Winning Two Pawns Down: Anatoly Karpov – Nikolic Predrag 1-0

Being material down can be daunting in chess, but not if you have compensation and know how to use it. In this position, White is two pawns down, but the Black King is exposed and there’s a killer d-pawn on the seventh rank. How did White win? Black has just played 42. … Kg8.

Black resigned immediately after 43. Re8. Replay the game with Chess King.

Karpov Anatoly (RUS) (2755) – Nikolic Predrag (BIH) (2600)

Result: 1-0
Site: Skelleftea (Sweden)
Date: 1989

[…] 1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘f3 ♗b4+ 4.♗d2 ♕e7 5.g3 O-O 6.♗g2 ♗xd2+ 7.♕xd2 d6 8.♘c3 e5 9.O-O ♖e8 10.e4 ♗g4 11.d5 ♗xf3 12.♗xf3 c5 13.♖ae1 a6 14.b3 ♘bd7 15.♗g2 ♖ab8 16.a4 ♕d8 17.♕d1 ♖e7 18.♖e3 ♕a5 19.♖fe1 ♔h8 20.♗h3 ♖g8 21.♔h1 ♕d8 22.♕d2 ♘h5 23.♘e2 g6 24.a5 ♘g7 25.♗xd7 ♕xd7 26.f4 ♖ge8 27.b4 cxb4 28.♕xb4 f5 29.♘c3 exf4 30.gxf4 fxe4 31.♘xe4 ♕f5 32.c5 dxc5 33.♕c4 ♕xf4 34.d6 ♖e5 35.d7 ♖d8 36.♕c3 h5 37.♖f3 ♕h4 38.♖f7 ♖g8 39.♕c1 g5 40.♘g3 ♖d5 41.♖f6 ♖d8 42.♕b1 ♔g8 43.♖e8+

43…♖xe8 “Taking with the Knight 43. … is no better either because it allows a similiar winning combination” 44.dxe8=♕+ ♘xe8 45.♕g6+ ♘g7 46.♕f7+ ♔h7 47.♕xd5

One Response to “Winning Two Pawns Down: Anatoly Karpov – Nikolic Predrag 1-0”

  • Sebastian Wolff, Washington says:

    Naturally Re8 is screaming to be played and I wouldn’t even calculate further – wink.

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