French Defense: Fort Knox Variation – Karpov vs. Stojanovic

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This is a game from 2007 between the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov and International Master Mihajlo Stojanovic. Black employs the Fort Knox variation of the French Defense, but then opts for the atypical move b6. See how Karpov pounces on this idea immediately and leaves no hope for his opponent.

Opening: French Defense – Fort Knox

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bd7 5. Nf3 Bc6 6. Bd3
Nd7 7. O-O Ngf6 8. Ng3 Be7 9. Re1 O-O 10. Qe2 b6 11. Ba6 Rb8
12. c4 Bb7 13. Bxb7 Rxb7 14. Ne5 Qc8 15. Nc6 Re8 16. Bg5 Bf8
17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Nh5 Nd7 19. Qg4 Kh8 20. Re3 Nb8 21. Rg3 f5
22. Qh4 Nxc6 23. Nf6 h6 24. Qxh6+ gxh6 25. Rg8# 1-0

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