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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
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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
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  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.

May-24-12
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  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
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

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

Aug-31-13
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  thegoodanarchist: All I can say about Karpov's play here is "Nice".
Dec-25-13
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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.
Nov-06-14
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  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.
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