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Anatoly Karpov vs Boris Spassky
13th Soviet Team-ch qual group 2 (1975), Riga LAT, rd 2, Jul-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Anti-Queen's Indian System (E17)  ·  1-0


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  keypusher: 23 Rc1 is one of several gorgeous moves by Karpov. He makes great use of the weak back rank to keep control of the game and force simplification.
Jun-14-05  GBKnight: The finish is nice as well. White does not just win the black knight for the a-pawn, but puts black virtually in zugzwang so he will lose the rook. eg 44..Kf5 45 Qd6
May-16-06  DutchDunce: This game is also featured in Jacob Cantrell's "The Basics of Winning Chess," a thin primer for beginners that gives some surprisingly good pointers on strategy.
May-16-06  BobbyBishop: Wow..Karpov really had Spassky's number +16-2=24. This is a true example of a clash of styles. Spassky exclaimed to Karpov that the reason he coudn't battle him successfully was that he simply did not understand his chess thinking.
Oct-23-06  notyetagm: <BobbyBishop: Wow..Karpov really had Spassky's number +16-2=24.>

16-2 in decisive games is amazingly one-sided for two top players.

Dec-26-06  danielpi: 13. dxc5 was most interesting for me. 23. Rc1 was nice and everything, but it's not hard to play that sequence if you see it.

The interesting thing about 13. dxc5 is that Karpov had been building up a really nice center with good control over the dark squares, and he just boots it to play against an IQP situation. Nice, nice, nice.

Dec-26-06  slomarko: 13. dxc5 is a standard move in such type of positions. weird that you find it so interesting.
Dec-26-06  laskereshevsky: 20.QxA7 at first sight lokks risky,
cause the following black-attack on the king side will found the WHITE QUEEN far from.
We must apreciate the KARPOV cold-blood...he saw the possibility to change the QUEENS on the seventh rank, and so the looks-strong black attack suddendly loose all his effective power.

Thats is ( or was at least...) the biggest unknow quality of TOLYA; he nows always wich one piece MUST be changed, and wich one not.

Jan-07-07  ForeverYoung: Analyzing the position after 20 ... Nxf2 on a board without touching the pieces would be a great exercise!
Sep-26-14  SpiritedReposte: 23. Rc1!! What a move.
Dec-27-14  Strelets: Excellent game by Karpov. Strategy, tactics, and defensive acumen are combined to create an incredibly characteristic performance.
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