Karpov’s Immortal


ANATOLY KARPOV vs VESELIN TOPALOV – Linares, 1994

As we have already covered Kasparov’s Immortal, today we present you THE game played by his best rival in the 80’s and 90’s: Anatoly Karpov’s Immortal.

This is the game between Karpov and Topalov (too many Immortals for him! 🙂 ) played at the legendary tournament Linares in 1994.

The opening is the English Opening: Symmetrical: Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense.

In this game, Karpov sacrifices the rook on move 20 to open the kingside completely and start a fierce attack with all the pieces involved. Black is massacred after checks, captures, and a complete destruction of the king’s defense with its pieces unable to start any attack.

Karpov at his finest!

You can find the game below:

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