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Karpov at the 1976 Soviet Championship
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One year after Fischer forfeited the title,Karpov was anxious to show he was a true champion.So he entered every strong tournament he could.And the 1976 USSR championship was loaded with the stars of Soviet chess.Karpov performed magnificently with an astounding score of +8-1=8.

...Qa5?? queen sac!
Karpov vs Balashov, 1976 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1-0

An amazing save from Karpov
Petrosian vs Karpov, 1976 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

complex game ends in draw in 17 moves
Karpov vs Polugaevsky, 1976
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Generally considered to be a top-3 karpov game,all time
Karpov vs Dorfman, 1976 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

peaceful draw
Smyslov vs Karpov, 1976
(A15) English, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov deals with a Tal attack
Karpov vs Tal, 1976 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller plays a brilliant game,and inflicts Karpov's only loss
Geller vs Karpov, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

High quality draw
Romanishin vs Karpov, 1976 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

A highly instructive draw
Karpov vs Sveshnikov, 1976 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov plays a great game
Gulko vs Karpov, 1976 
(B44) Sicilian, 66 moves, 0-1

Karpov attacks and wins
Vaganian vs Karpov, 1976 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 53 moves, 0-1

An interesting short draw
N Rashkovsky vs Karpov, 1976 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov holds his own and draws
Karpov vs Taimanov, 1976
(B44) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

A great fighting win for Karpov
Karpov vs Tseshkovsky, 1976 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

One of Karpov's finest wins
A Zakharov vs Karpov, 1976 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 52 moves, 0-1

Brilliant 37.Bc7!! wins game
Karpov vs Kupreichik, 1976 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

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