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Anatoly Karpov vs Gennadi Sosonko
Bad Lauterberg (1977), Bad Lauterberg FRG, rd 1, Mar-06
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation General (B72)  ·  1-0



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Nov-21-06  M.D. Wilson: Brutal
Jan-07-09  M.D. Wilson: Completely outclassed. h5 only weakens black's position, but by that stage, it's already hopeless.
Feb-19-13  Everett: 9.Bg5 was Karpov's early pet-line vs the Dragon, and he scored well with it.

It is interesting just how often Karpov did not play main lines until around '71 or so, likely because he wasn't interested in following cutting edge theory until he was grabbed by the big-wigs in Moscow.

When one considers this, we can see that Karpov may have just rode the wave, pragmatically plugging himself into the system. If left to his own devices, I wonder if he would be very much like Carlsen today, eschewing main lines and getting solid positions from where he can outplay his opponent.

Nov-30-15  Ulhumbrus: 15 Qe2!! offers the b2 pawn and employs a resource which it seems useful to know about. The queen attacks the retreat square c4 for the knight. On 15...Nxb2 16 Nd5! the knight on b2 is not going anywhere and c3 will follow, as Kevin J.O'Connell and David N.L.Levy have indicated in their book <Anatoly Karpov's games as world champion 1975-77> (published by Batsford in 1978)
Nov-30-15  Howard: That above-comment seems to reflect one of Karpov's pet strengths back in the day, in that he was especially adept in spotting two-move and three-move combinations. Kramnik--among others--said that about him.
Dec-01-15  Howard: There's apparently more to 15.Qe2! than meets the eye. The book Karpov's Strategic Wins states that if 15...Nxb2, then White replies 16.f6! winning a piece (17.Bc1! follows).

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