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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Kupreichik
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 6, Dec-05
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Karpov's "positional" play was always based on his excellent tactical insight. His elegant little winning combo beginning with 37.Bc7 would be a pretty puzzle.
Jul-10-06  sixfeetunder: In my opinion positional play can be based on tactical insight, they don't eliminate each other and they can and do coexist with each other.
Jul-10-06  ColonelCrockett: tactics and positional play cannot exist seperately. It is a dance of the two that creates good chess.
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  Honza Cervenka: In the final position it could have followed yet 41...gxh4 42.g5 b5 43.Kh2 c4 44.bxc4 bxc4 45.g6 c3 46.c8=Q+ Rxc8 47.Rh8+ Kd7 48.Rxc8 Kxc8 49.g7 c2 50.g8=Q+ etc.
Sep-07-06  steamroller: <Honza> 43.Kh2 seems like a waste of time. After 41...gxh4 42.g5 b5 43.c8Q wins.
Sep-04-10  Bobwhoosta: I believe the difference between a "tactical" and "positional" player is the tendency they have to use one to create the other.

For instance, Petrosian was more likely to use a positional advantage to eventually create easy tactics, whereas after a blitzkrieg of attacking sacrifices Tal might very well have found himself with a winning position.

Karpov always looked for positional moves, but his accute tactical sense was what allowed him to play those moves. His skill was in finding out which of the "natural" moves of the position were playable, and in what order, and he used this well to achieve many wins that looked like they required absolutely no effort at all...

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  Honza Cervenka: <steamroller: <Honza> 43.Kh2 seems like a waste of time. After 41...gxh4 42.g5 b5 43.c8Q wins.>

Well, yes, 43.c8=Q wins too. Purpose of 43.Kh2 is to play g5-g6 and the Pawn cannot be taken for mate but it was not necessary, as black is not able to catch the g-Pawn anyway after immediate trade of Rooks on c8.

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