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Arthur Howard Williams vs Anatoly Karpov
Nice Olympiad qual-1 (1974), Nice FRA, rd 8, Jun-14
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation. Benoni Defense (E31)  ·  0-1



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  perfidious: This game is incorrectly attributed to K Williams and is a duplicate of A H Williams-Karpov.
Aug-06-05  CaptainEvans: I love the way Karpov's king just "strolls along" the queenside. In Karpov's "Chess is my life", Williams was asked after the game by his team mates why he resigned so quickly since Karpov, they argued, wouldn't have done in his place. To which Williams replied that in his place Karpov wouldn't have got into that position in the first place. Shame about's mix up with "K. Williams" for this game, Howard and the rest of the Welsh olympiad contingent were a strong side in those days.
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  Richard Taylor: Great play by Karpov - he keeps alive the ideas of the Nimzo.
Dec-25-06  danielpi: Wow, no comments. I find this game really interesting. Karpov manages to win, mostly by simply gaining space and controlling key squares. By the end of this thing, there isn't an important square that Karpov DOESN'T control!
Dec-30-11  King Death: The line with 6...b5 played in the game Spassky vs Tal, 1973, is the one I liked but Karpov makes this positional treatment look like a forced win.
Mar-09-12  mcgee: Very impressive by Karpov. I don't know if 9 Bd3 is played a lot but I think White needs to get Qd1-c2 in at an early stage of the Leningrad Variation. It's less committal; White looks as if he has a lot of problems once the bishops get shunted out of the action.

A good Spassky game I found illustrating this: Spassky vs H Neunhoeffer, 1986

Mar-09-12  King Death: <mcgee> Yusupov played 9.Qc2 a few times, here's a game with it: Yusupov vs Karpov, 1995. Timman played the Leningrad a lot early in his career but he always preferred 9.f3 instead. Williams wasn't the only player to go for 9. Bd3 but I wonder how good it is to encourage 9...e4.
Jun-10-12  Naniwazu: Interesting how Karpov first makes sure his King is safe on a7 (15...Kd8; 17...Kc7; 19...Kb8; 20...Ka7) and simultaneously takes defensive measures on the queenside (16...a5; 18...Ra6; 23...Rb6; 25...b6) before starting his attack on the kingside (21...Ng4; 22...f5; 27...Nf8; 28...Ng6; 30...f4).
Oct-18-21  carpovius: Looks like the peculiar Karpov 's python style was born in this game.

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