By Anatoly Karpov
Author's preface: "I have performed an important quantity of match and fit video games in the course of my lengthy chess profession, approximately 2,500 altogether. From these video games, i've got chosen basically 300 for this ebook, - the video games I reflect on my most sensible and so much instructive ones.
My objective used to be to symbolize my most useful artistic achievements of the thirty years that experience handed, from 1966 until eventually 1996. the choice was once subordinated to the subsequent 3 standards: powerful opponent, demanding struggle, and instructive worth. as a result this number of video games should be taken care of additionally as a latest chess guideline e-book, as the video games have been performed often within the most powerful occasions of the final thirty years.
Under this sort of strict choice strategy, many fascinating and instructive video games in addition to easily appealing fragments might have necessarily been lacking during this e-book, if the video games have been incorporated into it in simple terms solely. for this reason, the ultimate bankruptcy features a variety of my most sensible combos and finals that are crucial for reaching the abovementioned objective; with out them, this paintings might were incomplete.
I nonetheless play much and nonetheless in achieving event successes, so it'd be untimely to simply accept this booklet as my ultimate account. I truly wish to play a few sturdy video games in upcoming occasions and to elevate my very own account of match triumphs (I have over one hundred forty of them lately - greater than any participant in chess history). even if, such a lot of chessfriends had expressed their wish to have this booklet right away that i made a decision to arrange this type of an intermediate document on my 30 years in chess. enable examining this paintings deliver you excitement and enhance your figuring out of chess internal common sense, intensity and beauty."
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LJxe4 The Open Variation of the Span ish, one of the most popular open ings in both my matches with Korchnoi for the world chess crown. One could almost write a whole book about the games we played with this opening. In this encoun ter, for the first time in our theoreti cal dispute I managed to use an extremely valuable novelty in this variation. g4 1 2 . g6 has the same value. h5 14 g4! g6 (D) In opening manuals at the time this position was said to be totally in Black's favour. In fact, if you are referring to the rniddlegame, the open position of the white king is the basis for this assessment.
However, he does have an interest ing resource: a) Not 14 'ii'c 2? xb3 17 axb3 l:txa1 1 8 'ii'x a1 lbc2+. b5) 15 . . b5 1 6 'ii'd3 b4 17 e3 lbb3 is no use to White either. e5 is better for Black. d) 14 lbc3 ! lbd4 15 'ii'd3 ! c6 ( 1 5 . b5 looks promising, but here as well there is a satisfactory de fence 16 e3 ! xc6 ( 1 6 0-0 is bad due to 16 . lbb3 ! xd2 :xd2 with an advantage for Black) 1 6 . . bxc6 1 7 e3 ! - the point! 17 . . lbb3 (White has removed the important knight, without drop ping his the queen: 1 7 .
If Black managed to prevent this, things would not look at all bleak for him. It makes no Karpov - Spassky 31 w sense to move the rook from the f file ( 17 l:td2), as it is still unclear which file will be the centre of ac tivity. 'ii'c8 17 18 h3 (D) Of course, there was no point al lowing an exchange of knight for bishop ( 1 8 ... lLlg4). g4) 1 9 . . e2 l:td4 21 b3 (in order to establish the bishop on c4). g4 This severely weakens the posi tion of the black king. 'i'c7, escaping from the pin and connect ing the rooks along the back rank.