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Anatoly Karpov vs Yuri Balashov
Moscow (1981), Moscow URS, rd 1, Apr-04
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Main Line (E69)  ·  1-0


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Aug-10-06  PivotalAnorak: Nicely Karpovian, Bc1-f4-d2-c3 and Nb1-c3-a4-b2-d3.
Instead of slow suffocation, Black tries some Queen excursion, but it proves unsuccessful.
Aug-10-06  Albertan: Karpov could have won a pawn on move 24 if he had played 24.Bxg6!:

24. Bxg6! Bxc3 (24... hxg6 25. Qxg6 Ne5 26. fxe5 Re6 27. Qe4 Qb6 28. Re3 Rae8 ) 25. Bxf7+ Kxf7 26. Qxc3

Aug-10-06  Albertan: Balashov would have been better off to play 30...Nh6 than 30...Kf8? If 30...Nh6 then 31.Re7 Nf5 32.Qe1 Qxe1 33.Re1 =
Mar-08-07  M.D. Wilson: Although not perfect (what game is?), this game is a good representation of Karpov's play. 34 C5. probably brought a smile to Karpov's face.
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