Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Anatoly Karpov vs John Nunn
Phillips & Drew Kings (1982), London ENG, rd 10, Apr-26
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 8 times; par: 41 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 15 more Karpov/Nunn games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-07-05  aw1988: A very instructive game, showing clearly that black simply must break through in the center-- the entire idea of the variation- however, at this point it was in its' "infancy".
Feb-22-06  hayton3: I admire the way Karpov seizes space on the queenside, effectively distracting his opponent with a left jab only to squeeze him to death with a slow motion right hook on the kingside.

In order to effect this he uses the vice-like grip he maintains on the d5 square in conjunction with a particularly obtuse blockade of the d4 square to create the desired fulcrum to transfer the attack from the left to the right. It is this very control of key central squares that allows his pieces the mobility to elegantly switch the attack with such seamless ease. A beautiful demonstration in the art of principled positional play.

Feb-22-06  notyetagm: Yes, <hayton3>, this game is a magnificent positional display from Karpov.
Jan-01-07  Billy Ray Valentine: The final part of this game is hilarious... both 46. Kg4 and 48. Qg5 are almost surreal...
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Karpov made playing against the Lasker/Pelikan/Sveshnikov look ridiculously easy, and this against a strong GM with a thorough knowledge of the line with both colours.

46.Kg4 was a fine touch, underscoring Black's helplessness.

Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Maybe Karpov should have been nicknamed "the Python".
Feb-04-13  Eduardo Bermudez: Positional 1.e4 !!
Jul-28-15  SpiritedReposte: Karpov, like Capablanca, make it look so easy to beat grandmasters.
Premium Chessgames Member
  profK: Who was it that said that "The king is a fighting unit?"
Premium Chessgames Member
  NeverAgain: <aw1988: black simply must break through in the center-- the entire idea of the variation- however, at this point it was in its' "infancy".>

Yeah, Sveshnikov, Timoshenko and company had been only playing it for what, 15 years? And someone really should have told Henry Bird that he was not supposed to play this opening 100 years before its infancy: Sellman vs Bird, 1883

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Did not recall the comment by <aw1988> which is hilarious, really--by the time this game was played, the line had actually been heading towards the shades as it had practically been played till even its Black advocates were weary unto death of it. My recollection is of one Informator after another from the mid 1970s onwards featuring all sorts of games in the Lasker-Pelikan.
Apr-23-17  clement41: Nowadays they get to the Sveshnikov with Bg5 direclty, the move order Bf4 e5 Bg5 has almost become vintage. The 9...Be6 line instead of 9...b5! enables white to go Nc4 as Karpov showed, this is a standard pryiome. The, white got a formidable blockade on the Q-side and central light squares, and central control (despite ...f5 exf5 , !) that enabled him to shift play towards the K-side later on. Doing this to none other than Nunn is amazing!
Jan-30-19  carpovius: Billy Ray Valentine, absolutely surreal!
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Karpov Tournament Champion - I
by amadeus
Positional Killers
by Ismael1985
Anatoly Karpov's Best Games
by Psihadal
Sicilian Savage, ignoble, hairy, barely literate
by regi sidal
Anatoly Karpov's Best Games
by alip
Karpov Tournament Champion - I
by chessgain
Learn to play the endgame
by castillov
from Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by Incremental
Karpov applies absolute maximum pressure
from Lask, Lasker, Laskest by tonsillolith
from Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
ervindr's Favorit 2
by ervindr
Anatoly Karpov's Best Games
by sdbehrendt
Karpov's Strategic Wins, volume 1
by alip
John Nunn ( 34 - 1 - 1 ) London
from 2. Anatoly Karpov [68-12-1] by IsmaelElzara
Anatoly Karpov's Best Games
by KingG
from Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by webbing1947
Round 10
from Phillips & Drew Kings Chess Tournament 1982 by keypusher
Ato's favorite games
by Ato
8...Be6 9.Nc4 Rc8 10.Bxf6 Qxd6 11.Nb6 Rb8 12.Ncd5 Qd8 13.c3 Be7
from tpstar SS by tpstar
Karpov's Strategic Wins, volume 1
by howardb86
plus 8 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC