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Boris Gulko vs Anatoly Karpov
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 13, Dec-16
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  0-1



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  chancho: Gulko sets a stalemate trap. Karpov ignores it and responds with a rook move setting up zugzwang, and then another Rook move setting up an unstoppable mate.
Oct-28-14  tranquilsimplicity: Karpov is the greatest Chess scientist (positional) who ever lived! We don't yet agree as to who is the greatest Chess artist (tactical); but names like Tal and Bronstein spring to mind. As for the greatest universal player that combined the art and science to arrive at universality of Chess style, my choice is Fischer. And when we say artist or scientist, we do not mean to suggest that the artist does not know or appreciate the science of chess, and vice-versa. It simply means a tendency in playing style.#
Oct-28-14  Petrosianic: <tranquilsimplicity: Karpov is the greatest Chess scientist (positional) who ever lived!>

You can tell that just from this one game?

Oct-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Petrosianic> No. Not just this most interesting game but after studying quite a lot of his games. I must admit that my comments are meant to incite debate or responses. And I have been successful since you have responded.

The reason I feel that Karpov's strategic mastery is slightly above that of Petrosian, Capablanca, Kasparov and Lasker, is the fact that Karpov dominated a much stronger field of competitors or super grandmasters. Then there is the fact that Karpov's games are so scientifically (-positionally-strategically) slanted, that one fails to notice what is going on. His feel for high strategy and microscopic manoeuvres is superior to that of any other in my opinion. Karpov asserts this but adds that Petrosian may have been the only GM that could match him (Karpov) in this scientific (ultra-positional) approach.

I also could have added that Lasker and Kasparov can along with Fischer contest for the greatest player with a universal style. In fact Emanuel Lasker in my opinion may easily be the strongest if not greatest player who lived; but I don't want to go there. It's a pity that Lasker is not really accorded the respect I feel he deserves in Chess history. And it is a pity that Fischer had even refused to include Lasker in his top ten greatest players; however with Fischer's issues with anti-semitism it may not be difficult to see why Fischer felt that way.#

Oct-29-14  Petrosianic: I didn't agree or disagree with your claim, I just asked what about this game supports it (apparently nothing). But if it doesn't, then why didn't you post the comment on a page that would support the claim?

<And I have been successful since you have responded.>

You just want to get an answer and don't care what it is? Are you sure you want to say that? You could yell "Fire" in a crowded theater and get that result.

Oct-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Petrosianic> Karpov calmly repels Gulko's attack refusing to fall for Gulko's tactics. And when Gulko's attack is spent, Karpov unleashes simple tactics of his own .. Nxb4, ..Nxf3, ends going up an exchange where with the greatest ease paralyses Gulko on the rim!

It is this paralysing or strangulating effect that Karpov exercises with perfect mastery game after game, that I am "singing hymns" about. And I thus sought opinion on the game and Karpov's style. And when I made the great claim, I did so with awareness that it is my opinion only and many others may feel differently hence my very relaxed attitude regarding soliciting opinion.

And might say that I do not really care about the answer because there could never be an answer or "truth" where people's opinions are concerned. But I still enjoy to know what another might think. I might even be swayed by another's view.

And no; I am not that desperate with regard to inciting a response. Being no arsonist I am interested in provoking comment on our beautiful game; Chess.#

Oct-29-14  Petrosianic: Good. That's good. Now, when you say Karpov didn't fall for his tactics, are you implying that they were on the cheap side? A coffeehouse attack, if you will? Or that they were reasonable, but Karpov just saw deeper?

Another thing worth mentioning would be that the ending of this game is remarkably similar to the ending of Game 1 of the Karpov-Spassky match, except this time Karpov was on the winning side.

Oct-30-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Petrosianic> I am implying that Karpov saw deeper. Gulko is one of the few players to have a plus score against Kasparov, and I believe the only GM to have been a USSR and USA Champion. It would be unwise to think of Gulko's tactics as 'Coffee-house'.

Yes..the first game of Karpov v Spassky match in 1974 had a similar ending. It was a rather fiery game but unfortunately for Spassky, his only win.#

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