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Anatoly Karpov vs John Nunn
Phillips & Drew Kings (1982), London ENG, rd 10, Apr-26
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



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Jan-07-05  aw1988: A very instructive game, showing clearly that black simply must break through in the center-- the entire idea of the variation- however, at this point it was in its' "infancy".
Feb-22-06  hayton3: I admire the way Karpov seizes space on the queenside, effectively distracting his opponent with a left jab only to squeeze him to death with a slow motion right hook on the kingside.

In order to effect this he uses the vice-like grip he maintains on the d5 square in conjunction with a particularly obtuse blockade of the d4 square to create the desired fulcrum to transfer the attack from the left to the right. It is this very control of key central squares that allows his pieces the mobility to elegantly switch the attack with such seamless ease. A beautiful demonstration in the art of principled positional play.

Feb-22-06  notyetagm: Yes, <hayton3>, this game is a magnificent positional display from Karpov.
Jan-01-07  Billy Ray Valentine: The final part of this game is hilarious... both 46. Kg4 and 48. Qg5 are almost surreal...
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  perfidious: Karpov made playing against the Lasker/Pelikan/Sveshnikov look ridiculously easy, and this against a strong GM with a thorough knowledge of the line with both colours.

46.Kg4 was a fine touch, underscoring Black's helplessness.

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  HeMateMe: Maybe Karpov should have been nicknamed "the Python".
Feb-04-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Positional 1.e4 !!
Jul-28-15  SpiritedReposte: Karpov, like Capablanca, make it look so easy to beat grandmasters.
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  profK: Who was it that said that "The king is a fighting unit?"
Sep-17-15  NeverAgain: <aw1988: black simply must break through in the center-- the entire idea of the variation- however, at this point it was in its' "infancy".>

Yeah, Sveshnikov, Timoshenko and company had been only playing it for what, 15 years? And someone really should have told Henry Bird that he was not supposed to play this opening 100 years before its infancy: Sellman vs Bird, 1883

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  perfidious: Did not recall the comment by <aw1988> which is hilarious, really--by the time this game was played, the line had actually been heading towards the shades as it had practically been played till even its Black advocates were weary unto death of it. My recollection is of one Informator after another from the mid 1970s onwards featuring all sorts of games in the Lasker-Pelikan.
Apr-23-17  clement41: Nowadays they get to the Sveshnikov with Bg5 direclty, the move order Bf4 e5 Bg5 has almost become vintage. The 9...Be6 line instead of 9...b5! enables white to go Nc4 as Karpov showed, this is a standard pryiome. The, white got a formidable blockade on the Q-side and central light squares, and central control (despite ...f5 exf5 , !) that enabled him to shift play towards the K-side later on. Doing this to none other than Nunn is amazing!
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  carpovius: Billy Ray Valentine, absolutely surreal!

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