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February 22, 2012
Karpov puts on an absolute clinic in this game, demonstrating the power of prophylaxis and deep positional maneuvering in the Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Game). Unzicker opts for the Chigorin Defense, although with the awkward knight retreat 13. …Nd8?! black’s pieces become very difficult to coordinate. Karpov methodically fixes the queenside with 14. a4 and 16. b4! – depriving black of any counterplay on that side of the board and allowing white to consolidate his position before [...]