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Anatoly Karpov vs Ziuliarkin
Zlatoust (1961)
Sicilian Defense: Closed. Fianchetto Variation (B24)  ·  1-0
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Jan-29-05  ArturoRivera: the first game of Karpov in the database
Apr-10-05
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  Chessical: Black was losing a pawn after pushing on with <d4>, but his aggressive plan of: <Nf5, Nh4 and f5> rebounds on him.
Dec-25-05  Chopin: If you want to learn how to play the closed sicilian, Karpov's games must be studied. Great game.
Jan-18-06  shamekovich: This boy understands quite a bit
about Chess!
Aug-29-06  alphastrike20: <chopin> ur damn right
Jul-16-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Playing on a piece down against Karpov...what a loser! Great game though!
Jul-16-08  vanytchouck: Woody Wood Pusher >

Karpov was only about 10 years old at this time ...

Aug-07-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: <Karpov was only about 10 years old at this time ...> Except that his opponent plays more like a 2200 ELO.
Aug-07-09  Ychromosome: If 35...Kxg6 36. Be7+ wins the Q.
Aug-17-09  Gazz: Great game from Karpov
Mar-16-11  tprestoza: No he was 10 and a half years old..hehehe
Apr-14-14  vienlhanz319: Hi guys, can anyone explain the purpose of move 10.Kh1? Thanks
Apr-14-14  mrbasso: It doesn't have a purpose. It makes no sense whatsoever. Don't repeat it! What do you expect from a 10 years old?
Qd2,Rb1,Bf2 and e5 are the moves that make sense in this position.
Aug-23-15  SimplicityRichard: <vienlhanz319> At first, I had a feeling that Kh1 is a typical Karpovian cautious move; eliminating danger from the outset or waiting to see what the opponent (Black in this case) has in mind.

However on deeper thought and as a Closed Sicilian Fianchetto variation player, I recalled that in the course of the game, I usually have to play Kh1 for 3 reasons:

1. The a1-h8 and g1-a7 dark square diagonals are usually dominated by Black. And a timely check on c5 or d4 by the Black Queen or Bishop can "steal" a tempo that is enough to give Black a comfortable game or allow for a dangerous attack.

2. I have often played one of my Knights to g1 in attempt to re-route it for an attack on Black's King. And I also occasionally return the dark coloured Bishop to g1 if Black pushes his d-pawn to d4.

3. Finally, the g1 file is often used to support the g-pawn with a Rook as White attempts to break open Black's defences with g5 to support an f6 pawn push. #

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