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Anatoly Karpov vs Boris Gelfand
8th Amber Tournament (1999), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Mar-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-11  James Bowman: This is one of those games where Karpov resembles a python constricting a bit tighter with every exhale. This style defines Karpov in many ways or at least what this was always was remarkable about his play to me.
Mar-13-11  fab4: A snap of the game after Karpov's 32 Ra1 shows that actually Black is at least equal... maybe 32.. Qd3 was a mistake.

Karpov just sat back. Played sensible moves without any ambition.

36... Rb8 looks a mistake. Maybe 36.. f6 instead ?

In this game Karpov was a similar age to Fischer in his come back in '92.. only Fischer had been away for 20 years ! I don't see a big difference .

Mar-13-11  joupajou: Well spotted, fab4. Instead of 32...Qd3 black could have tried 32...Nc3 forcing white to exchange his bishop for knight.

Here's one possible line.
33. Bxc3 bxc3 34. Qc2 Rxd1 35. Rxd1 Qxa5

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Quite an open field, which looks better for black.

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