Karpov’s Best Games – Slav Defense with King’s Indian Structure – Karpov vs. Kamsky (Vol 1)

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Karpov opens with his customary 1. d4 and Kamsky responds with one of his preferred opening systems as well – a hybrid Slav Defense and King’s Indian structure with black pawns on c6 and d5 and a kingside fianchetto. This game was played nearly 20 years ago and Kamsky continues to employ this opening system with success at a high level (often throwing in an early …a6 with something along the lines of the Chameleon Variation). Karpov continues actively with 8. Ne5, and this is very instructive to jam the knight in early before castling because this enables white to back it up with an immediate f4 if necessary. Kamsky directs his attention towards the queenside with 9. …Nfd7, 10. …Nc6, and 11. …Nb6 while Karpov plays to establish a space advantage in the center and encourage prospects of a future kingside attack with 10. f4, 13. e4, and 15. e5. Kamsky does achieve strong counterplay on the queenside however he is simply unable to break through Karpov’s excellent defense of key entry points on the c-file. After a lengthy build-up on the kingside, Karpov senses the critical moment and rapidly switches his attention to the queenside – forcing Kamsky to sacrifice a piece to regroup with 43. …Nxe5. Karpov capitalizes on his extra material and accurately finishes the game with a very clean checkmate.

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[Event “It (Alekhin’s Memorial, cat.18)”]
[Site “Moskva”]
[Date “1992”]
[Round “6”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoli Karpov”]
[Black “Gata Kamsky”]
[ECO “E60”]
[PlyCount “107”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 d5 6. cxd5 cxd5
7. Nc3 O-O 8. Ne5 e6 9. O-O Nfd7 10. f4 Nc6 11. Be3 Nb6
12. Bf2 Bd7 13. e4 Ne7 14. Nxd7 Qxd7 15. e5 Rac8 16. Rc1 a6
17. b3 Rc7 18. Qd2 Rfc8 19. g4 Bf8 20. Qe3 Nc6 21. f5 Ba3
22. Rcd1 Nb4 23. Qh6 Qe8 24. Nb1 Bb2 25. Qd2 Nc2 26. Kh1 Qe7
27. Bg1 Nd7 28. Rf3 Qb4 29. Qh6 Qf8 30. Qg5 Qg7 31. Qd2 b6
32. Rdf1 a5 33. h4 Nb4 34. a3 Rc2 35. Qf4 Nc6 36. Bh3 Nd8
37. Be3 b5 38. R3f2 b4 39. axb4 axb4 40. Rxc2 Rxc2 41. Rf2
Rxf2 42. Qxf2 Ba3 43. Qc2 Nxe5 44. dxe5 Qxe5 45. Qc8 Qe4+
46. Bg2 Qxb1+ 47. Kh2 Bb2 48. Qxd8+ Kg7 49. f6+ Bxf6 50. Bh6+
Kxh6 51. Qxf6 Qc2 52. g5+ Kh5 53. Kg3 Qc7+ 54. Kh3 1-0

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