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Anatoly Karpov vs Viswanathan Anand
Candidates Match (1991), Brussels BEL, rd 8, Aug-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Sep-17-04  Everett: Superior coordination, limiting opponents options, tactical acuity attain victory.

15.Nb5 followed by 16.Bd2 highlight Karpov's skill during his best years.

Black's a8 rook is given no time to move, setting up white's 26.Nxg7

Oct-26-05  Brown: 16.Bd2! Nice highlight on dominating the a3-f8 diagonal. The whole line in mined.

Aug-26-09  zev22407: 23)..B-e6 was the losing move , better was 23)..Bxf5 24)Qxf5 B-a7 with a level position.
Aug-26-09  outsider: zev22407,
do you really mean equal?
Feb-13-11  libertyjack: Wonderful game. Wow! Bc1-d2-e1-h1.
May-14-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: "Anatoli Karpov's Punch-Out!!" for NES


May-14-12  Shams: Karpov in fine huggy-bear form here. I wish 18.f4 made sense to me.
May-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <Shams> 18. f4 definitely is a cool move!


May-15-12  RookFile: No nonsense Karpov play. He just sits down, and says "I'm going to beat you." and is pretty ruthless about it.
May-15-12  LoveThatJoker: <RookFile> I agree!


Jul-25-13  Everett: < Shams: Karpov in fine huggy-bear form here. I wish 18.f4 made sense to me.>

To my amateur eyes, 18.f4 basically buries the Ra8. Anand's DSB is needed to stay on that diagonal, in particular to eye the d6 square. In that light, we can make sense of this post:

< zev22407: 23)..B-e6 was the losing move , better was 23)..Bxf5 24)Qxf5 B-a7 with a level position.> This line gets rid of the pressure on the central dark squares in order to improve both the DSB and Ra8.

This is not all rosy for Black, facing the two bishops and minimal counterplay. After <23..Bxf5 24.Qxf5 Ba7 25.Bf2> Karpov has everything covered and can be happy with a steady advantage, just his kind of game.

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  andrewjsacks: Rather late Karpov--but classic Karpov.
Jul-26-13  Everett: < andrewjsacks: Rather late Karpov--but classic Karpov.>

We are lucky that his "late" period as a top player lasted another five years after this game.

Oct-18-16  Howard: Inside Chess made the appropriate point that this game didn't reflect very well on Anand's overall play in this match. Up until this point, Anand had clearly dominated the match, and he really should have been leading by now.

But, in this game (the 8th and last one in the match), he was scarcely recognizable.

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