chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Lajos Portisch vs Anatoly Karpov
Bugojno (1978), Bugojno YUG, rd 15, Mar-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 24 times; par: 52 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 41 more Portisch/Karpov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Olga is our default viewer, but we offer other choices as well. You can use a different viewer by selecting it from the pulldown menu below and pressing the "Set" button.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-01-06  acerbiter: 23. h3? 24. Rd1? 25. Kh2?
33. Ba2? 34. Qe1 35. f3?

anyone can explain these series of moves (the seconds of which lost the game quickly)?

Aug-12-09  The Brain99: <acerbiter: 23. h3? 24. Rd1? 25. Kh2? 33. Ba2? 34. Qe1 35. f3?

anyone can explain these series of moves (the seconds of which lost the game quickly)?>

<23. h3> - I'm not quite sure. Probably to protect against back-rank mate threats? <24. Rd1> - Beginning of a plan to pressure the d-pawn <26. Kh2> - Again, not quite sure. <33. Ba2> - Creating an annoying pin on the knight on c4 to the queen on d5. Karpov handles it excellently by playing ...d3 then ....Qd4 <34. Qe1> - The Queen was attacked. It goes to e1 in order to help in stopping Black's passed pawn. <35. f3> - Opening up the f2 square for the bishop. White hopes to kick Black's queen by playing Bf2 at some point. However, Karpov immediately takes advantage of this with ...Ne3!

Hope this helps. If anyone wants to elaborate on 23. h3 and 26. Kh2, that would be appreciated

Aug-12-09  paul1959: The truth is simple: White was already lost at move 23! 19 Qg3 ?? lost a pawn without adequate compensation. Black has no trouble defending from the two Bishops and White is reduced to waiting moves (23.h3 and 26 Kh2). The only hope is to avoid exchanges and try to complicate but Karpov gives him no chances.
Jul-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: The Black knights totally dominate the position against the White bishops - Karpov obviously had this in mind when he gave up the bishop pair with 17...♗f3.
Jan-21-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Karpov's 17....Bxf3 is an outstanding example of the concrete appraisal of a position.

The pawn sacrifice 19.Qg3 is odd indeed; my opinion is that Portisch's psychological equilibrium was upset by his opponent's unexpected 17th move, though after the natural 19.d5, Black at any rate is not worse.

May-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Do you have a Bishop pair? Who cares!:-)
Jul-23-14  Howard: Chess Life and Review (as it was called back then) said this event was the strongest 16-player tournament of all time (at least up until that point). That's probably quite true.

On the other hand, this was clearly one of Portisch's biggest disappointments of the 1970's----he clearly didn't do very well.

Oct-23-14  aditya GM: I think 17.Bh4 is better than Bd2. After 17.Bh4 it goes to g3 where it aims the important e5 square and also chases the queen.
Aug-24-16  offramp:


click for larger view

17...Bxf3 is a great move. That exchange, and the 18...e5! follow-up, surprised Portisch, as <Perfidious> says.

A Bit later, when taking the pawn with 19...exd4 Karpov had to calculate that this position, after 22.Bf5,


click for larger view

was safe.

Aug-24-16  Howard: Definitely one of Karpov's better efforts in the tournament---and with Black!

This, incidentally, was the second year in a row where Karpov beat Portisch with Black. In 1977, Karpov beat him in the European Team Championship in a rather short game---with Black, too !

Mar-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Breunor: An amazing game! Karpov was so strong at this time. He went with 2 knights vs 2 bishops and just was inexorable.
Mar-06-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: After 12...Rc8:


click for larger view

...Portisch played 13.Bd3. In this type of position, I prefer to retreat to b3 (or a2 if available), or Qb3, since there is no Na5. I am not saying 13.Bd3 is bad, I am just talking about preferences. I prefer the bishop on the a2-g8 diagonal here, possibly supporting a future d5. With 17...Bxf3 Karpov makes the placement of the bishop on d3 look problematic.

Jul-08-20  Ulhumbrus: After 30...Nd6 if either one of Black's knights can acquire a good post it may become, if not the superior of a powerful bishop, or even the equal of a powerful bishop, then at least an adequate defender against a powerful bishop.

With 32...Nc5 Karpov has both of his knights strongly posted so that the superiority of White's bishop pair is reduced to a minimum.

In addition Karpov has two extra pawns and will manage to make them count, particularly the central d pawn which will become a powerful weapon.

Oct-18-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  woldsmandriffield: A strange game. 17..Bxf3 was incredibly risky if found otb. Portisch’s 19 Qg3!? is not so bad but he needed a more vigorous & consistent follow-up eg 19..exd4! 20 Bf4 Qc6 21 Bxh6! Nh5 22 Qh3. If by this point Karpov was out of prep, defending would be challenging. In the game, Portisch was obliging - like many of Karpov’s opponents during this period of his career.
Nov-15-21  nummerzwei: <A strange game. 17..Bxf3 was incredibly risky if found otb. Portisch’s 19 Qg3!? is not so bad but he needed a more vigorous & consistent follow-up eg 19..exd4! 20 Bf4 Qc6 21 Bxh6! Nh5 22 Qh3. If by this point Karpov was out of prep, defending would be challenging. >

Your line leads to the following position:


click for larger view

I don't agree with the assessment above, given that Black is at least equal almost whatever he does, for example 22...Qxh6 23. Qxd7 Red8 24.Qxa7 Nf4.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Hanging Pawns
by Benzol
Anatoly Karpov's Best Games
by KingG
p. 127-128 / The Two Knights Victorious!
from IM Jeremy Silman: "How to Reassess Your Chess" by EmperorAtahualpa
games tonsillolith studies
by tonsillolith
--> hp
from Middlegame: IQP on d4 by PassedPawnDuo
Bugojno 1978
by Benzol
Karpov Tournament Champion - I
by amadeus
67.
from Anatoly Karpov - My 300 Best Games by YuanTi
67
from Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
--> hp
from 51a1_IQP on d4 by whiteshark
nice - QRBB VS QRNN
from a Karpov collection by obrit
Karpov Reactor Shutdown
from sorokahdeen's Games I don't Understand Yet by sorokahdeen
Absentee's favorite games
by Absentee
NN wins
from 58c_middelgames - BB vs NN by whiteshark
p.127-128 IM Jeremy Silman: "How to Reassess Your Chess"
from yFredthebear's Pawn Trimmers and Mowers by fredthebear
Nimzo-Indian
by KingG
MKD's Favourite Games
by MKD
67
from Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by PassedPawnDuo
Game 132
from The Nimzo-Indian Defence (Gligoric) by Chessdreamer

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC