Anatoly Karpov slays Korchnoi’s Sicilian Dragon

In 1974, Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi met in the candidates match final. The winner of this match would become challenger for the next world chess championship. However, the match winner of Karpov and Korchnoi would in effect become World Champion since Robert James Fischer did not defend his World Champion title the next year. The featured game is from round 2 where Korchnoi employed the very sharp and heavily theorized Sicilian Defense, Dragon variation. Anatoly Karpov, whose style is primarily described as strategic, showcases his dynamic prowess with the Yugoslav Attack variation. Karpov’s 16th move is just one of the many instructive moments from this dynamic game. This is one of Anatoly Karpov’s best chess games, and overall it acts as a wonderful model game for enthusiasts of the Sicilian Defense Dragon variation, whether playing as white or black.

PGN:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. h4 Rc8 11. Bb3 Ne5 12. O-O-O Nc4 13. Bc4 Rc4 14. h5 Nh5 15. g4 Nf6 16. Nde2 Qa5 17. Bh6 Bh6 18. Qh6 Rfc8 19. Rd3 R4c5 20. g5 Rg5 21. Rd5 Rd5 22. Nd5 Re8 23. Nef4 Bc6 24. e5 Bd5 25. ef6 ef6 26. Qh7 Kf8 27. Qh8

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