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Bent Larsen vs Anatoly Karpov
Amsterdam IBM (1980), Amsterdam NED, rd 14, Jul-14
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: 15.b4 doesn't seem to be the best idea. Also humble 19.Qd2 would have been probably more reasonable choice than pseudoactive 19.Rc1 and 20.Qxd6. 21.Nd4 loses immediately, but Larsen's position was already very bad. Karpov showed perfect assessment of position and its hidden tactical possibilities playing 15...Bf6 and 16...cxb4. I guess Capablanca wouldn't play it better...:-)
Feb-21-03  kostich in time: Karpov was often faulted for playing "dull" systems with black...this shows that, when he in the mood, he could play as brilliantly with black as Fischer, Korchnoi and Kasparov..
Feb-21-03  Spitecheck: Larsen's innovative and sometimes interesting chess style borders on being mediocre occasionally when faced with talent that doesn't allow inactivity/passivity to go unpunished.
Oct-17-05  Everett: Karpov plays solid, but if you play stupid, he'll crush you. Not a matter of choice, it's a matter of position.

Case in point.

May-12-08  sfairat: Well, I think in this game white resigned to early. The bishop and the queen give white chance to counterattack.
Jun-28-08  Everett: <sfairat>

After 24.Rxe1 (24.Bf1 Qxf4 25.gxf4 Rxc1)..Qxe1+ 25.Bf1 Ba6 26.Kg2 Bxf1+ 27.Kf3 Qe2#

Not much counterplay there.

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  perfidious: <kostich in time: Karpov was often faulted for playing "dull" systems with black...>

Stylistic considerations aside, it's useful to have a solid system in reserve in lieu of sharper lines, especially nowadays-it's too easy for even a player of my strength to get on ChessBase, review an opponent's predilections and prepare. There are fewer players than ever who adopt the Taimanov/A Sokolov approach of specialising in one line vs their opponents' openings and learning it back to front.

While 9....c5 was supplanted by 9....f5, most notably by Korchnoi, 5....Be7 eventually also went into the shades, being replaced by 4....Ba6. In my opinion, this was partly due to the gambit line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.d5 exd5 8.Nh4, as well the fact that in the main line (after 7.Nc3 Ne4), White can take most of the life out of things with 8.Nxe4 Bxe4 9.Ne1.

Jun-22-14  Honey Blend: Nice puzzle, though not as flamboyant and a little more subtle than the usual PoTD. After <21. ♘d4>:

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<21. ... ♗xd4 22. ♗xd4 ♕d2!> forks the ♖ and ♗. 23. ♖c4 is bad, and 23. ♗e3? is met by 23. .. ♖xe3! The only good way to defend both pieces is <23. ♕f4> and now:

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<23. ... ♖e1+> wins, because 24. ♖xe1 ♕xe1+ 25. ♗f1 ♗a6 earns at least a piece after 26. h4 ♕xf1+ 27. ♔h2 ♕c4 . Great play by Karpov!

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  Tabanus: Picture from this game:
May-23-20  Whitehat1963: Player of the Day plays Opening of the Day and destroys Larsen.

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