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Glenn C Flear vs Anatoly Karpov
Grand Prix d'Echecs (2004), GP, rd 1, Dec-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Dec-15-04  tldr3: complete crush! i love the way Karpov destroyed his opponents centre with every means available
Dec-15-04  dryden: Anatoly, the one and the only
Dec-16-04  euripides: 7....Nc6 is new at least in the Chessgame database. The normal move has been 7..e5, which Karpov has played a number of times and which is sharp and theoretically hot. Whatever the right way is for White to respond, Flear didn't find it. Karpov's play reminds me of some of Capablanca's games on the black side against d4, where he gets overwhelming white-square domination.
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  patzer2: Although White is probably already lost, the move 35. g4? hastens his feat by helping set up Karpov's pretty Knight Fork combination beginning with 36...Nc3! Also notice how neatly 39...Nc2! defends the two enprise knights with the threat of a second consecutive Fork!

Bravo Karpov in winning this tournament! With Karpov, Korchnoi and Kasparov showing some good results this year, they're an inspiration for some of us more "mature" players.

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  patzer2: Appears to me that 19. Rae1?! is a slight positional error that turns the game and gives Karpov the advantage after 19...c5! 20. Bc1 cxd4 21. cxd4 Rad8! After this little positional exchange, Karpov has a passed queenside pawn, no pawn weaknesses and an isolated pawn for a target.

White has a little more space and initiative on the kingside, but Karpov's accurte defense forces the Queen exchange to take advantage of Black's superior pawn structure.

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  patzer2: Karpov's neat defensive play with 23...Qd7! and 24...Qe8! forces the exchange of Queens, and gives Black a strong positional advantage.
Dec-29-04  Backward Development: this game is noted at as a 'new wrinkle' versus 5.e4. I've never met this variation over the board, but it seems sharp. Good game by Karpov.
Feb-03-05  schnarre: I love how Karpov seems to close off any potential breach in his position. The coordination of his pieces, especially in the last couple of moves, was also a nice touch.
Feb-04-05  aw1988: Apparently as stated by patzer2 above, Rae1 is a small positional error, although it looks to me by that point that he has no real alternatives. He must have messed up earlier.
Feb-04-05  schnarre: <aw1988> You may be right. Does 19. Rfc1 look like a playable possibility?
Feb-04-05  aw1988: The problem with Rfc1 is that it hits upon a "dead file", and I believe this is not the kind of instance where it can be termed (blamed!) a "temporary piece" ie to be used later. If I had to continue this game, I might considering doubling rooks starting with Rf2, although really the position is quite bad.

A very interesting move, perhaps an attempted swindle, is Ne2!? followed by pawn sacrifice f5 in an attempt to distort the black army.

Feb-04-05  schnarre: <aw1988> Looks worth a try to me. Ne2 followed by f5 definitely looks better than Rae1 in any event.
Nov-01-05  you vs yourself: Wow! After 9 moves, white's position looked virtually impregnable. Is it really this easy to destroy the center? Great play by Karpov.
Jan-11-06  schnarre: <you vs yourself> If anyone could, it's Karpov.
May-29-06  alphastrike20: how does one learn to play karpov chess?
Mar-18-08  estebansponton: very good game
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  sleepyirv: This is the sort of game that leaves you seeing knights in your nightmares.
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  kingscrusher: This game might have gone differently if Flear had dared play 14.f5 - it seems to offer sometimes a very dangerous Knight on f5.

204: Glenn Flear - Anatoly Karpov 0-1 1.2, Grand Prix d'Echecs 2004

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Analysis by Stockfish 15 - 3 threads max:

1. +- (4.62): 14...Bxc4 15.Bxc4 Nxc4 16.0-0 f6 17.fxe6 fxe5 18.Rxf8+ Kxf8 19.Qf3+ Kg8 20.Bxh6 Qf6 21.Qxd5 Rb8 22.Qxc4 Qxh6 23.e7+ Kh7 White is clearly winning

(Gavriel, 04.12.2022)

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  perfidious: Even without the SF analysis, Flear surely understood that drifting into the type of middlegame which was reached had been his great opponent's bread and butter for many a year.
Dec-04-22  Retireborn: <kingscrusher> This game was analysed in detail by Karolyi in his Karpov book, and his conclusion was that 14.f5! gives White a big space advantage at least.

The two rapid games from this tournament were the only times Flear faced Karpov. There is a depressingly long list of British GMs who never got a chance to play him.

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