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Anatoly Karpov vs Jonathan Speelman
01, Paris Immopar 25' ;EXP 26 (1991) (rapid), Paris FRA, Nov-??
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Czech Defense (B08)  ·  1-0



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Feb-09-06  CowardlyKnight: I love how Karpov gets a position that seems to give him nothing and creates a deep plan that takes advantage of every minuscule and insignificant detail, all the while his opponents are clueless of what he's doing until it's too late.

It seems inevitable; he apparently does nothing special, the game just seems to be developing naturally, nothing is forced and everything looks even and quiet and his opponent is happy with the position. However, slowly and sometimes with a swift blow that seems to come from no where, Karpov shows that the position at the board is no incident but in reality his subtle creation, and his opponent's doom can only be postponed.

Apr-04-06  AlexandraThess: Great game by Karpov
May-29-06  alphastrike20: amazing play, i want to be just like karpov! the dude has mad skills!!!!!!!
Aug-13-06  Badyl: I think Karpov made a mistake at move 26.
26.Ne5xf7 seems obvious and leads to much easer win:

Qd6xd8 27.Nf7xd8 Bf5xd3 28.c2xd3 Nc8-d6 29.a4-a5

No idea why he didn`t play it.

Jan-02-07  syracrophy: Now if 38...♗c5 39.♘xc6+ and 40.a7 wins. And if 38...♔xd4 39.a7 the ♙ promotes
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  beatgiant: <Badyl>
<26.Ne5xf7 seems obvious and leads to much easer win>

What did you see on 26. Nxf7 Qe6 instead? For example, 26. Nxf7 Qe6 27. Ne5 Bxd3 28. cxd3 Ne7 29. Nf4 Qf6 30. g3 h5, etc. and it's not clear to me that this position is better than what Karpov got in the game.

Aug-26-08  ToTheDeath: Funny game.

18...Be6 is just equal, but after 18...Nf4? 19.Rxe8+ Bxe8 20. Qe1! Black is losing a pawn by force (20...Ne6 21.Bxg6).

Speelman looks to have been demoralized by this oversight and went down without a fight.

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