Pq Nkb Nkb Pk Pkn Pqn Bn Bn Bk Pb Nb Pq

N-K5 Q-Bl 9PxPNxP10NxN PxN 11 B-B4 Q-K3 12 R-Bl 12 Q-B2 P-B3 13 P-K4! ± - Bronstein. 12... B-Q3 13 N-Q3 N-Q2 14 Q-N3 KR-K1 15 P-K3 P-QB3 16 B xB QxB 17 R-B2 N-Bl 18 Rl-B1N-K319 Q-N4 QxQx20NxQ N-Ql 21 B-Bl P-QR4 22 N-Q3P-B3 23 R-B3 B-R3 24 N-B4 B xB 25 KxB K-B2 (22)

26 RxP NxR 27 RxN R/Kl-QB1 28 RxNP QR-N1 29 NxP RxR 30 N xR R-B7 31 N-R4 P-B4 32 P-R4 P-R3 33 P-R3 P-N4 34 PxP PxP 35 K-N2 P-N5 4-J Black could still try for a win by moving his king over to the Q-side.

0209 AK-John Moles:

FR2: 3 January:

Ruy Lopez

1P-K4 P-K4 2 N-KB3 N-QB3 3 B-N5 P-QR3 4 B-R4 N-B3 5 Q-K2 B-K2 6 P-B3 P-QN4 7 B-N3 P-Q3 8 P-QR4 B-N2 9 0-0 0-0 10 P-Q3 P-R3 11 R-Kl N-KR2 12 P-Q4 N-N4 13 BxN PxB 14 P-Q5 If 14 RP xP RPxP 15 R xR Q xR 16 QxP N-R4 with good compensation e.g. 17 B-B2 R-Nl with the idea 18 Q-Q3 B-R3.14... N-R2 15 R-Ql P-KN5 16 N-Kl B-Bl 17 PxP NxP 17 . . . PxP!? and then 18 Q-K3 B-N4 19 P-B4 BxP 20

Q-B2 Q-N421 N-B2 P-N6=F but 18 N-R3!±. Karpov proceeds, systematically to pile up on Black's QRP - the results are shattering: 18 B-B4! B-Q2 19 N-B2! Q-Bl 20 N-Q2 P-N3 21 N-N4 B-N4 22 R-R5S Q-N2 23 N-N3 K-N2 24 Rl-Rl Now the pressure is just too much - call Karpov a bully if you will, but his system brings results. The isolani is now lost, so Black tries a desperate attack: 24 ... P-KB4 25 NxP Q-N3 26 BxN PxP (23)

27 P-QB4! R x P 28 P-B5 R x Q 29 PxQ B-K6+ 30 K-Rl BxB 31 P-N7 R-Rl 32 P-N8 = Q R x Q 33 NxR B-QB5 34 R5-R3 RxQNP 35 N-R5 RxN 36 NxB B-Q5 37 R-Ql R-N5 38 N-K3 R-N4 39 P-N3 R-B4 40 K-N2 R-N4 41 R-QB1 1-0

0210 Jerzi Lewi-AK:

FR3: 3 January:

English

1 P-QB4 P-K4 2 N-QB3 P-Q3 3 P-KN3 P-KN3 4 P-Q4 N-QB3 5 PxP PxP 6 QxQ+ NxQ7 N-B3 B-Q3 8 N-QN5 B-Q2 9 N xB + PxN 10 P-N3 P-B3 11 B-QR3 N-B2 12 R-Q.1 K-K213 B-KN2 B-B3 14 0-0 P-B4 15 N-Kl N-B3 16 N-B2 KR-Q1 17 N-N4 QR-B1 18 R-Q2 P-K5 19 P-B3 K-K3 20

Rl-Ql N-K4 21 R-Q4 PxP 22 NxB RxN 23 PxP R-R3 24 B-N4RxP (24)

