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Anatoly Karpov vs Ulf Andersson
USSR vs. Rest of the World (1984), London ENG, rd 1, Jun-24
Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation (E11)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-03  AgentRgent: WOW! Talk about a King Walk!!!
Jan-15-03  Sylvester: And before the walk he keeps dancing back and forth on h7 and h6. I still like the kingwalk in I Naumkin vs Khalifman, 1982
Jan-16-03  AgentRgent: Actually I meant White's king..
Jan-16-03  Sylvester: The white king moves a lot at different parts of the game. I think he stays on the first and second ranks for all but two or three moves.
Jan-16-03  drukenknight: was 62...Kf7 better? not sure why black gives up, because of the soon to be passed pawns?
Aug-09-03  PVS: This is the same game as Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1984 except for the location listed. It is probably London USSR v. World.
Dec-20-08  M.D. Wilson: 66. a3. Karpov thinks everything is under control.
Jan-27-09  WhiteRook48: Karpov does have everything under control
Mar-06-12  Naniwazu: First Karpov creates a weakness on the queenside. He then shifts his attention to the kingside marching his king over to the safety of the queenside and later, when a few minor pieces have been exchanged, marches it straight back to the kingside where all the action is taking place.
Mar-06-12  aniceto: The weakness on b6 can be defended, so Karpov decides to open another battle front. For that, he first removes his King from the kingside and then launches forward the pawns to open lines for the Rooks and Queen. This game is like an spiritual heir of Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960. One more thing, if 56.Rfg4, we'd have seen a reloaded Alekhine's Gun with the King at the rear. Karpov's Gun?

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Mar-07-12  positionalgenius: This is perfect example of why karpov is my favorite player ever. I cant think of anyone in chess history who would walk their king back and forth while manuevering for a breakthrough like this.
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  Penguincw: Nice king walk by Karpov. I see this as a common theme in closed queen pawn games now.

In open positions, white will try to break through on the queenside.

In closed, white will try to shift their king to the queenside, where he is safer, as white tries to kill the black king.

May-16-12  jrofrano: It really is like watching a cat toy with a mouse. At some point I'm sure karpov took great pleasure from absolutely embarrassing a world class GM. It looks to me as though he was savoring every move as though he feared he might finish the game too quickly. Completely dogged him. Absolutely brutal.
May-17-12  RookFile: I thought Andersson played a good game, and Karpov played a great one.
May-17-12  Shams: <jrofrano><At some point I'm sure karpov took great pleasure from absolutely embarrassing a world class GM.>

Well, this defeat was only nine years prior:
Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1975

It was Andersson's only victory over Karpov, against 13 losses, but it was quite a doozy. He absolutely beat Karpov at his own game-- as they say, sometimes you squeeze the bear, but far, far more often the bear squeezes you. No doubt Karpov thought of this stinging loss every time they played thereafter.

Jun-15-14  dernier thylacine: Strange enough, the game of 1975, the first loss of Karpov as worldchampion,looks to me "Kasparovlike" at the blackside, with a magnificent sacrifice, coming like a thunderbolt, which Karpov should have declined. Unfortunately he thought he could resist to the attack it implemented...
Jun-15-14  RookFile: Karpov learned from Petrosian (and Steinitz). They are other examples of players well known for king walks.
Mar-04-22  syracrophy: A slow and patient grinding but exciting and entertaining. Being familiar with the style of these players one could guess their names without knowing who played either side.

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