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The Belgian grandmaster has refused to repeat moves and he tries to trap the a6-knight. Karpov is a pawn up; if he can find a way to solve the problem of the a6-knight he has good prospects of winning. 33.a5!
White takes the opportunity to push the pawn. Time and again Karpov recognizes the tactical potential within an endgame. 33...2c6?
The Belgian grandmaster chooses the right square, but the wrong piece. He should have aimed to move his knight to c6.
Some commentators have missed it, but Black still had a way to lock up the a6-knight with 33...fie5! 34.fib8 (34.<i?fl £)c6) 34...Ad6 35.fid4 Sc8 36.fia6 2d8 and White is tied up. Black a has a good enough grip on the queen-side with his better pieces. 34.2d1!
If your opponent attacks your piece, one way of handling this problem is to attack one of his. 34...£e5
After 34...2xa6 35.2xd7 Ab4 36.Sd5 White wins slowly with the help of the knight and rook. He simply pushes the a-pawn. 35.2d5!
He keeps attacking the knight. 35...<£c4
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