Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Eleven

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Ten

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Nine

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With this effort, Karpov is off to a 8-1 start! Til Next Time, Chris Wainscott

Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Eight

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After finally being held to a draw by Kasparov in round seven, Karpov gets back to his winning ways in round eight, this time against The Boy From Minsk, Boris Gelfand.

After this victory, Karpov stands alone at the top with a score of 7.5 out of 8.

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Seven

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After a stellar 6-0 start, in round seven the former world champion is held to a draw by his arch nemesis.

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Six

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Unlike in his last game where Karpov was smiled on by Caissa in the form of his opponent blundering badly in a level position, in round six he is simply better right out of the opening and never relinquishes control of the game.

With this game, the former world champion has gotten off to a 6-0 start.

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Five

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Sometimes in the course of a chess tournament, especially a long super elite one, it suddenly appears obvious that Caissa is favoring one participant or another.

In Linares 1994 that starts to become obvious in round five. After a perfect 4-0 start the game between Ivanchuk and Karpov starts out a bit of a quiet affair. After opening with the QID the game settles into a bit of a maneuvering affair and neither player is able to get much of an edge.

Then, suddenly, the game turns on a dime when Chucky plays 28.Qe3? and gets run over by a two move tactic.

When a player is both in top form, and has fortune smiling on them, it’s a clear sign that you might be witnessing something special in the making.

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Four

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Today we look at Karpov’s fourth win in a row to start the 1994 Linares tournament. The annotations are in German, but the lines are interesting.

This win comes at the expense of future World Number One Veselin Topalov.

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Three

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Today we continue looking at Karpov’s maginificent performance in Linares in 1994!

In round three Karpov faced the local hero, Miguel Illescas, and once again the Russian brought home the full point to start a perfect 3-0. This time showing magnificent technique in a queen ending.

Annotations by Zoltan Ribli

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Two

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In round two, Karpov kept up his winning ways by beating his countryman, Evgeny Bareev, thus starting 2-0.

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Chris Wainscott