Karpov’s games are a pure representation of the positional game. His seemingly simple and seemingly harmless moves always hid elaborate game plans. His opponents said that when they realized what Karpov’s plan was, it was too late. Karpov dominated his opponent from a distance, through a series of maneuvers, often on the first / last line. Neil Mcdonald said about Karpov that he made small moves in his own half board and suddenly his opponent’s position collapsed. As a style of play, Kasparov was at the opposite pole, his style of play being similar to the way a tornado takes over an ocean region. With a fantastic dynamic sense, he managed to develop relentless attacks with extraordinary speed. Today’s article illustrates a victory for Karpov in the company of Kasparov. The simple moves with which Karpov manages to strangle his opponent is remarkable. I invite you to put yourself in Karpov’s shoes and try to find the best move in 13 important moments.
Bibliography: Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy by Neil McDonald.