg5 13. Bxg5 Bxe5 (unclear is 13...Rg8 14. Bh4 Bxe5 15. dxe5 Qxe5 16. Qf3 Ng4 17. O-O-O Be6 18. Rde1 Nxh2 19. Qf4 Ng4, Portisch, L - Ljubojevic, L, Niksic 1978, 1/2 in 42 moves) 14. dxe5 Qxe5 15. Bf4 Qe7 16. O-O Nh5 17. Qa4 Nxf4 18. Qxf4 Be6 19. Rac1 Qh4 20. Na4 Nd7 21. b4 Ke7 22. Nc5 Nxc5 23. bxc5 Qxf4 24. Rxf4 Rhc8 25. Rb1 b6 26. Ba6 Rcb8 27. Rfb4 1/2-1/2, Dizdar, G - Groszpeter, A, AUT-chT 1999.
10. f4 Qb6
If 10... O-O then 11. Qc2 Re8 12. O-O-O Nf8 13. h3 with an attack on the kingside.
11. Qc2 O-O
After 11... Ng4 12. O-O-O! Nxe3 (12... O-O 13. Rde1) 13. Qe2 Bxe5 14. Qxe3 Qxd4 15. fxe5 Qxe3+ 16. Bxe3 Nxe5 17. Rhe1 Nxd3+ 18. Rxd3 Be6 19. Bd4 Kd7 20. Rg3 White has a clear advantage.
12. Bxf6! gxf6 13. Nf3 Re8 14. Kf2








   
14...Bg4
White has a strategically winning position. Black's weaknesses on the kingside do not compensate a pressure on the e3 pawn because White can defend this pawn easily.
15. Rhe1 Rac8 16. g3 Kg7 17. Rac1 Qd8 18. Bf5 Bxf3 19. Kxf3
Worse is 19. Bxc8? Qxc8 20. Kxf3 Qh3 21. Kf2 Qxh2+ 22. Kf3 Qh3, draw by repetition.
19...Rc7 20. a3!
A nice coordination - the light-squared bishop and pawns on the dark squares.
20...Rce7 21. Rcd1!?
Since the second player has not counterplay White is in no hurry.
21...Bc7 22. Re2 Qd6 23. Kf2 a6 24. Bg4 Bb6 25. Qf5 Ba7 26. Kf3 b5?!
Another weakness. More precise is 26...Qd8.
27. Qd3 a5 28. Kf2








   
28...b4?!
Correct is 28... Nf8.
29. axb4 axb4 30. Na4 Re4 31. Bf3 R4e7 32. Rc1 Qd7 33. Nc5 Qh3?
More precise is 33... Qd6.
34. Bg2 Qh5
If 34... Qc8 then 35. Qd2 Bxc5 36. Rxc5 Qb7 37. Qc1.
35. h3 Nf8 36. Nb3
Winning. Karpov takes clear first place in the Najdorf Memorial.
36...Re6 37. f5 Rd6 38. Bf3 Qh6 39. Na5 Bb8 40. h4 Rc8 41. Qa6 Rc7 42. Rxc6 Ra7 43. Qb6 Nd7 44. Qxb4
Black resigned. 1-0










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Karpov, Anatoly (2692) - Ricardi, Pablo (2545) [D35]
Najdorf Memorial 12th/Buenos Aires (9) 2001

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 c6 7. Bd3 Bd6 8. Nf3 Nf8 9. Ne5 Ng6 10. f4 Qb6 11. Qc2 O-O 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Nf3 Re8 14. Kf2 Bg4 15. Rhe1 Rac8 16. g3 Kg7 17. Rac1 Qd8 18. Bf5 Bxf3 19. Kxf3 Rc7 20. a3 Rce7 21. Rcd1 Bc7 22. Re2 Qd6 23. Kf2 a6 24. Bg4 Bb6 25. Qf5 Ba7 26. Kf3 b5 27. Qd3 a5 28. Kf2 b4 29. axb4 axb4 30. Na4 Re4 31. Bf3 R4e7 32. Rc1 Qd7 33. Nc5 Qh3 34. Bg2 Qh5 35. h3 Nf8 36. Nb3 Re6 37. f5 Rd6 38. Bf3 Qh6 39. Na5 Bb8 40. h4 Rc8 41. Qa6 Rc7 42. Rxc6 Ra7 43. Qb6 Nd7 44. Qxb4 1-0


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