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Anatoly Karpov vs Nedelin
RUS-ch Juniors (1961), Borovichi URS
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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Sep-30-02  refutor: 30.Qxa3! exposing black's weak bank rank
Mar-20-05  ArturoRivera: Karpov and his opponent must have been kids and his opponent not see the simply Qxa3, even i know two rooks in an even situation worth more than a queen!
Apr-30-05  aw1988: Nedelin probably thought the knight endgame was drawn, until they got to it, that is.
May-07-05  aw1988: I just looked at the whole game. Absolutely amazing, I'm suprised I haven't seen it before.
Oct-07-05  ConfusedPatzer: You mean the knight endgame where karpov has two of them and he only has one?
Oct-11-05  Backward Development: Notes from my analysis:
8.h3!?<an unusual move order that prevents 8...Bg4 but allows 8...Na5!? with an unclear position>

13...Nb7!?<Another unusual move order. More common is 13...c4 with ...Nb7 to follow.>

14.Nf1<returns to main lines, but the advance 14.a4!? gives black awkward problems 14...Bd7<14...b4?! 15.c4 locks up the QS, and White's superiority on the KS will be telling.>15.c4! Re8<of course, there are several alternatives>16.Bd3!?<allows black to release the tension, but it is not clear whether that is advantageous>16...bxa4 17.Bc2 a3 18.Rxa3~ and the potential a-file pressure is compensated by White's weak b-pawn.>

15...Nc5<logical and consistent, but theory recommends 15...h5!? Now here, 16.N3h2< Bxh3 17.N3h2 Qc8 18.Ne3<18.Qf3!?-Golod>18...Nc5 19.Qf3 Kh7 20.Kh1 Rh8 21.Rg1 Kg8=Arutunian-Golod, Pardubice 2002> hg 17.Nxg4 Bxg4 18.hxg4 Nh7 19.Re3 Bg5 20.Rh3 Bxc1 21.Qxc1 Qe7 22.Ng3 Qg5=Bakre-Vladimirov, Calcutta 2001>

16...g6?!<A case of the cure being more harmful than the disease. This slow move critically weakens the dark squares on that side of the board. Karpov typically exploits such errors mercilessly.>

17.Kg2!<A typical Karpov stroke; A non-routine move with a concrete goal in mind based on the needs of the position. He directly preparares the stab g4-g5 which will spread gloom all over the Black KS. Even in his very young age, Anatoly showed enormous understanding. Although Black has no answer to this threat, he does have resources to begin a diversion on the Queenside shortly.>

17...Ne8<It's difficult to recommend a good square for the Kt; I would have considered 17...Kh8!? 18.g5 Ng8. The idea is to retreat the Bishop to f8 and play ...Ne7. It's not clear that the Kt is best placed here, but it at least has the possibility of hopping via c8 to b6, once the other bishop moves. What is clear is that on e8 and subsequently g7 fulfills no useful purpose at all.

18.g5 <Despite how highly Fritz 8 rates Black's position(-.25)<it is most likely that its evaluation is based soley by the advanced c-pawn and the Nc5>, I would venture to evaluate the position as >

19...b4?!<asking far too much out of the position. Just compare the respective minor pieces for each side. Black is most certainly NOT prepared for this advance. The disruptive 19...f6 is indicated, and after 20.Qd2 fg 21.Nxg5 Ng7 the dangerous 22.f4!? ef 23.Bxf4 Bf6 leads to an unclear game.>

21.Bxc5!?<White knocks off Black's best piece and leaves him with bishops forced into passive positions, but it is not clear that any permanent advantage can be achieved.>

22...Rdb8<22...f6! is stronger, and casts doubt on White's 21st move. After the exchange of several pawns, Black's bishops will obtain enough activity for equality.>

23...Bc8?!<The bishop is better placed on a6 and this loses a tempo. 23...Nc7!? activating the Kt deserved consideration; Black fights for the initiative and White must play accurately.>

29...Ra3??<Black makes an immediately fatal oversight.>

30.Qxa3!<Now White's rooks come into play with decisive effect.>

Oct-18-05  euripides: <Backward> interesting notes. I don't know Nedelin's age or strength. The blunder is quite bad, but the rest of his play seems quite good, though I don't play this variation for either side.

16...g6 looks right to me to stop Nf5.

After 19...f6 can't White try 20 h4 ? I am not sure 19...b4 is bad.

The idea of 24 ...Ng7 and 25...Ba6 could be to exchange the knight on e2 and then bring the knight on g7 to h5 and f4. Karpov succeeds in stopping this with 27 bxc4 and 28 Bd3. He also manages to exchange off the right minor pieces; Black's remaining bishop could become a headache for Black in an endgame. But I'm still not sure who's better.

26...Rxb4 might be an improvement for Black. 26...c3 doesn't quite work. 27...Qxc4 is worth thinking about but probably no improvement. 28...Ra3 looks like an improvement when I'm not sure what is happening; then 29 Nc1 Nh5 or 29 Ne1 Bxg5 or 29 Bxc4 Qxf4 30 Ng3 all seem to offer Black some chances.

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  keypusher: <Backward Development> thanks for your notes. I like the way you approach the game objectively, e.g. you're not trying to make Karpov's victory look foreordained from the very first move.

In looking at games from very early in a chessmaster's career, I always enjoy learning the circumstances in which the game was played and a little bit about the opponent. Tal does a great job setting the scene for his early games in his autobiography. I don't know if it's possible for you to find out anything about Nedelin or whether it would simply be too much work, but I think it would add some additional interest to your annotations (which are interesting in and of themselves).

Dec-25-05  Chopin: This game by Karpov is brilliant. To sacrifice your queen for two rooks is not a bad strategy. Once the two rooks are connect on the 8th rank, the game is over.
Dec-25-05  Eatman: Guys, Karpov was 10 years old at that time and doubtful his opponnent was much older so have to give some leeway on mistakes here.
Feb-11-06  ArturoRivera: i still believe however, that Karpov at 10 would kick my ass, giving me knight odds, blinfold and discussing about Nietzsches's will of power theory
Apr-14-06  IMDONE4: Black's queenside attack was asking for too much in the position, although black would be seemingly alright if not for the fatal error Ra3??
Aug-13-06  woodenbishop: Awesome chess. Karpov, even at a young age, impresses me.
Aug-13-06  positionalgenius: <woodenbishop>Yes I agree.He's one of the great ones.
Feb-17-08  wvkevin: Looks like black has equality on move 29, maybe a slight advantage in space, then blunders the game away with Ra3?? Net result is a lost knight with no compensation.
Sep-11-08  permutation: The aspect of this game that I enjoy most is watching black's Qside pawns advance to so little effect. They're neutralized by a greater positional understanding that is happy to let them be, until the exchange is advantageous, which is what opens the files for the rooks' sortie. Karpov's play is characterised by great restraint. Even at ten his patience was not tested.
Sep-11-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Great game, black pushes too hard and loses. But seeing as Karpov was only 10 I guess his opponent didn't have too much to go on. lol
Jan-30-21  MrJafari: Brilliant move of Karpov (exchanging Q with 2R)...
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  naresb: i think White displayed nice piece coordination on defensive side.

apart from that he wisely choose correct squares for trade of pieces to happen.

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