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Anatoly Karpov and A Team Championship.

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I consider Karpov as , perhaps , the best ever chessplayer in the history of Chess. It is not only his personal record but also all his contributions to our royal game.

My hero’s  last feat has been his victory in the Cap d’Adge KO event which took place between October 26th and November 3rd. Karpov’s victory is his 171st first place in tournament play. No other chessplayer has achieved the same if my memory serves me right.

Many things could be written about him and his approach to Chess, but my advice is to get one of the many collection of games played by him and study them. And if you wish to understand how he sees Chess, there is a book written by him and Matzukievich (the original German edition has the title of  “Stellungsbeurteilung und Plan”. In Spanish it was translated as “The Strategy in Chess” = “La Estrategia en el Ajedrez”). In this book the authors deal with the matter of how to assess positions and design plans.

In my opinion, Karpov’s career can be divided into three (other people may prefer four) periods : from 1966 to 1975. From 1975 to 1986 and from 1986  up till today. If the reader think otherwise, it may be absolutely correct too.

I have tried to collect everything about Karpov and the result is an enormous amount of paper in the shape of books, thousands of newspaper cuttings, hundreds of Chess magazine pages and now , Internet archives. I have written many articles for Chess magazines, bulletins, etc. , and I have filled notebooks with lots of analysis : about his games and his style. I did this first because I began to do it at an early age. And then because I was fed up with so many biassed interpretations, mistakes in analysis and stupid commonplaces written to fill up space. So, in Chess, apart from books by certain exceptional authors, try also to get the originals by the very player involved.

Karpov has written a lot of Chess books  and has analysed many of his games in them.  To me, the best ones are those which appeared in the late 70’s of the past century, analysing games from the first part of his career. But this is a matter of taste.

W.: Ivanchuk (0)

B.: Karpov (1)

Trophee Karpov KO. Cap d’Adge 2012

1. Nf3 , Nf6 2. g3, d5 3. Bg2, c6  4. c4, g6 5. b3, Bg7 6. Bb2 0-0 7. d3, Bg4  8. Nbd2, Nbd7  9. 0-0 , Re8  10. h3, Bxf3  11. Nxf3, e5  12. e3, Qa5  13. cd5, cd5  14. Qd2, Qxd2  15. Nxd2, e4  16. de4, Nxe4  17. Nxe4, de4  18. Rad1, Nc5  19. Ba3, Rac8  20. Rc1, b6  21. Rc4, f5  22. Rfc1,a5  23. Bxc5, bc5  24. Rxc5, Rxc5  25. Rxc5, Re5  26. Rc7, Bf8  27. Ra7, Be7  28. Bf1, Kg7  29. Bc4, Kf6  30. h4, h5  31. Kf1, Kg7  32. Ra6, g5  33. hg5, Bxg5  34. a4, h4  35. Bb5, hg3  36. Rxa5 , gf2  37. Kxf2 , Rd5  38. Ke2, f4  39. Ra7, Kf6  40. ef4, Bxf4  41. Bd7, Bd6  42. a5. Ke5  and White resigned.

The following game is a masterpiece: it deserves close study.

W.: Karpov (1)

B.: Klovans (0)

Daugavpils 1971

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bb5  a6  4. Bxc6 dc6  5. 0-0  f6  6. d4  ed4  7. Nxd4  Ne7   8. Be3  Ng6  9. Nd2  Bd6  10. c3  0-0  11. Qb3  Kh8  12. N5  Bxf5  13.  ef5  Nh4  14. Qxb7  Qd7  15.   Qb3  Nxf5  16. Nc4  Rfe8  17. Rad1  Rab8  18. Qc2  Rb5  19. Rfe1  Nxe3  20. Nxe3  Rbe5  21. g3  Qe6  22. b3  Kg8  23. Ng2  Re2  24. Rxe2  Qxe2  25. Rd2  Qf3  26. Kf1  re5  27. Qd3  Qxd3  28. Rxd3  Kf7  29. Ne3  Ke6  30 Nc4  Rh5  31. h4  Bc5  32. Nb2  Rf5  33. Rd2  h5  34. Nd3  Bd6  35. Re2  Kd7  36. Re3  g5  37. c4  c5  38. Kg2  c6  39. f3  gh4  40. gh4  Bf4  41, re4  Bd6  42. f4 and Black resigned.

On the other hand,  the following game is from the Spanish Team Championship ( León , Spain November 2012) , with a wealth of GMs like:  Ponomariov, van Weli, Edouard, Anish Giri, P. Harikrishna, Cheparinov, M. Marin, Hamdouchi, Bauer, Sargissian, Ganguly, Kovalyov, Alina L’Ami, etc. ,their Spanish GM fellow companions  and several IMs too. The winner was Sestao Chess Team, a team from the Basque Country in northern Spain.

I liked the play of the Indian GMs and have chosen the following game between Anish Giri and his fellow countryman  S. Ganguly: Play through it to see the curious and instructive Rook endgame. When perhaps many people would agree to a draw, Giri keeps on playing and…

W.: S. Ganguly  (2610) (0)

B.: Anish Giri  (2730) (1)

Spanish Team Championship 2012.

1. d4, Nf6 2. c4  g6  3. Nc3  d5  4. cd5  Nxd5  5. e4  Nxc3  6. bc3  Bg7  7. Bc4  c5  8. Ne2  Nc6  9. Be3  0-0  10. 0-0  b6  11. dc5  Qc7  12. Nd4  Ne5  13. Nb5  Qb8  14. Be2  bc5  15. Rb1  a6  16. Nd4  Qc7  17. Nb3  Rd8  18. Qc2  c4  19. Nc5  Nd3  20. Nxd3  cd3  21. Bxd3  Qxc3 22. Qxc3  Bxc3  23. Bc4  Bd7  24. Rfc1  Bf6  25. Kf1  Bb5  26. Be2  Bd4  27. Bxd4  Rxd4  28. Bxb5  ab5  29. Rc2  Rxe4  30. Rxb5  Ra7  31. g3  Rea4 32. Rbb2  g5  33. Kg2  Kg7  34. Re2  f6  3. Re6  Kf7  36. Rbe2  h5  37. h3  h4  38. g4  Ra3  39. Kh2  R7a6  40. Rxa6 Rxa6  41.Kg2  Ra3  42. Rb2  e5  43. Rb7  Ke6  44. Rb6  Kf7  45. Rb7  Kg6  46. Rb2  Ra6  47. Re2  Kf7  48. Rd2  Ke6  49. Rb2  Kd5  50. Rd2  Ke4  51, Rb2  Ra4  52. Re2  Kd5  53. Rd2  Ke6  54. Rb2  Ra6  55. Rd2  f5  56. gf5  Kxf5  57. f3  Ra3  58. Re2  Ke6  59. Rd2  Kf6  60. Rb2  Ke7  61. Rd2  Ke6  62. Kf2  e4  63. fe4  Rxh3  64. Rd5  Kf6  65. a4  Ra3  66. e5  Ke6  67. Rd4  Kxe5  68. Rb4  Kf5  69. Rc4  Kg6  70. Kg2  Kh5  , and White resigned.

QuestChess.

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Written by QChess

November 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

Posted in CHESS, Chess games, Karpov, Personal opinion

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