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Anatoly Karpov vs Dragoljub Velimirovic
Vidmar Memorial (1975), Portoroz/Ljubljana, rd 10, Jun-14
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  1-0


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Dec-15-05  Bobwhoosta: Karpov may have played quickly in terms of time, but he was definitely slow with his moves. Here, in a situation I would normally term "He who gets there first" he allows black to keep on journeying for quite some time, all the while absorbing material until black has nothing left. White actually only has the initiative for a slight portion of the game, and uses it first to diminish the number of pieces on the board (28.Rd8) then turns around and begins building it back up again for the "final" assault.
Jan-14-08  M.D. Wilson: <White actually only has the initiative for a slight portion of the game, and uses it first to diminish the number of pieces on the board (28.Rd8) then turns around and begins building it back up again for the "final" assault.> In regards to this, there was no one better than Karpov. You can almost see Karpov sitting there, spitting out all these rapid fire moves, thinking, "You think you know what chess is all about. You don't have a clue!"

Karpov was, I think, one of the fastest players of all time, even in classical time controls. He was the Anand of his time. Fischer was also very fast, seldom taking more than 10-15 minutes in very complicated positions, whereas his opponents were almost always behind on the clock. I think Karpov was even faster, especially in "technical" positions. I think Nunn and others made mention of this "quality".

Feb-22-08  M.D. Wilson: What do people think?
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  keypusher: <M.D. Wilson> I think this is quite a game! Thanks for pointing it out.

Karpov vs Keene, 1977

For how fast Karpov played early in his career, see Ray Keene's notes in the game above (especially the note at the end of the game.)

Feb-22-08  euripides: Like bleeding Horseguards' parade.
Apr-11-17  Howard: For the record, CL mentioned in Game 1 of the 1981 WC match against the late Korchnoi that Karpov was usually the fastest player in the world at the time.
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