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Boris Gelfand vs Anatoly Karpov
FIDE Candidates Match (1995), Sanghi Nagar IND, rd 9, Feb-18
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1


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Aug-19-06  Brown: One can tell, after 31...Ne4, that Karpov knows how to centralize his pieces.

I am most impressed by the calm, subtle (read: beyond my understanding) and complex 21...Qe7.

Also 23...e4! must have been hard to see. Karpov allows his kingside pawn structure to be compromised and soon drops two pawns just so he can get in Ng5. After that, the flood gates open into white's center. Some deep understanding there.

Aug-19-06  positionalgenius: <Brown>yes Karpov is a <positionalgenius>!
Aug-19-06  Brown: Karpov is much, much more than a positional genius.
Aug-19-06  positionalgenius: <Brown>:)
Sep-11-06  Brown: <positionalgenius> *burp*
Nov-17-06  notyetagm: What centralization!

Position after 31 ... ♘e4:

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Nov-17-06  notyetagm: An amazing position. White has neither pawns nor minor pieces controlling the critical d4-, d3-, and e3-squares so Black occupies all three of these central squares with his heavy pieces.
Dec-17-07  sitzkrieg: Wouldn't 11 ..Bg4 be a big improvement? white cant play e3, the black knight stays on d4 and later on the bishop moves to g4 anyway.
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  Phony Benoni: You call that centralization? Now <THIS> is centralization: J F van der Hoeven vs F Lucas, 1989
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  Jim Bartle: "Go ahead, Anatoly. Group all your pieces in the center, I donīt mind."
Apr-05-11  PSC: I annotated the game here:
Jun-09-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Very strange position indeed after 31...Ne4
Mar-14-15  carpovius: <Phony Benoni: You call that centralization? Now <THIS> is centralization: J F van der Hoeven vs F Lucas, 1989> absolutely different level of games. seems a bit strange to compare them. may I call <THIS> a stupid centralization?)))
Mar-15-15  Olavi: <carpovius> This is the classic example: Pachman vs Fischer, 1959
Mar-28-15  carpovius: !!! thnx <Olavi>
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