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Anatoly Karpov vs Peter Svidler
Dos Hermanas (1999), Dos Hermanas ESP, rd 3, Apr-09
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1-0

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Sep-24-06  positionalgenius: An excellent win by Karpov.I can't believe Svidler played the Grunfeld vs an anti-Grunfeld expert like Karpov.
Sep-24-06  SniperOnG7: <positionalgenius> He never plays anything else against 1. d4. So predictalbe that others can easily prepare against him.
Sep-24-06  positionalgenius: <SniperOnG7>yes,much like Peter Leko.
Dec-25-06  Oprenovic: but svidler defended really well in this game and until 45...c4?! and 46... e6? my Fritz says that white is only slightly better
Dec-18-12
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  plang: 11..Nb6 had been played by Svidler against Kasparov several months earlier at Wijk-aan-Zee. Kasparov had won with a nice kingside attack starting with h4-h5. Svidler's 11..Nf6 strengthens the kingside so Karpv attacked on the other flank with 12 a4. Karpov avoided winning the exchange with 19 Nf7+..Rxf7 20 Qxf7 because after 20..e5 Black has powerful counterplay.

Karpov after 29 Nc5:
"There was no pint in playing the rook to c6, because it should be able to operate on two files, c and e, and this is better done from the first and second rank, where the rook also performs defensive duties in the event of a black rook invading the a-file.

Why in general should black be experiencing difficulties in this position? - after all, there appears to be little material left. The point is that all Black's remaining pawns require constant defense, which severely restricts the mobility of all his pieces, including his king. The absence of the light-square bishop means that the light squares in front of the c- and e-pawns are weak, and it is for there that the white knights are aiming. (I should mention in passing that, if each side had only one knight, White's advantage would be reduced to the minimum.) And lastly: one white pawn, securely defended by the knight at f3, prevents possible breaks in the centre and simplification of the position."

If 42..g5 then 43 f4..Rd1 44 Be3 would have been very strong.

At this point in his career Karpov was not in his prime but this game provided a reminder of the way he had previously played.

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