chessgames.com
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 66 times; par: 65 [what's this?]

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

TIP: All games have a Kibitzer's Corner provided for community discussion. If you have a question or comment about this game, register a free account so you can post there.

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  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.

May-23-12  drnooo: coming to wilsons defense, since some of us dont read a lot of posts here, for one, I, never saw that quote from Bot about Kar, so it struck me as wow almost like Fischers assessment of Lasker I have heard that Bob changed that critique eventually but never saw anything concrete about it, any details on the Botvinnik reassessment???
May-23-12  drnooo: I have heard of course about the tabula rasa approach of Karpov, the two or three little move combos, best moves etc, how he played but to some extent that was also Korchnoi, wasnt it, just hammering things out as they went along: and it certainly worked against Fischer. So perhaps Karpov might well have been the one best suited against Fischer after all.
May-23-12  Everett: Berlin vs Karpov? A better "what if..." would be if Karpov played the the Berlin vs Kasparov in the 80's instead of putting his head in the lions mouth with the Zaitsev.

And playing the Alapin or Rossolimo vs Kasparov's Sicilian. He seemed to do fine with it in '87, with colors reversed and a tempo down.

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Of course there's also the legendary 11...Bd6 in Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993

Probably not what we were looking for, though.

May-24-12
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 Ps on f6 & h6, the shaky situation of the B on g7 & the inevitable Ng4 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 7.de 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.

http://chessclues.blogspot.com/2012...

Nov-07-12  FlintEastwood: That game is the embodiment of Karpovian style! Pure torture, Karpov is a sadist.
Nov-22-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qS_...

Aug-31-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: All I can say about Karpov's play here is "Nice".
Dec-25-13
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.
Feb-24-14
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Aug-24-14
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.#
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 users.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
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 Chessgames.com, 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?]
Karpov takes out a whole army with a bishop move.
from Games to make you smile. by SufferingBruin
Boa constrictor
from iking's favorite games by iking
zengames
by zentovic
Tim Krabbe's
by W O C E
Karpov's best game
from PinkPanther's favorite games by PinkPanther
My favorite game, ever.
from Karpov Exploits the a-file by danielpi
haydn20's favorite games
by haydn20
karpov's immortal
from coralsea's favorite games by coralsea
NguyenVo's favorite games
by NguyenVo
A perfect example of Karpov's positional genius.
from Ed Frank's favorite games by Ed Frank
24.Ba7!! Blocking a file - Switching play to opposite flank
from Strategic maneuvers by Phoenix
PreKarpov
from The Best Chess Games (part 1) by Dr Esenville
gazzawhite's favorite games
by gazzawhite
Beauty and Complexity
by ottohill
Ezpone's favorite games
by Ezpone
Open Files (Uhlmann and Schmidt)
by hms123
Karpov's finest
from VargPOD's favorite games by VargPOD
jps' favorite games
by jps
Ba7!! to get the open file
from Brilliant games by madhatter5
Anatoly Karpov's best games
by Psihadal
plus 123 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 2001-2014, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies