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Anatoly Karpov vs John Nunn
Interpolis 6th (1982), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Oct-07
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Parma Defense (B08)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: After 14. a3 Nb6, Black seems to be developing good counterplay, but 15. b3! snuffs it out: 15...Qxa3 16. Nxb5 and 17. Ra1. Nunn then plays 15....Nfd7 to set up ...ed and ...Qxa3, so Karpov defends the a-pawn and keeps Black's counterplay under wraps.

Maybe Nunn should have tried 18...a6 19. a4 b4. After 19. Bf1, 19...b4 is met by 20. Nb5. So Nunn plays 19...c4, but 20. a4! cb 21. Nxb5 Qxd2 22. Rxd2 Rxc2 23. Rxc2 bc 24. a5! Nc8 25. Rc1 leaves him with a hopeless position.

Without doing anything the least bit flashy, Karpov beats a strong GM in 31 moves. A really impressive game.

Jun-07-20  paradoxicalenigma: A very instructive game for the use of the Bishop Pair. The two monster bishops settle down in their positions by move 19 and continue influencing the queen side for the rest of the game, as soon as Karpov makes the position more open on the queen side, their value becomes crystal clear. The positional importance of the pair here is really visible in this game!
Jun-07-20  SChesshevsky: <paradoxicalenigma: A very instructive game for the use of the Bishop Pair. >

True. I was going to make a collection of games with strong B - pairs but then lost the list. Did not know this one but I remember:

Ding Liren vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2019

and of course

Fischer vs Larsen, 1971

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