25 R-Kl 25 RxP+ RxR 26 RxR+ K-B2 27 B-B3= White wants more. 25... P-KN4! 26 P-B4 PxP 27 PxP R-KN1 28 R-Q2 RxR 29 BxR N-K5 The point. 30 RxN PxR 31 PxN KxP 32 B-QB3+ K-B5 33 K-B2 P-K6 + 34 K-Bl P-N4 35 B-Q5 R-N4 36 B-N4 K-K4 37 B-QB3+ K-B5 38 B-N4 R-N3 39 PxP K-K4 40 B-B6 K-Q5 41 B-KB3 K-Q6 42 B-K2+ K-K5 43 B-Ql R-B3+ 44 K-Kl K-Q5 45 B-R3 K-B6 46 B-B1 K-Q6 47 B-K2+ K-K5 48 B-B1 R-B7 49 B-B4 RxP 50 K-Ql K-Q5 51 B-K2 P-Q4 52 B-R3 K-B6 53 B-B3 P-Q5 54 B-B5 R-KB7 0-1

0211 AK-Jan Timman:

FR4: 4 January:

English

1 P-QB4 P-K3 2 N-QB3 N-KB3 3 N-B3 B-N5 4 Q-N3 P-B4 5 P-QR3 B-R4 6 P-K3 0-0 7 B-K2 P-Q4 8 0-0 N-B3 9 N-QR4 Q-K2 10 Q-B2 N-Q2 11 P-Q4 QPxP 12 PxP P-K4 13 P-K4 N-Q5 14 NxN PxN 15 BxP N-K4 16 P-QN4 B-B2 17 B-Q5 P-Q6 18 Q-Ql

Karpov proceeds first to trap a piece in characteristic style: 21 P-N4 B-KN3 22 P-B4 NxP The best chance, as 22 . . . N-Q2 23 P-B5 is hopeless. 23 Q. x N P-B4 Black's idea consists in maintaining his passed QP. 24 PxP B/N3xP 25 Q-B3 QR-Q1 26 N-B3 Q-B3 27 R-KN2! Karpov is already preparing a counter-attack: of course 27 . . . Q x N now loses to 28 B-N2. 27 . . . Q-Q5 | 28 K-Rl R-B3 29 B Q2 Blockading the dangerous passed pawn and protecting the knight. 29 . . . R-KR3 Now it looks like Black is getting some real play with a threatened entry on KR6 but Karpov makes a nice combination which spins the attack round to him! 30 Q-B2! R x B 31 R-Kl I Threatening a back rank mate which cannot be stopped by 31 ... R-Ql because of 32 QxQ or 31 . . . B-K3 32 QxQ RxQ 33 P-B5 or 31 . . . K-Nl 32 QxQ RxQ 33 R-K7 - so Black tried 31 . . . R-K3 But now there follows a forcing sequence of moves which ends in catastrophe for Black. 32 NxR QxN 33 RxR BxR 34 K-Nl 34 . . . B-R6 was menaced, so White breaks the pin on his rook. 34 . . . Q-N6 To stop 35 B-B3, exploiting the weak g7 square: this was the essence of Karpov's plan, started on move 30, and he plays on this theme until Black is battered into submission. 35 Q-Kl! Renewing the threat. 35 . . . K-Nl To answer 36 B-B3 with 36 . . . P-KN3. 36 P-B5! B-B2 37 B-R6 P-KN3 38 Q-Rl! The climax of Karpov's exquisite queen manoeuvre begun with 30 Q-B2. 38 . . . B-K4 39 QxB Q-Q8+ 40 K-B2 Q-B7+ 41 K-N3 1-0 A nice lesson in how to convert material advantage into attack.

0212: Pedro Hostalet-AK:

FR5: 5 January:

Nimzo-Indian

1 P-Q4 N-KB3 2 P-QB4 P-K3 3 N-QB3 B-N5 4 P K3 0-0 5 Q.-B2 P-B4 6 P-QR3 BxN+ 7 QxB N-B3 8 B-Q3? 8 PxP is the right course. 8 ... P xP 9 PxP P-Q4 10 N-K2 PxP 11 BxBP (26)

When it comes to punishing an opponent for leaving his king in the centre, Karpov can be really violent. It is hard to believe that White's resignation is forced after only seven more moves, yet such is the impact of Karpov's play that this is exactly what happens.

Immediately underlining White's backward development, for if 12

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