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Viswanathan Anand vs Anatoly Karpov
Buenos Aires Sicilian (1994), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 12, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0

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Sep-19-10  SharpAttack: Very Nice play by Anand..Does not allow Karpov to relax at all..!
Mar-26-12  nr77man: what a good game by anand....masterclass
Jan-11-13  Abdooss: After the game, Karpov commented, "After 9...d5, it's equal, but I misplayed." Anand's response upon hearing that, "I would love to have a match against Karpov with all games starting after 9..d5!" Anand must be very positive that the position after 9..d5 favours White a lot!" The result shows!
Or as Ljubojevic once said, "Karpov knows a lot about chess, but not enough about Sicilian!"
Jan-11-13  voyager39: That was long ago...when Chess wasn't adulterated by Computers and databases.
Jan-11-13
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  Dionysius1: Yes, <voyager39>. Here's to those days. It's how I justify not playing any more and just revelling in chess history up to about mid 1980s
Dec-25-17  birthtimes: Karpov in his career playing the Taimanov as Black won 13 games, drew 17 games, and lost only twice. This was his first loss in the Taimanov. Ljubojevic needs to revise his statement.
Feb-21-21  Gaito: This is one of Vishy Anand's finest efforts. Karpov was thoroughly outplayed from start to finish. Karpov's first mistake was 9...d5? After 10.Nxc6! White had a clear plus (Stockfish 13 gives a computer evaluation of +1.50). But that was not a losing move, merely an inferior move. Karpov's losing mistake happened in the following position:


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BLACK TO MOVE
Correct was 23...Rac8. Karpov, however, apparently lost the thread of the game, or maybe he mixed his thoughts regarding the correct placement of his rooks. At any rate, he played the losing blunder 23...Rd8??, wasting valuable time, as that rook has no business to do on d8. Anand replied with 24.b3! (+ −) and after that the game was strategically decided. The evaluation of Stockfish 13 after that move raises to +4.31 in only 20 seconds. But aside from Karpov's two mistakes, Anand played an excellent game, making almost always the strongest move and giving Karpov no quarter. This game shows Anand at his best!

Feb-21-21  RandomVisitor: <After the game, Karpov commented, "After 9...d5, it's equal, but I misplayed." Anand's response upon hearing that, "I would love to have a match against Karpov with all games starting after 9..d5!">

After 9...d5:


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Stockfish_21022022_x64_modern:

<52/69 46:49 +1.62 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.c4> Bd6 12.exd5 exd5 13.Nb6 Rb8 14.Nxc8 Rxc8 15.g3 0-0 16.Bd4 Be5 17.cxd5 a5 18.dxc6 Bxd4 19.Qxd4 Qxc6 20.Rfd1 Rfe8

52/71 46:49 +1.61 10.c4 Bd6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 exd5 13.Nb6 Rb8 14.Nxc8 Rxc8 15.g3 0-0 16.Bd4 Be5 17.cxd5 a5 18.dxc6 Bxd4 19.Qxd4 Qxc6 20.Rfd1 Rfe8

Feb-21-21  RandomVisitor: <Gaito>points out that 23...Rac8 is best:


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Stockfish_21022022_x64_modern:

<53/78 08:02 +0.22 23...Rac8 24.b3 Rc3> 25.Nb4 Qd6 26.Nc6+ Kf8 27.Rac1 Rxc1 28.Rxc1 d3 29.Qe3 e4 30.f3 exf3 31.Rd1 Bd5 32.Qxd3 Qc5+ 33.Nd4 fxg2

Feb-21-21  RandomVisitor: Black had one final chance to draw: 28...Bd7


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Stockfish_21022022_x64_modern:

<52/74 03:00 +0.12 28...Bd7 29.Qd4 Bxc6> 30.Qxd6+ Rxd6 31.bxc6 Rcxc6 32.Kf1 Rc2 33.Re3 Rf6 34.f3 Rxa2 35.Rdxd3 g5 36.Re5 Rg6 37.Rd7 g4 38.Re2 Ra1+

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