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Boris Gelfand vs Anatoly Karpov
FIDE Candidates Match (1995), Sanghi Nagar IND, rd 9, Feb-18
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1

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Aug-19-06  Brown: One can tell, after 31...Ne4, that Karpov knows how to centralize his pieces.

I am most impressed by the calm, subtle (read: beyond my understanding) and complex 21...Qe7.

Also 23...e4! must have been hard to see. Karpov allows his kingside pawn structure to be compromised and soon drops two pawns just so he can get in Ng5. After that, the flood gates open into white's center. Some deep understanding there.

Aug-19-06  positionalgenius: <Brown>yes Karpov is a <positionalgenius>!
Aug-19-06  Brown: Karpov is much, much more than a positional genius.
Aug-19-06  positionalgenius: <Brown>:)
Sep-11-06  Brown: <positionalgenius> *burp*
Nov-17-06  notyetagm: What centralization!

Position after 31 ... ♘e4:


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Nov-17-06  notyetagm: An amazing position. White has neither pawns nor minor pieces controlling the critical d4-, d3-, and e3-squares so Black occupies all three of these central squares with his heavy pieces.
Dec-17-07  sitzkrieg: Wouldn't 11 ..Bg4 be a big improvement? white cant play e3, the black knight stays on d4 and later on the bishop moves to g4 anyway.
Dec-17-07
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  Phony Benoni: You call that centralization? Now <THIS> is centralization: J F van der Hoeven vs F Lucas, 1989
Aug-24-08  Jim Bartle: "Go ahead, Anatoly. Group all your pieces in the center, I donĀ“t mind."
Apr-05-11  PSC: I annotated the game here: http://patzerseescheck.blogspot.com...
Jun-09-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Very strange position indeed after 31...Ne4
Mar-14-15
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  carpovius: <Phony Benoni: You call that centralization? Now <THIS> is centralization: J F van der Hoeven vs F Lucas, 1989> absolutely different level of games. seems a bit strange to compare them. may I call <THIS> a stupid centralization?)))
Mar-15-15  Olavi: <carpovius> This is the classic example: Pachman vs Fischer, 1959
Mar-28-15
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  carpovius: !!! thnx <Olavi>
Oct-03-20  fisayo123: 23...e4!! explodes the position and Karpov shows that he is ready to make weaknesses in his position to launch an attack on White's king , which he eventually does.

This match was played in 1995. Gelfand is 26 years old in the prime of his life. Karpov is 44 an old man chess wise by the standards of the 1990's, and has been through the wars.

Yet he makes it look easy, thumping Gelfand 4-1 with 4 draws in this 9 game match. Kasparov in one of his books talks about how in an interview in the early 90's he gave, Gelfand would be a potential problem for Karpov in a match. Gelfand gets his wish a few years later and Karpov demonstrates the difference between a top 3 player of a generation and a top 3 player of all time.

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