Anatoly Karpov Strangles young Judit Polgar – Linares (1994)

#agadmator The 12th Annual Linares Super Tournament held from February 23rd to March 14th, 1994 was the first Category XVIII event ever held. Fourteen of the world’s best players, including both World Champions, competed in a round robin format. The participants were (in order of Elo): Garry Kasparov (2805), Anatoli Karpov (2740), Alexey Shirov (2715), Vishwanathan Anand (2715), Vladimir Kramnik (2710), Vassily Ivanchuk (2710), Gata Kamsky (2695), Boris Gelfand (2685), Evgeny Bareev (2685), Alexander Beliavsky (2650), Veselin Topalov (2640), Judit Polgar (2630), Joel Lautier (2625), and Miguel Illescas-Cordoba (2590). When asked about the strength of the tournament, Kasparov famously stated that the winner could consider himself the world champion of tournament chess. Ironically, it was to be Karpov, his longtime rival, who would be the man of destiny, culminating in the greatest single tournament performance of all time! Karpov won the whole ball of wax, undefeated with an astonishing 11/13!!

Anatoly Karpov vs Judit Polgar
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 6, Mar-??
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)

1. e4 c5 2. c3 e6 3. d4 d5 4. ed5 ed5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bb5 c4 7. Ne5 Qb6 8. Bc6 bc6 9. O-O Bd6 10. b3 cb3 11. ab3 Ne7 12. Ba3 Be5 13. de5 Be6 14. Qd4 Nf5 15. Qc5 h5 16. Nd2 f6 17. ef6 gf6 18. Bb4 Kf7 19. Ra4 Qc5 20. Bc5 a6 21. f3 h4 22. Rfa1 Bc8 23. Kf2 Rb8 24. b4 Re8 25. Nb3 Bb7 26. Na5 Ba8 27. R4a2 Re6 28. Ba7 Rb5 29. Nb3 Bb7 30. g4 hg3 31. hg3 Re8 32. g4 Nd6 33. Nd4

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