Chess King Mid-Week Special: Karpov-Spassky 1-0

When two chess masters meet, sparks fly. Here is an interesting and very strong game between Anatoly Karpov and Boris Spassky – both world chess champions and both a huge value addition to the history of modern chess. Karpov is also known to be an extremely patient chess player. He picks up a strategic mistake by Spassky, keeps the pawn on d5 instead of exchanging it with e6 so as to keep the center clamped shut and goes into a won endgame. A great game that is bound to be replayed again and again. (Spassky had been playing the King’s Indian much less and almost abandoned it later.)

Karpov Anatoly (RUS) (2700) – Spassky Boris V (FRA) (2650)

Result: 1-0
Site: Leningrad (Russia)
Date: 1974

[…] 1.d4 ¤f6 2.c4 g6 3.¤c3 ¥g7 4.e4 d6 5.¤f3 O-O 6.¥e2 c5 7.O-O ¥g4 8.d5 ¤bd7 9.¥g5 a6 10.a4 £c7 11.£d2 ¦ae8 12.h3 ¥xf3 13.¥xf3 e6 14.b3 ¢h8 15.¥e3 ¤g8 16.¥e2 e5 17.g4 £d8 18.¢g2 £h4 19.f3 ¥h6 20.g5 ¥g7 21.¥f2 £f4 22.¥e3 £h4 23.£e1 £xe1 24.¦fxe1 h6 25.h4 hxg5 26.hxg5 ¤e7 27.a5 f6 28.¦eb1 fxg5 29.b4 ¤f5 30.¥xg5 ¤d4 31.bxc5 ¤xc5 32.¦b6 ¥f6 33.¦h1+ ¢g7 34.¥h6+ ¢g8 35.¥xf8 ¦xf8 36.¦xd6 ¢g7 37.¥d1 ¥e7 38.¦b6 ¥d8 39.¦b1 ¦f7 40.¤a4 ¤d3 41.¤b6 g5 42.¤c8 ¤c5 43.¤d6 ¦d7 44.¤f5+ ¤xf5 45.exf5 e4 46.fxe4 ¤xe4 47.¥a4 ¦e7 48.¦be1 ¤c5 49.¦xe7+ ¥xe7 50.¥c2 ¥d8 51.¦a1 ¢f6 52.d6 ¤d7 53.¦b1 ¢e5 54.¦d1 ¢f4 55.¦e1

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