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Karpov, Anatoly - Taimanov, Mark E URS-ch39, Leningrad 1971.09.15, 1-0, Opening: B44

1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. ♘xd4 ♘c6 5. ♘b5 d6 6. ♗f4 e5 7. ♗e3 ♘f6 8. ♗g5 ♗e6 9. ♘1c3 a6 10. ♗xf6 gxf6 11. ♘a3 ♘e7 12. ♘c4 d5 13. exd5 ♘xd5 14. ♘xd5 ♗xd5 15. ♘e3 ♗c6 16. ♗c4 ♕xd1+ 17. ♖xd1 ♖c8 18. ♗d5 ♗xd5 19. ♖xd5 ♔e7 20. ♔e2 ♔e6 21. ♖hd1 f5 22. g3 f4 23. gxf4 exf4 24. ♘g2 ♖xc2+ 25. ♔f3 ♗c5 26. ♘xf4+ ♔f6 27. ♘d3 Karolyi explains that this placing of the knight is very typical of Karpov.I was immensly impressed by the strength of this idea.All of black's counterplay slows down significantly as the knight defends against both the rook on the seventh(second) and bishop's pressure on f2. 27... ♖c8

28. ♖d7 b5 29. ♖e1! The rooks are now liberated and go after the black king.

29... ♔g7 30. ♖e4 ♖c4 31. ♘e5 ♖xe4 32. ♔xe4 ♔g8 33. f4 It is important to note that Rook and Knight or Queen and knight are quite an amazing pair when attacking the opposing king.Mating nets galore!

33... ♗f8 34. ♘xf7 ♖c2 35. ♘g5 ♗h6 36. ♘e6 ♖xh2 37. ♔f5 ♗xf4 38. ♔xf4 ♖xb2 39. ♖g7+ ♔h8 40. ♖a7 h5 41. ♖xa6 b4 42. ♘d4 ♖g2 43. ♔f3 ♖d2 44. ♔e3 ♖b2 45. ♔f4 ♖d2 46. ♘f5 ♖b2 47. ♔g5 b3 48. ♖h6+ ♔g8 49. ♔f6 [1-0]

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