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Boris Gelfand vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 8, Mar-05
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. Main Line (E54)  ·  0-1


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  Open Defence: This is an interesting game, it shows how the Caro-Kan leads to Nimzo-Indian (e3) variations or what used to be the Isolated Queen Pawn or IQP system but is now not so as Black plays Bxc3 to result in hanging c and d pawns for White
May-08-04  Everett: Karpov's use of his bishop to block off files is especially pronounced in this game, limiting Gelfand's options, and making communication betweens his opponent's pieces more difficult.

See black move 32, 40, 49

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  OneArmedScissor: Karpov at his best.
The simple moves are amazing. How he so easily redeploys his pieces is simply amazing.
Jul-04-05  chesed: Aaah! Simply Karpov! This game is my favorite! I just love the defensive maneuvers. Yes, the bishop really did play a very important role throughout the game. Karpov defeats Gelfand with deadly precision.
Jul-04-05  farrooj: My favorite karpov game is the one where he leaves an open file for the oppenent on the queen side but blocks every counterplay on that file. You can check it on my profile
Jun-14-07  Troller: Great game. I remember following this tournament - Karpov went 7/8 against the elite after this game.

There is probably an alternative to 24.Bxg6, but maybe after 23.-,b5 Black already had the initiative. As Seirawan stated about White's 24th: "If this is White's best, he has erred in reaching this position." After 33.-,f5 it is clear that White is getting crunched. Trapping the rook in the end is really rubbing it in, guess Gelfand was so demoralized he hadn't even seen it.

May-29-08  sfairat: Why didn't White at any point play Rh3 threatening Rh8#? If nothing else, it would have tied down Black's queen to defending the blocking pawn on f6 for a while.
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  GrenfellHunt: Can anyone explain the classic Karpov-style 17...Nf8? Rybka likes 17...Qxa2 here (d/13).
May-31-12  tonsillolith: <Can anyone explain the classic Karpov-style 17...Nf8? Rybka likes 17...Qxa2 here (d/13).>

To me it looks like he wanted the knight over on g6, and f8 is a good way to get there. On d7 the knight might get in the way of rooks using the d file.

Why did Karpov move the knight right at the time he did? From the course of the game, it looks like one reason is that the f8 square was an appealing square for the queen to retreat to if it came under fire from White's pieces, like it did by the rook on f3.

One explanation for Rybka preferring Qxa2 over Ndf8 is that computers are often known to love winning extra material, even if it gets them in a tough position. Winning small amounts of material at the cost of positional concerns is not at all Karpov's style.

May-10-14  PJs Studio: So many of Karpov's games display impenetrable defensive coordination of forces. It's his hallmark of course.

I'm always intrigued by his play because he is the best in the world at all the techniques I suck at.

May-10-14  capafischer1: Karpovs play is simply unique. He kills your counterplay then grabs more space than you then suffocates your pieces with deadly accuracy and wins your rook at the end. Fischer vs Karpov would have been awesome.
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  thegoodanarchist: In this game, Karpov traps Gelfand's rook.

In the same tournament, he also trapped Polgar's rook:

Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 1994

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