Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

register now - it's free!
Anatoly Karpov vs Wolfgang Unzicker
"Squeeze Play" (game of the day May-23-12)
Nice (1974)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0
To move:
Last move:

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 67 times; par: 66 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Karpov/Unzicker games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To flip the board (so black is on the bottom) either press F or click on the e7 square.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with the default chess viewer, please see the Pgn4web Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
May-23-12  maelith: <offramp: Definitely an overrated game but that is not Karpov's fault. If you play through it once you will not want to play through it a second time.>

How can an ordinary player told this when many GM are impressed by this game by Karpov..

May-23-12  HeMateMe: Such a linear position. In the game JB mentioned, all of white's pieces (7) are on the back rank at move 22.
May-23-12  Jim Bartle: Of course there's also the legendary 11...Bd6 in Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993

Probably not what we were looking for, though.

Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: This is a good example of Karpov's prophylactic play! He constricted Unzicker's pieces so much that his pieces didn't have much mobility at all. W/ good control of the a-file & the weak ♙s on f6 & h6, the shaky situation of the ♗ on g7 & the inevitable ♘g4 looming, Unzicker resigned to save himself from further suffering. Classic Karpov!!
May-24-12  King Death: < RookFile: <FSR: You wonder why no one tried the Berlin Defense to the Ruy Lopez (3...Nf6) against Karpov. > Probably the worst defense you could play against him. Plays right into his endgame strengths. Far better to mix it up.>

Playing the Berlin Wall probably wouldn't have worked out great I agree but Black isn't forced into that either, there's 3...Nf6 4.0-0 Ne4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bc6 bc Nb7 and you get a middlegame even though it's a little better for White.

May-26-12  SChesshevsky: By coincedence I used this game as an example for Karpov's book "Find the Right Plan" on my blog.

There's some related notes by Gligoric for anyone that's interested.

Nov-07-12  FlintEastwood: That game is the embodiment of Karpovian style! Pure torture, Karpov is a sadist.
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Aug-31-13  thegoodanarchist: All I can say about Karpov's play here is "Nice".
Premium Chessgames Member
  transpose: One of my favorite games ever. Played through it when I was 16 and now, 34 years later, it still makes as large as impression as it did then, even more so given I am a better player now and appreciate Karpov's technique even more.
Feb-23-14  Chessman1504: Oh my, what a semi-zugzwang.
Feb-23-14  Chessman1504: Karpov is a genius. If I were to be a super-GM, it would probably be him or Kramnik.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: About as funny as a burning orphanage.
Mar-23-14  Conrad93: Who was the first player to play 13...Nd8?
Mar-23-14  N0B0DY: You may well ask!
Mar-30-14  Conrad93: I am asking.
Mar-30-14  john barleycorn: < Conrad93: I am asking.>

That is a new side. However, I would say Rubinstein in 1907 is the first example that I know of.

O Bernstein vs Rubinstein, 1907

Premium Chessgames Member
  Ivan7100: Impressive technique by Karpov
Oct-05-14  tranquilsimplicity: Trademark Karpov; serpentine, irresistible strangling!#
Oct-17-14  SpiritedReposte: Could Black have any less counter play dang Karpov was good.
Oct-26-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Spirited Riposte> No! Counterplay for Black was permanently inhibited. Dang..Karpov was good. Indeed my friend, indeed.#
Nov-06-14  copablanco: It's the same overall strategy used by Fischer playing white against Oscar Panno : Close the centre, control, and secure the queen side, attack the king flank. Done deal as white stands "reptilian like" better in these types of closed positions. Instructive, however is Karpov's gaining control of the open "a" file.
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: This is why I could never really get into Karpov's games. Over 40 moves and still 30 pieces on the board! Maybe it's because it's beyond my level of comprehension, which it kinda is, but mainly because I find positional chess too boring. Thank god for Tal, Fischer and Kasparov... and all those late nineteenth century/ early twentieth century players.
Dec-21-14  JosepCmd: Karpov's signature!
Jan-25-15  Poisonpawns: Absolutely Incredible.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 5)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>

Times Chess Twitter Feed
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. Don't post personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Strategie 1 - 6 Tigersprung auf DWZ 1500
by 5nizza
gazzawhite's favorite games
by gazzawhite
from PuReZHHa by PuReZHHa
black's pieces are trapped the mice...rats
from zugzwang greats by kevin86
Karpov's Immortal
from Immortal games by MoonlitKnight
from Anatoly Karpov - My 300 Best Games by YuanTi
shalgo's favorite games
by shalgo
Black is paralyzed, then eliminated.
from Inspiring Games! by SpiritedReposte
from Karpov Right Plan by cgrob
Volume 17 - 9th Place - 27 pts.
from Chess Informant: 640 Best Games - Part 3 by TheAlchemist
Ruy Lopez
by Justs99171
Chigorin, 11...Qc7 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.d5 Nd8 14.a4
from Ruy Lopez by KingG
Karpov's Immortal
Nodreads' favorite games
by Nodreads
favorite games
by W O C E
Game #7
from The most beautiful games in chess by keywiz84
refutor's favorite games
by refutor
a Karpov Immortal?!
from chess strategems iii - under construction by gauer
Karpov's Nimzo like chokehold
from Positional and Strategic Brilliancies by addiction to chess
Karpov's Classic
from matein8's favorite games by matein8
plus 132 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies