Grandmaster Karpov vs. GM Topalov (1994) Linares Chess Tournament

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This video presents a game between Anatoly Karpov (Russia) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) from the chess super-tournament – Linares, 1994. This video is hands down one of my favorite games from what had to be one of the most famous chess tournaments of the 1990s. The 1994 Linares tournament had an average ELO rating close to 2700, which at the time was the highest ever.

Former World Champion Karpov played one of the strongest tournaments in the history of chess, with a performance rating at over 2900! Karpov dominated the round-robin with a score of 11/13 against a field containing the other 13 best players in the world at the time (none other than Kasparov, Shirov, and Kamsky to name a few). Karpov is renowned for his exemplary and patient positional style. However in this game he sacrificed no less than 2 exchanges to win in forcing fashion with 7 consecutive checks at the end of the game. Although this chess game is a bit older, I wanted to present this game in respect to the tradition of the super-tournament – Linares, which I recently found out has been officially cancelled for the year 2011. Supposedly the tournament will be held in 2012; however doubts about adequate sponsorship remain. I hope you enjoy this video, which shows a crushing, sacrificial attack by one of the best chess players ever, Anatoly Karpov.


[Event “04, Linares Ftacnik”]
[Site “04, Linares Ftacnik”]
[Date “1994.??.??”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “?”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoli Karpov”]
[Black “Veselin Topalov”]
[ECO “A32”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “77”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e6 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Bc5
7. Nb3 Be7 8. Nc3 O-O 9. O-O d6 10. Bf4 Nh5 11. e3 Nxf4
12. exf4 Bd7 13. Qd2 Qb8 14. Rfe1 g6 15. h4 a6 16. h5 b5
17. hxg6 hxg6 18. Nc5 dxc5 19. Qxd7 Rc8 20. Rxe6 Ra7 21. Rxg6+
fxg6 22. Qe6+ Kg7 23. Bxc6 Rd8 24. cxb5 Bf6 25. Ne4 Bd4
26. bxa6 Qb6 27. Rd1 Qxa6 28. Rxd4 Rxd4 29. Qf6+ Kg8 30. Qxg6+
Kf8 31. Qe8+ Kg7 32. Qe5+ Kg8 33. Nf6+ Kf7 34. Be8+ Kf8
35. Qxc5+ Qd6 36. Qxa7 Qxf6 37. Bh5 Rd2 38. b3 Rb2 39. Kg2 1-0

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