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Levente Lengyel vs Anatoly Karpov
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 3, Nov-26
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  0-1



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  nasmichael: In HOW KARPOV WINS by E. Mednis this game is reviewed on pp. 18-20. Mednis says "Early in the opening Karpov accepts a pawn in an obscure gambit--an advantage he retains when his opponent fails to proceed sharply enough. Strategically perfect play allows him to realize his Queenside pawn majority. First, the extra pawn is sacrificed back for a lasting positional advantage. Then the sacrificed material is quickly regained, with decisive interest. A brief mating attack ends the game."

What do you think, chess fans? Is this accurate?

May-10-07  thesonicvision:
Apr-24-11  M.D. Wilson: One of Karpov's great strengths was his practical approach to positions and tournaments alike. Sometimes he played different stages of the game very differently; what I mean by that is that he was always objective and wouldn't continue with a strategic or tactical idea if it reduced his chances of victory, unlike, say, Botvinnik or Alekhine, who would persist with an idea or stratagem, confident in the win. Ironically, Botvinnik had this to say about a young Karpov: "The boy doesn't have a clue about chess, and there's no future at all for him in this profession."

I think this may have been the basis of Botvinnik's unfair criticism; that Karpov didn't implement an overall strategic approach to the game, but was "merely" a technician.

He was certainly more than that.

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