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Anatoly Karpov vs Ulf Andersson
"Keep the Ulf from the Door" (game of the day Jun-19-2016)
Wch U20 fin-A (1969), Stockholm SWE, rd 3, Aug-20
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0


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Feb-04-12  Chessmaster9001: Positional masterpiece. Slow maneuvering in order to gain small advantages. Karpov at his best!
Feb-04-12  King Death: The old Chigorin line in the Closed Lopez is unpopular now for the same reason that the Orthodox QGD isn't seen much, Black can only get an equal position after a long struggle. It's no wonder that attention switched to lines like the Breyer (9...Nb8) in the 1970s.
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  Penguincw: Karpov breaks through in 60 moves. Not bad for a closed position (and 17 year old).
Feb-05-12  darshandatta: Excellent example of positional play.
Jul-13-12  Psihadal: Karpov's maneuvering and sense of piece placement is one of the most Aesthetically pleasing things we can see in a chess game.
Aug-13-12  Cemoblanca: 19.Nh2! & 23.Nh4! I am absolutely delighted! Absolutely! ;0)
Dec-06-13  Chickhen: the position after 57...Re8 is a puzzle on chesstempo. it's rated 1670 yet karpov didn't see the mate.
Dec-06-13  Everett: <Chickhen: the position after 57...Re8 is a puzzle on chesstempo. it's rated 1670 yet karpov didn't see the mate.>

He didn't need to see it, he built a position where nearly any sensible move wins, which is a lot more than a 1670 can do vs Andersson.

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  zanzibar: Finding that M7 on <ChessTempo> is a kind of Spanish Torture, the fun kind.

Really hard to see, some amazing coordination/maneuversing of the two knights and a double sacrifice in order to draw the king into the "corner" (plus a late entry of the queen for a x-ray finish):

(Pre-move: 57.Nf5xh6 Rb8-e8)

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(Black to move and mate)

Oct-18-14  DWINS: <who> and <Brown>, chess programs have come a long way since 2005. I had Stockfish 5 look at the position after 51...Qxa4 which Fritz evaluated as even. Stockfish 5 evaluates it as totally winning for White after 51...Qxa4 52.Qf1 Kh7 53.Kh2 Nc2 54.Qd1 Rb2 55.Ne7 Re8 56.Qd3+ Kh8 57.Ne4 (3.91). I'm sure the evaluation will change again if we check with the latest chess engines in another decade.
Jan-19-15  Cedroke: The Road to Nowhere
Aug-18-15  TBozMac18: I haven't yet read all of the comments, so forgive me if this has been said, but is 39...Na2! not a good move that blows open the b-file possibilities and leaves white with some very tough decisions?
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Karpov shows that the N outpost on b4 leaves it out of play. He put this principle to good use decades later in Karpov vs Korchnoi, 2006
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Take an inventory starting at 32...Na6 of the moves by the White Knight standing at f3 from 33.Nd2 to 46.Ng3. Amazing, in its quiet fashion.

People have suggested that 33...Rb4 would have given Black good play for the Exchange sacrifice, but I have a question--does Karpov have no choice but to accept? May he just let it sit there?

Jun-19-16  waustad: Playing through this it was obvious how important a knight at f5 would be. I'm yet again impressed how much better great players handle the obvious than players of my skill do.
Jun-19-16  Octal: Playing the Spanish Torture against Karpov Anderssen's first mistake.
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  HeMateMe: I wonder if Ulf loses if he doesn't open up the f file? The dominoes seem to fall after he plays f5.
Jun-19-16  The Kings Domain: Slow, positional game by the two young masters. It tells on the skill of the combatants that after a generation from the time this game was played they were both on the top 10.
Jun-19-16  Jack Kerouac: Back again. Was Eraser Head.
Now the Chess Icon. Right.
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  thegoodanarchist: This is one of those real "grandmaster" type games where class players don't understand half of what goes on.
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  kevin86: A great game by Karpov, the future champion!
Jun-20-16  Howard: Yes, I recall nominating this game for GOTD about a year ago.

According to that first volume on Karpov's games, which went up through 1985, this was probably his best game from the 1960's. Don't recall who penned that volume, but the second volume was called The Prime Years.

Jun-20-16  RookFile: Games like this show why today's players go for those defenses like the Ruy Lopez Berlin or Petrov where black gets ...Nxe4 in. It's just brutal to try to play a strong point defense like this and have white pound on you for 60 moves.
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  NM JRousselle: What a magnificent game! I could play over this game every day and never tire of it.
May-24-18  Saniyat24: Poor Ulf...!
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