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John Nunn vs Anatoly Karpov
Rotterdam World Cup (1989), Rotterdam NED, rd 17, Jun-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0



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Feb-08-09  Jim Bartle: Did Karpov put up a stubborn defense, or was he just too stubborn not to resign earlier?
Feb-08-09  parisattack: I think this was Karpov's first (of two?) losses to Nunn. He was probably in shock, couldn't believe it was happening!
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  Check It Out: That was nice endgame technique by Nunn.
Feb-08-09  parisattack: <Check It Out: That was nice endgame technique by Nunn.>

Nunn has written some of the best Endgame books available...

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  wordfunph: In "John Nunn's Best Games", GM Nunn did not include this win against Karpov at Rotterdam 1989 because Karpov committed a serious error in time-trouble.
Apr-25-11  BarcelonaFirenze: I think it was the third defeat in a row by Karpov in the 1989 Rotterdam tournament. He was doing great (people were saying that he was going to beat Bobby Fischer's elo rating -unbeaten at that time) when he lost to (I think) Ljubojevic, Salov and finally Nunn in the last three rounds.
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  perfidious: <BarcelonaFirenze: I think it was the third defeat in a row by Karpov in the 1989 Rotterdam tournament.

He was doing great....when he lost to (I think) Ljubojevic, Salov and finally Nunn in the last three rounds.>

In a normal event, Karpov would likely have won with ease, as he was leading comfortably (9.5/12), but he needed to win with a large plus score to overtake Kasparov for victory in the overall World Cup standings.

His loss to Ljubojevic came after a blunder in a much better position.

Apr-25-11  Maatalkko: So frustrating to be Karpov in the late 80's. I wasn't aware of that story, but it was hardly the only time he was about to overtake Kasparov and fumbled. Seville '87 of course being one.

Reminds me of some pool I played at the pub on Friday. I was winning by about five balls to one and fumbled it twice in a row. The second game was psychologically tougher than the first because by then I had a mental block around finishing the game.

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  perfidious: There was a complex mathematical scoring system in place for the World Cup, which Nunn created, counting most games, excluding those in each of the six events against the 'local' player (who, in the Rotterdam event, was v d Wiel).

The overall tournament situation was hard to judge because one player withdrew before the drawing of lots and another withdrew after playing one game only, so that result was cancelled.

Jan-02-18  Howard: Yes, there were some irregularities in the scoring of the World Cup.

In fact, going into the sixth and final tournament, in Sweden, Short actually had had four extra Black's in the the first three events that he'd taken part in.

So, in the Swedish tournament, the organizers conveniently allowed him to have an extra White, so as to balance things out a bit.

In the scoring, incidentally, each of the 25 participants could play in four tournaments, with the best three results counting.

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