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Nigel Short vs Anatoly Karpov
Russia - The Rest of the World (2002) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Sep-11
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  0-1



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Apr-05-04  marcus13: A very thecnical and nice win by Karpov.
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  Bobsterman3000: Yes I agree. That advancement of the H-pawn is not advisable against Karpov, in my opinion. I can't think of a worse way to try and play against Karpov as white. This slow tactic gives Karpov way too much time to plan the uses of his defense resources, thus playing to his strengths as a player. He quickly turns his defense to attack (for instance, he snaps up 3 quick pawns between moves 32 and 36) and Short is out of position to change to the defensive side.

I've always heard it said that the best way to attack Karpov is with sudden, unexpected tactical blows and to avoid locking pawns, shifting pieces gradually or utilizing the more common lines of attack...

Oct-03-06  positionalgenius: A great game from Russia-rest of world 2002.Karpov snatches a victory from a seemingly drawn position.
Jul-11-15  DiscoJew: 33...♗d2!! And black calculates 20 moves deep or 40 ply to see the forced win with 53...h2 and wins. A testament to Karpov's ice cold endgame calculating abilities; an absolutely legendary talent he had, to be able to see so deeply. Anatoly needed to properly access that white would be slower on the queenside with his advancement of Queenside pawns, factor in that the white king would infiltrate and that black would need to sacrifice the bishop, in order to slow Nigel down just long enough so that blacks king would support the black pawns and defeat the bishops control of the kingside queening light squares. Really impressive calculating and discernment.

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