Sunday, June 17, 2007

Karpov Playing In Gorenje 2007 (Valjevo, Serbia)!

Anatoly Karpov, former World Champion is playing at Gorenje 2007 (Valjevo, Serbia). It have been quite a long time for him to play in serious robin tournament with classical time control since Essent 2003.

The list of Players:

1. Anatoly Karpov (RUS 2668)
2. Kiril Georgiev (BUL 2653)
3. Predrag Nikolic (BIH 2631)
4. Michael Roiz (ISR 2616)
5. Ivan Ivanisevic (SRB 2614)
6. Mihajlo Stojanovic (SRB 2588)
7. Viorel Iordachescu (MDA 2587)
8. Branko Damljanovic (SRB 2585)
9. Suat Atalik (TUR 2584)
10. Dusko Pavasovic (SLO 2567)

Karpov draw all 3 games he played so far. Tonight he are playing with Gorgiev. Below is the update game

Karpov (2665) - Gorgiev (2653) [E37] Round 4, Gorenje 2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 c5 8.dxc5 Nc6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Nf3 Qf6 this appears to be a novelty by Georgiev. Most common moves were Bf5 and Qa5, 11.e3 Bg4 12.Be2 0-0 13.Bd2 Rfe8 14.Bc3 14. Bc3 Black threten 14...d4, ripping apart White's position. 14...Nxc3 15.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 16.bxc3 Rac8 17. Rb1 is expected as Karpov might be eyeing b7 pawn. Georgiev will re-route his Knight Nc6-d8-e6 and insert Re8-e7 (protecting b7) to capture on c5, or he will take on c5 with his Rc8 and press White weak pawn on c3. 17.Rb1 Nd8 18.Kd2 Re7 19.Rb4 Be6 20.Nd4 The knight is not easily driven from d4 20...Rxc5 21.a4 Bd7 [21...b6!?+/=] 22.Ra1+/- g6 23.a5 a6 24.Bf3 Re5 25.Rb6 Truly Karpov style - he settle with small but permanent advantage and never let it go. That's why his style iof play is like a tycoon- slowlly but surely grip and weaken the enemies! 25...Kf8 26.g4 Ke8 27.h4 Rc7 28.Be2 Re7 29.Rd6 Re5 30.Rb6 [30.f4 could be better 30...Re7+-] 30...Re7 31.Rd6 Gaining time for the time control. Karpov could afford this because black have no serious counterplay [31.g5 Nc6+/-] 31...Ne6 [31...Re5 32.f4 Re7+-] 32.Rxd5 Nc5 33.f3 Be6 34.Re5 [Not 34.Nxe6 Nb3+ 35.Kd3 fxe6-/+ when the table turn.; 34.Rd6? would be met by 34...Bxg4 35.fxg4 Ne4+] 34...f6 35.Nxe6 Nb3+ 36.Ke1 The king heading for kingside pawn majority. 36...fxe5 37.Nxc7+ Rxc7 38.Ra3 Nc5 [38...Rxc3?? a poisoned pawn 39.Kf2+- and the knight will be doom.] 39.g5 Karpov fixing the black pawn on light square and will try to exploit it later with his bishop 39...h6 40.gxh6 Rh7 41.Kf2 Rxh6 42.Kg3 Rh7 43.Ra1 Nb3 44.Ra3 Nc5 45.Ra2 Rc7 46.Kg4 Ke7 47.c4 Kf6 48.Rd2 Rd7?

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