Anatoly Karpov

Fischer never defended his title, which passed to the winner of the Candidates' matches, Anatoly Karpov, in 1975.

Karpov was a worthy Champion, though, and his quiet, deft chess dominated the world of chess for a decade.

Here are two games where he strangled strong opponents.

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[Event "weak pawns IQP: avoid exchange"]
[Site "weak pawns IQP: avoid exchang"]
[Date "1981.??.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Kortschnoj, Viktor Lvovich"]
[Black "Karpov, Anatoly"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D53"]
[WhiteElo "2695"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[Annotator "Wch30-Merano"]
[PlyCount "86"]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. Rc1 dxc4 8. e3
c5 9. Bxc4 cxd4 10. exd4 $5 {[#]  Playing for the win.} Nc6 11. O-O Nh5 12.
Bxe7 Nxe7 13. Bb3 (13. Ne5) 13... Nf6 14. Ne5 Bd7 15. Qe2 Rc8 {[#]} 16. Ne4 $2
{The wrong plan, with no real justification. Keep the pieces on!} Nxe4 17. Qxe4
Bc6 18. Nxc6 Rxc6 19. Rc3 $6 (19. Rxc6 Nxc6 20. d5 {exchanges the IQP leaving
nothing much left to play for.}) 19... Qd6 20. g3 $6 Rd8 21. Rd1 Rb6 22. Qe1
Qd7 23. Rcd3 Rd6 24. Qe4 Qc6 25. Qf4 Nd5 {[#]} 26. Qd2 Qb6 27. Bxd5 $2 {The
Bishop was a compensating plus.} (27. a3 Ne7 28. Qf4 Nf5 29. d5 Ne7 30. Qe3 {
e.g.} Qxe3 31. fxe3 exd5 (31... Nxd5 32. e4) 32. e4 d4 33. e5 Rb6 (33... R6d7
34. e6) 34. Rf1) 27... Rxd5 28. Rb3 Qc6 29. Qc3 Qd7 {[#]} 30. f4 {looks
impetuous, but ...e5 was threatened} b6 31. Rb4 b5 32. a4 bxa4 33. Qa3 a5 34.
Rxa4 Qb5 35. Rd2 e5 36. fxe5 Rxe5 37. Qa1 Qe8 38. dxe5 Rxd2 39. Rxa5 {[#] 
White has allowed a monster Rook on the seventh} Qc6 40. Ra8+ Kh7 41. Qb1+ g6
42. Qf1 Qc5+ (42... Qxa8 43. Qxf7+ Kh8 44. Qf6+ Kg8 45. Qxg6+ Kh8) 43. Kh1 Qd5+
0-1

[Event "Candidates qf1"]
[Site "Seattle"]
[Date "1989.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Karpov, Anatoly"]
[Black "Hjartarson, Johann"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A29"]
[WhiteElo "2750"]
[BlackElo "2615"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "1989.01.??"]
[EventType "match"]
[EventRounds "5"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.07.01"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nb6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8.
a3 Be6 9. b4 O-O 10. Rb1 f6 11. d3 Qd7 12. Ne4 Nd5 13. Qc2 b6 14. Bb2 Rac8 15.
Rbc1 Nd4 16. Bxd4 exd4 {White goes for a surprising Exchange sacrifice.  
Karpov has seen that the black Rooks will not be able to show their strength.
Such deep judgements were also a feature of Petrosian's play.} 
17. Qc6 Qxc6 18. Rxc6 Bd7 19. Nxd4 Bxc6 20. Nxc6 Rce8
21. Rc1 f5 22. Nd2 Nf6 23. Nxa7 Bd6 24. e3 c5 25. Nc4 Bb8 26. Nc6 b5 27. N4a5
cxb4 28. axb4 Nd7 29. d4 g5 30. Nxb8 Rxb8 31. Rc7 Nf6 32. Nc6 Rb6 33. Ne7+ Kh8
34. Nxf5 Ra6 35. Rc1 Ra2 36. h3 Rb2 37. e4 Rxb4 38. g4 h5 39. e5 hxg4 40. exf6
gxh3 41. Bxh3 Rxf6 42. Rc8+ Kh7 43. Rc7+ Kg6 44. Rg7+ Kh5 45. f3 1-0


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