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Viktor Korchnoi vs Anatoly Karpov
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 14, Dec-13
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  0-1



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  nasmichael: Mednis--"In some difficulty after an experimental opening, Karpov resourcefully complicated the position. Korchnoi starts taking things too easily and suddenly finds himself pushed back on all fronts. Karpov consistently goes for a strategically superior position. When his opponent misses a tactical point, Black also gains material superiority. It takes only ten moves of the Karpov technique before White must resign." --HOW KARPOV WINS

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I find it hard to take the one-sidedness of the commentaries sometimes--but when I see the games, I try to absorb the position and not get caught up in the veracity of the commentary. Hero worship--or in chessic commentaries, victor worship--can cloud the judgement. Everyone forgets the player's mind. It is not always clairvoyance, but he/she has everyday things on the mind, like everyone else. But when it is time to move, the warrior comes out.

Feb-14-04  ughaibu: It's a very energetic game on Karpov's part and he shows remarkable judgement with the advance of his d-pawn. I assume white cant play 28.Qd3 because of Nf2(?)
Oct-15-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Grooming passed pawns for promotion

Position after 32 ... ♕e6-c4:

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  Everett: There are parallels between this game and Morozevich's win over Kramnik here.

Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2007

Similar ugly pushing of the K-side pawns.

This Karpov is nearly unrecognizable in the opening.

Apr-01-12  skemup: what's wrong with 21...Qb4 ?
Jan-15-13  Kola: <skemup> "again, it is important in understanding Karpov's style to recognize that, in an unclear situation, he generally prefers to retain some positional initiative rather than to gain material. Thus he eschews the win of the exchange with 21...N-N5 22. BxB N-B7 23. BxQP NxKR 24. B-K2 N-B7." - quoted from the book "How Karpov Wins"
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  woldsmandriffield: 14..Qb6 was a very interesting move instead of the natural 14..Rc8. I thought the idea as 15 Ne5 g5 but Karpov demonstrates that the exchange of minor pieces with 15..Bxe5 16 Bxe5 f6 is correct.

18..g5 was a simple but precise and better than 18..Be2 when Korchnoi has 19 Bh3! Rc4 20 Qd7 with counter-play. After 18..g5 19 Be1 Be2 the move 20 Bh3? can be met with ..g4.

24..e5 was another precise move, putting White under more pressure than either 24..Qa6 or 24..Qb5 unpinning.

27 b4? was a serious mistake. Korchnoi may have overlooked 27..Nxe4 28 Qxd3 Nxf2! when White's pieces are overloaded.

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