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Rafael Vaganian vs Anatoly Karpov
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 14, Dec-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  0-1


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Apr-27-05  acdc: what an impressive king side assualt by the normally defensive Karpov
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  offramp: It's like a slow-motion replay of a Shirov attack.
Jul-04-05  OneArmedScissor: Fischer has always been credited for grinding wins out of his opponents. I find this game a very good example of Karpov's style in which he's fully capable of doing the same thing: grinding his oppents down.
Feb-29-12  Everett: Kasparov strove for activity, and was successful because his pieces worked maximally compared to their counterparts. On a scale of 1-10, Kasparov was at 10 while his opponents were somewhere between 5-7.

Here Karpov shows again why the two are so different, by seeking merely to have his opponent with no activity whatsoever, while he would have merely "some." Karpov's activity would be a 6 while his opponents would be somewhere between 1-3.

Concretely, Karpov's ...Kf7 highlights his own king safety and the coming k-side attack. The dormant Ra8 enters the fray with minimal loss of time, and Karpov slowly squeezes White to death.

Mar-01-12  mistreaver: Aren't moves 14 e4 and 15 d5 kinda to optimistic as black closes the center and his inititaitve on kingside goes unhindered? Wouldn't it at least have more sense to include a3 before chasing away the knight?
Mar-01-12  Everett: <mistreaver> you may be right. Perhaps Vaganian did not see any good prospects after a liquidation on d4, which could occur if he delayed the pawn pushes in the center.

Also, a few moves later he has pushed the N offsides and buried Karpov's LSB. It is hard to believe that he is worse after 18..Na6. Either Karpov saw deeper or simply outplayed him from that point. It is an interesting position...

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