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Anatoly Karpov vs Lajos Portisch
Vidmar Memorial (1975), Portoroz, rd 1, Jun-02
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  1-0


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Mar-10-04  Resignation Trap: 27...Rb8?? was dreadful. Black had to play 27...Bxc3.
Aug-25-11  PSC: The opening moves were actually 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6, but ne'ermind. I've posted Karpov's annotations to this game here:
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  andrewjsacks: This game shows, I think, that a Fischer-Karpov match in '75 would probably have been closer by far than the '72 match with Spassky. Karpov was not only quite strong, but possessed of a style and temperament extremely difficult to combat. Fischer the favorite? I agree. But no rout in sight.
Aug-26-11  tonsillolith: <This game shows, I think, that a Fischer-Karpov match in '75 would probably have been closer by far than the '72 match with Spassky. Karpov was not only quite strong, but possessed of a style and temperament extremely difficult to combat. Fischer the favorite? I agree. But no rout in sight.>

Very cogent statement. I believe both the people who think Fischer would have stomped Karpov or that Karpov was favored whatsoever are all delusional. Fischer certainly seemed to be stronger at the time, but Karpov not far behind.

However, later on, in the 80s, perhaps Karpov would have been the favorite. It's much harder to say.

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  perfidious: Karpov had already proven himself a top-class GM, but no-one was in the class of Fischer in 1972.

In 1975, after three years without a serious game, and Karpov going from strength to strength?

In my opinion, Fischer would have won, but so easily as some fanboys would have one believe, though he had previously demonstrated himself capable of coming out of layoffs with stronger play than before.

Jan-16-15  Papagambit: Why would anyone (falsely)ASSume that Fischer would have remained the same strength that he was in '72, while Karpov only would have increased in strength,lol(had he continued to compete and prepare). Even in retirement he continued to work out TNs that the rest of the world never dreamed of, as evidenced in Fischer-Spassky II .
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  offramp: Hey! Kids!
Why don't we put on a discussion about Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) right here!
Dec-06-17  Howard: This game made Game of the Month back in the September, 1975 issue of CL&R.
Sep-11-18  Howard: Just what was it about this particular game that made it so "noteworthy". It was not only a GOTM in 1975, but it even made the Informant top-10 back then for the volume that it appeared in.

Looks like an ordinary Karpov win, if you ask me.

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  perfidious: Maybe the noteworthiness was due to Karpov opening 1.Nf3, as mentioned above: this occasioned the first annotations by Gligoric in the aforementioned Game of the Month column in CL&R.

Seems as good an explanation to me, other than this being Karpov's first game as world champion.

Sep-13-18  Howard: First game as WC?! Didn't know that--thanks!
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