Kindred’s Special: Karpov Shines at Prague in 2002

Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov’s games sizzle with clarity of purpose and accuracy in the following game where the (then) fifty year old found the Spring weather inviting and inspired him to add another tournament to his resume of topping the charts in this speedy contest.

White:    Anatoly Karpov    vs.  Black:  Nigel Short   Opening:  Nimzo-Indian Defense

  1. d4  Nf6  2. c4  e6  3. Nc3  Bb4  4. Qc2  d5  5. c:d5  e:d5  6. Bg5  h6  7. Bh4  c5  8. d:c5  g5  9. Bg3  Ne4  10. e3  Qa5  11. Nge2  Bf5  12. Be5!  N:c3 13. Q:f5  Ne4

It rarely is a good idea to create too many exchanges.  On 13. … N:e2  14. K:e2  O-O  15. h4! Gaining space and square count. For the same reason come next…

14. Nc3!  O-O  15. Bd3  Nc6  16. O-O

White might also have considered 16. B:e4  d:e4  17. Bf6 but castles leads to a brutal end. Black simply misses the point and makes what appears a reasonable counter-play for his Rook into the central file.

16. … Rfe8  17. N:e4 d:e4  18. B:e4  R:e5  19. Qh7+  Kf8  20. Qh6+ Resigns.

After 20… Ke7 21. Qd6+ Ke8  22. Bc6+.

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