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Anatoly Karpov vs Viacheslav Kalashnikov
Zlatoust (1961)
Spanish Game: Exchange. Lutikov Variation (C68)  ·  1-0



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  Gypsy: It actually seems to me that black position after the 24-th move is preferable. But 25.-d4? makes further black progress difficult and 37.-Bg8? looses the game. (My guess is that Kalashnikov was still gunning for a win and did not want to repeat position after 37.-Bd3.)
Apr-20-04  TrueFiendish: A Karpov game against Browne began 1.c4 c5 2.b3 Nf6 3.Bb2 g6 4.Bxf6 exf6, and Karpov, the minor exchange down, went on to exploit his advantage in pawn position very clinically 55 moves later. Now that's technique!
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  Gypsy: Of course, this was 1961. Kalashnikov knew he was playing some guy named Karpov. But he had no clue that he was playing KARPOV; I think he would have taken the draw otherwise.
Apr-21-04  badbadLeroyBrown: Is this the same guy who invented the AK-47?
Apr-21-04  Dogzilla: <badbadLeroyBrown> No. The "AK" in AK-47 stands for the inventor's would be the VK-47 if this was the guy. Unless Karpov was the real inventor, then it would still be AK-47.
Apr-21-04  matein8: Actually the designer of the AK-47 was Mikhail Kalashnikov. I saw a documentary called "Automatic Kalashnikov" in which the designer was prominently featured; I assume the "A" stands for automatic (or a similar Russian name). Mikhail Kalashnikov seemed like a very modest man and what was interesting to me was the way he spent time in the film pondering over feelings of guilt in designing a weapon that became a favorite of terrorists and criminals. But he was proud of his invention as a contribution to the Soviet military.
Apr-21-04  TrueFiendish: matein8: it's odd that "automatic" would actually be someone's name in Russia, and that there would be other similar names also. ;-)
Apr-21-04  matein8: <Truefiendish> Lol, def name: A descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person OR THING, on account of a character or acts.
Apr-21-04  TrueFiendish: Darn. I thought I had you there. (I'm still trying to get my head around Russian patronymics.)
Aug-17-04  siggemannen: actually AK stands for Avtomat Kalashnikova. which can be translated to Kalashnikov's automatic gun
Aug-17-04  akiba82: Karpov was only ten at the time of the game.
Aug-17-04  IMDONE4: losing 2 a ten year old was quite embarrassing 4 ol' VK... he wasn't exactly at the top of his game at that time
Jan-18-06  shamekovich: Anatoly: "I never want to give him
the move! If I can keep moving, I can
push him back with my moves!"

Botvinnik: "Yes, yes...the endgame
is rubbish, though. He should have
left his kingside pawns alone, rather
than foolishly advancing them."

Apr-14-06  IMDONE4: im suprised that Karpov used the exchange variation, generally considered obsolete. The only player who has actually dominated with the opening is Fischer.
Aug-04-06  Amulet: <Dogzilla: <badbadLeroyBrown> No. The "AK" in AK-47 stands for the inventor's would be the VK-47 if this was the guy. Unless Karpov was the real inventor, then it would still be AK-47.>

I read that it was invented by a soviet general named Alexander Kalashnikov in the year 1947, thus `AK47'

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  Sneaky: I'm pretty sure the A in AK47 stands for "automatic", or in Russian, "Avtomat." Besides, General Kalashnikov's first name was Mikhail.
Jan-10-09  blacksburg: heh heh, this is what happens to me everytime i go into a B vs N endgame with the bishop. stupid tricky knights.

after 24...Ke5, it looks impossible for black to lose, but he finds a way.

Jan-12-09  M.D. Wilson: Karpov was 10 here.
Sep-21-09  Wayne Proudlove: Hmm...yeah. I can only comprehend the first ten or twelve moves. I'm around a 1300 rating and it's too complicated, I can't figure it out myself. I think I'll wait until I'm with a partner who loves chess too and is good at it and we can go through it together, like a labour of love. Not just chess all the time, we can travel or get a cottage and do other things but chess would probably be central to our lives. Until then I think I'll pick up Karpov's biography for further insight.
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  Alex Schindler: The pun for this game should be AK-47. Or Anatoly Karpov 47. Or AK jams Kalashnikov. Or some variation on that theme.
Oct-29-15  Howard: Going back to a comment in April, 2004, just when was that Karpov-Browne game ?!
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  Chessical: Karpov vs Browne, 1972
Oct-29-15  Howard: Remind me to get my eyeglasses cleaned ! Thanks much !
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  HeMateMe: It was an assault, against an assault rifle!
Mar-14-21  MrJafari: A marathon between two novices!
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