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Paul Keres vs Anatoly Karpov
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 14, Dec-08
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-11-06  RookFile: Mednis pointed out that Keres had a chance here with 14. Nxd7 Qxd7 15. Bxf6 gxf6 to cause Karpov some problems.
May-12-06  MagnaPsygnosis: <RookFile> Yes, positionally that statement is correct (according to me), but I think tactically the former world champion, might get compensation with that open g-file (Rook g8) combined with the black bishop on b7
Jun-09-09  Marmot PFL: Karpov, Keres and Petrosian drew all their San Antonio games in under 30 moves (Keres-Petrosian lasted only 13 moves).
Jun-09-09  Petrosianic: ...And that's why Fischer deserved to win the tournament. :)
Jun-09-09  WhiteRook48: what about the threat of 22 Rb1?
Mar-24-10  tranquilsimplicity: I hate to write this but i feel so strongly about it that I can't sit still ( I have ants in my pants!). I know i really should not criticize Chess Giants whose strength in Chess I most likely will NEVER reach! However as a Chess enthusiast and artist i NEVER feel inspired by Karpov or Petrosian. These two Chess Giants have a style that I could only describe as CAUTIOUS!! They tend to play in an ultra-positional style that WAITS for the opponent to make a mistake or create a weakness, and then only does Karpov or the late Petrosian close in. Both men avoid RISKS like the plague. The Great Keres was a dazzling attacking Master as evidenced by his earlier style. He then changed to the much STRONGER BUT DULL ultra-positional approach. I was keen to find games between Karpov and Keres, and I did. Most of all, it confirmed what I was expecting. DULL GAMES ENDING IN DRAWS by CAUTIOUS though Great Masters! It must be time to revert to the much more entertaining and exhilarating ROMANTIC style and we can all have fun! Remember positional principles are inherent in the romantic style too. My distate is in the ULTRA-POSITIONAL but hey..it's a matter of taste.
Mar-01-11  M.D. Wilson: It is a matter of taste, but if you find Karpov's and Petrosian's chess dull, I'm not sure what you're looking at! Karpov was a stronger, more active "Petrosian", and tried to play strong, correct moves. I don't see what's wrong with that. His style was suited to tournament chess, but in saying this, Karpov could beat almost anyone in almost any style, he just adhered to the principle of "maximum effect with minimum effort" most of the time. Keres was great too, but when he wasn't playing well, especially when he was older, his moves sometimes appeared stale and second-best.
Oct-26-14  tranquilsimplicity: <M.D.Wilson> My friend, I recently revised my opinion regarding my latter post. It's a few years since, and I have been enjoying the elegant games of Karpov played in his preferred ultra-positional style. I guess we can say: I've grown up. Please disregard my earlier diatribe.#
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