SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The following photo was taken during the World Student Team Olympiad, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, held from the 1st to 17th of July 1971. In particular, it shows the game between Anatoly Karpov and Kenneth Rogoff after White’s 4th move.
20 year old Karpov playing 18 year old Ken Rogoff(glasses)
Karpov A. – Rogoff K.
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bb4 4. Bg2 (see above photo !)
4… O-O 5. d3 c6 6. Qb3!? This sly move has always impressed me
6… Ba5 7. Nf3 d5 [7… e4] 8. O-O! d4 9. Na4
The position seems like a type of colour-reversed Benoni. Black must be ok.
9… Nbd7 10. e3! dxe3 11. Bxe3 Bc7 12. a3 Re8 13. Rad1 Bd6
Black’s difficulties are how to effectively bring out his pieces, especially complicated by the fact that Karpov is intent on opening up the position before Black is fully developed.14. d4! exd4 15. Nxd4 Bf8
[15… Bc7 16. Bxc6!] 16. Qc3 Qe7 17. Rfe1 Qe5 18. b4 Qh5
Things have not gone well for Black. The Queen manoeuvre has lost a lot of time, and in the end will cost the game.
19. h3 Nb6 20. Nxb6 axb6 21. g4 Qg6 22. Bf4
22… Bd7?! 23. Nf3! Rxe1 24. Rxe1 Ne8? 25. Qd2! Rd8 26. Nh4
The only way to save the Queen will cost too much, so Rogoff resigns. At the Canadian Open in Ottawa in 1973 Rogoff remarked to me that Karpov was just too good
for him. Whether that is true or not, Karpov’s mature, precise play leaves a very strong impression.
Grandmaster Aivar Gipslis, in his report on the tournament in the magazine 64
”Karpov played…very effortlessly and with elegance. Normally he was the first to finish his game, not using up more than an hour on the clock. It seemed that his opponents did not understand the thinking of the young grandmaster. In my opinion Karpov possesses a very original and subtle chess style, and it would be difficult to name his chess predecessor. That is always the sign of a great talent.”
The Soviet team won the event with 29.5 points, with the US team in second place with 21.5 points.
Canada finished a very respectable third place, with 21 points. The Canadian team : Duncan Suttles, Peter Biyiasis, Lawrence Day, Bruce Amos, Denis Allan and Camille Coudari. Canada got the silver medal for best result of 2nd board, Allan got a silver medal for best 1st reserve; Peter Biyiasis got the bronze medal for best 2nd reserve.
Amos’ game with Karpov was published in many magazines. It is a classic game!
Amos B. – Karpov A.
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 Nge7 !?
I was so impressed with this game when I saw it that I later took up the line myself! I achieved notable victories with it: against Peter Biyiasis in the decisive game of the Quebec Open in 1973 and against Abe Yanofsky at the Canadian Zonal in 1975.
7. Nb3 Na5 8. Bg2 Nec6 9. O-O d6 10. Nd2 Bd7 11. b3 Be7 12. Bb2 Rc8! 13. Ne2 O-O 14. c4?!
14… b5! 15. cxb5 axb5 16. Nf3 b4! 17. a3 Rb8! 18. a4 e5! 19. Nd2 Bf6! 20. Rc1 Be6 21. f4 exf4! 22. Bxf6 Qxf6 23. Nxf4 Rfe8 24. Nd5 Qd4 25. Kh1 25… Kh8!
Stopping any nonsense from White 26. Qe2 Ne5 27. h3 h6! 28. Rfd1 Nd3!
White is helpless. [0:1]
Bruce Amos later told me that Karpov’s play was close to perfect. Indeed, everyone who left the 1971 Team Championship was impressed with Karpov.
He often is on the news, giving his opinions about the state of the world’s economy.
On his personal site you can also find a really interesting article written by Bobby Fischer himself (in pdf) about his visit to an American Junior Championship , and Fischer has some nice things to say about Rogoff. I suggest you take a look!