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Anatoly Karpov vs Oleg M Romanishin
Biel SKA (1996), Biel SUI, rd 11, Aug-03
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian. Hedgehog Variation (E17)  ·  1-0

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Apr-11-04  rndapology: The queen is trapped, apparently Rb3 was moved with this particular outcome in mind...excellent play by Karpov, squirrely play by Romanishin
Apr-28-11  Everett: Karpov is always playing to restrict pieces. Remarkable that he takes this strategy and wins with it so many times.

Karpov's games usually have two storylines:
1) Karpov sacrifices the initiative to ensure positional harmony, eventually rebuffs the initiative or outright attack, and then pounces on the holes his opponent left in his position.

2) Karpov's opponent does not take risks and tries to resist Karpov's steady pressure but eventually gets squeezed to death, either by crumbling under the pressure and blundering or being ground down in the endgame.

This is option number 1

Apr-28-11  shalgo: Rb3 is a great move!

Still, 29...Bb5! would have avoided the worst for Black. Even 31...Rxb3 would have been better than the game continuation, even though after 32.Qxb3 Qxg5 33.Qb8 Qe7 34.Qc8 Black is completely tied up.

Mar-21-21  Gaito: White was already better after 11.d5!, but after 18.Nb5! White was already much better. That means that between moves 10 and 17 Romanishin must have made a few "little mistakes", the sort of mistakes that Karpov always takes advantage of. Releasing the central tension by 11...e5?! must have been one of those tiny inaccuracies or "little mistakes", as Karpov likes to say. Perhaps 11...Qe7 or 11...dxe5 would have been more accurate. 12...Nh5 was maybe another tiny inaccuracy (LcZero likes 12...Bc8, and so does SF13). Further, 13...Ndf6? seems like a pointless move (the engine suggests that Black take back the knight from h5 to f6). Those very tiny inaccuracies are the sort of "little mistakes" that a grandmaster should never make against a World Champion or a former World Champion.
Mar-21-21  Gaito: Black's queen on h3 looked very threatening at a cursory glance, but in fact it was offside doing nothing, and proved to be a very useless piece on that square. Karpov knew that Black was unable to bring more pieces to cooperate with the queen on that imaginary attack against White's king who never was in danger. It was very curious that the price paid by Black's queen for his unfortunate placement was that she was eventually captured after 32.h4 (threatening 33.g4). An appropriate fate for the black queen. Moral of the game: Never mess with Karpov!
Mar-21-21
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  HeMateMe: Option no. 3: Players of Kasparovian ilk can use the offered initiative to bludgeon anyone on the planet, even an Anatoly Karpov.

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