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Ricardo Calvo vs Anatoly Karpov
Madrid (1973), Madrid ESP, rd 13, Dec-12
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1


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  Benzol: Black is going to take the g5 ♘ and White can do very little about it. A good game by Karpov.
Jun-24-06  Abimelech: 34..Rh6 sets a nice pin for Black.
Aug-05-07  M.D. Wilson: Very instructive.
Aug-06-07  ragtag: Nice play
Aug-06-07  Nasruddin Hodja: A fascinating game. Not a single piece or pawn is exchanged until move 31, by which time white's game is positionally lost and all his pieces other than the knights are blockaded. Not for nothing did people say that Karpov's greatest influences were positional blockading players like Nimzowitsch and Capablanca.
Jun-19-08  sitzkrieg: < Not a single piece or pawn is exchanged until move 31>

Is there a record on that?

May-14-11  Everett: Interesting in that the position turns into a reverse-Samisch pawn structure, a position Karpov began to favor as white in his later years.
Jun-25-13  slothorentropy: Wow great job Karpov!!! You defeated the super GM Calvo -oops sorry Calvo''s highest rating is 2300 -wow- Karpov does that make Calvo a FM or IM I'm confused By 1973 you were WC contender and you had to fight players rated 2300- Wow- at least I can rest assure that all your matches post Kasparov and Spassky playoffs weren't rigged If only grishuk nakumura Kamsky short svidler Leko could play such a player as Calvo-whose highest chess rating was 2300 way to go karpov
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  chancho: Calvo was a local which is sort of like van Wely getting the invite to TATA Steel because he is from the Netherlands.

You also have to look at ALL the players Karpov faced in the tournament and as you can see, he went undefeated:

Madrid (1973)

Impressive performance imo...

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <slothorentropy:> What are you on about? Ricardo Calvo-Minguez (2470)
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  Honza Cervenka: <slothorentropy> Let's put aside the fact that Ricardo Calvo was no patzer and that back in the 1960s and 1970s it was much harder to become a grandmaster than it is today. Let's put aside that some mere IMs in 1960s and 1970s were in fact world class players like Iivo Nei, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, Eero Einar Book or Mario Bertok to name just a few od them. Let's put also aside that Calvo's best rating was much higher than this database suggests and that his best chessmetrics' rating was 2582 on the July 1973 rating list (#90 in world). What is your point here? Do you really think that current top GMs are playing their equals only?

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  perfidious: Here is an example of how that patzer Calvo could play: R Calvo vs Korchnoi, 1966.
Aug-12-13  Shams: <perfidious> A great result for Calvo of course, but you'll agree that Korchnoi is unrecognizable in that game. He gave a whole new meaning to "Viktor the Terrible".
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  perfidious: <Shams>: Most definitely.

Same as anyone else, Calvo's objective strength lay somewhere between his result vs Korchnoi and the way he played in this game.

At his peak, Calvo was a most capable player of international standard and it is the biggest joke in the world for a poster such as <slothorentropy> to maunder on about all this.

Oct-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Shams> I have a deep feeling that claiming a player has lost because of other factors such as "he was unrecognisable" is really the refusal to accept defeat for your preferred outcome.

How about, Ricardo Calvo outclassed Korchnoi by compelling Korchnoi to make errors! Is it not what almost all winning entails? That is, force the opponent to commit one or more errors, and then to ruthlessly exploit those mistakes to one's advantage; and thereby making your opponent play in an "unrecognisable" fashion?

Anyhow, <Honza Cervenka> and <Perfidious> [with his characteristic sarcasm] have explained it succinctly and there is no need for me to harp on!#

Oct-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: And finally to my point. This game is a classic example of Karpov's genius and style of play. I have always insisted that Karpov's play is highly strategic or ultra-positional, in that Karpov is patient, makes simple seemingly innocuous moves, is economical (avoiding sacrifices or unnecessary exchanges), and is always intent upon equalising, neutralising, and annexing the opponent's space for the long-term, including using tempo to devastating effect. In this scientific-strategic-ultra positional style, Karpov has no equal! Petrosian and Capablanca played in a very similar way but I contend that Karpov is the strongest of the 3.

This game is a perfect specimen of Karpov's praxis; ultra-positional scientific "serpentine" strangulation of opponent.#

Oct-21-16  Dave12: 11..e5 is a great positional move. the black bishop would find a way out one day, but the white bishop is dead.
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  keypusher: As usual, ...Nh8 wins.
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  perfidious: <keypusher> As in the model KID attacking game Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970.
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