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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Anatoly Karpov
Horten Tournament (1980), Bad Kissingen FRG, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation General (B83)  ·  0-1


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  Gypsy: The knight looks trapped: say, 43.Rc8+ Kh7 44.Qc2 Qxc2 45.Rxc2 g5 ...
Aug-15-06  aw1988: One thing I notice about Karpov is that, like Fischer, as black they were both hyper-aggressive. And with White, Karpov slightly more than Fischer (after all, Fischer preferred clean positions), but with Black the semblance is uncanny.
Aug-15-06  KingG: Yeah, i've noticed that with Kramnik as well.
Aug-15-06  aw1988: Kramnik? Possibly, but not like the above two mentioned.
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  Gypsy: What intrigued me on this game was that had, say, White c-pawn been on f2, White would probably had the better game. But as it was, Black managed to make White king an issue. And while white pieces arived to defend in time, they arived in a hurried disarray...
Oct-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: <aw1988> I honestly would never describe Karpov as aggressive. And I disagree that Karpov was as aggressive as Fischer.

In an article on Karpov's brilliant games and his quotes, put together by <KingG>, Karpov admits that he is superior to Fischer and Spassky when it comes to strategy (ultra-positional play), but that those two are superior to Karpov when it comes to seizing and maintaining the initiative (essentially; aggression).#

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  perfidious: <tranquilsimplicity> While it is true that, particularly by the early 1990s, Karpov's play tended towards a narrowness in his opening repertoire, most especially when facing other top GMs, and his style exhibited a heavy bias to positional means, that had not been always been the case. In his run to the title, a universality of style was noted by observers; one of my favourite examples is Karpov vs Quinteros, 1973.
Oct-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: < Perfidious> Agreed. In fact I remember a game where he employed the Poison Pawn Nadjorf variation and even played the Dragon as Black. He also played an aggressive variation against the Sicilian Kan, the Swiss Cheese variation. Karpov also popularised the Keres Attack against the Sicilian; an aggressive line as White.

I agree with you and appreciate this. But I still find it difficult to conclude or assert that Karpov is/was aggressive in his play. I suppose my reluctance is due to the fact that Karpov's praxis is "strangulation"! And he does this simply, economically and patiently. And perhaps with subtle 'aggression' at times.

I accept my bias and have changed my mind. But we have to agree that Fischer was more aggressive; at least that's my experience playing out their games (and Karpov's admission).#

Oct-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Perfidious> Karpov v Quinteros (1973); that is the most combinatorially inspired game I have observed from Karpov. In my opinion it is wilder than Karpov's immortal against Topalov. Spell binding!#
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  perfidious: Very definitely--Fischer was direct and aggressive on the whole, whereas Karpov operated more subtly.
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