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Qi Jingxuan vs Anatoly Karpov
FRG-ch International (1983), Hannover FRG, rd 13, Aug-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  0-1



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Nov-03-03  Open Defence: Hey this is a game of Karpov playing the poisoned pawn variation of the Sicillian Najdorf, any idea as to the strength of his oponnent? Was this in blitz?
Nov-03-03  Diggitydawg: <Open Defence> The World champ in '83 was playing an IM at the time. You can always click on Qi's name above. Or you can do a player search on Or you can look historically at a person's elo at

Since this was in '83, in Germany, I would guess this was a classical tournament. And in this case, I don't think Karpov was too worried about the opening he played :-)

BTW, I agree with Benjamin, that's a nice Karpov collection you've put together :-)

Nov-03-03  Open Defence: <diggitydawg> thanks, I have put together some other collections like Behind the iron curtain about the USSR Championships, Sicillian 2.f4,Leonid Stein and The Poisoned Pawn to which this game belongs, it is interesting that Karpov played the poison pawn here even though it is against an IM and he was champ at the time, I think it shows that Karpov was not dogmatic about the openings he played
Apr-15-04  WMD: The occasion was the West German Open Championship, a Category 9 tournament held in August 1983. Karpov won the event but only after recovering from a sensational first round loss to a practically unknown German player, Wolfram Hartmann: Karpov vs W Hartmann, 1983.
Aug-21-06  alphastrike20: Karpov could have been a tactical genius
Sep-22-06  positionalgenius: Karpov plays the Najdorf,a rare thing.
Jun-04-08  Marmot PFL: Such abuse that poor white horse had to take.
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  offramp: Odd to see Karpov play a poisoned pawn.

The black queen's job in this variation is to spread alarm, despondency, confusion and delay among the white forces by a) taking the b2 pawn and giving white the headache of being behind on material b) wandering around the queenside drawing the white pieces out of position c) stopping 0-0 by attacking g1 with ...Qc5/b6 (not on this game).

Karpov plays the opening pretty well considering he played it very rarely (I'm assuming he played a few blitz games with his trainer).

Nov-04-13  Howard: Regarding Offramp's comment, Kavalek mentioned in a 1994 article in Inside Chess that this 1983 game was the only time (so far) that Karpov had played the Poisoned Pawn.
Nov-05-13  RedShield: Karpov evidently wanted to show off the novelty 15...Ne7, and if it was an improvement over Fischer (Spassky vs Fischer, 1972), so much the better. It wouldn't suprise me if there was an agreement with Qi to play down this line.
Nov-18-19  kostich in time: It is indeed hilarious to see Karpov playing one of Fischer favorite lines-and improving on Bobby.
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  perfidious: Never saw this game till now--the only other in which I have seen Karpov involved in this 6.Bg5 morass was ten years before, as White, and he beat Quinteros like a borrowed mule.
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