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Anatoly Karpov regained the lead in the Fide world title match with an impressive victory in the fourth game. Gata Kamsky opened with the same variation that had brought him victory against Karpov's Caro- Kann in game two, but this time Karpov improved on the 12th move by bringing his queen out and freeing the d8 square for a rook.

Until move 19, it was unclear whether the idea was a good one as Black's queen seemed vulnerable to attack from the white minor pieces. However, Karpov's unexpected 19...Qa6! seemed to throw Kamsky into confusion. Perhaps White has nothing better than to repeat moves with 20.Ne5 Qb6 21.Nc4, but irritated by the impudent queen sitting on the same diagonal as his bishop, Kamsky tried for more.

White's 23.Bxf5 was a ghastly move, handing over white-square domination to his opponent, (though it must be admitted that 23.g4? g5! would have been even worse).

At the end, Kamsky blundered in a bad position with 40.Nd3? (planning to meet Rg4 with Ne5) when 40...Qe6! threatened the rook on c4 as well as Rg4.

White: Gata Kamsky

Black: Anatoly Karpov

4th match game, Elista 1996

Caro-Kann Defence

1 e4 c6 24 Rd2 Bg7

2 d4 d5 25 h4 Rfe8

3 exd5 cxd5 26 Qg3 Rc8

4 c4 Nf6 27 Nd7 Qc6

5 Nc3 e6 28 Nc5 b6

6 Nf3 Bb4 29 Nd3 Qd7

7 cxd5 Nxd5 30 a5 Re4

8 Bd2 Nc6 31 Nf4 b5

9 Bd3 0-0 32 Rdd1 Bc4

10 0-0 Be7 33 Rac1 h6

11 Qe2 Nf6 34 Rc3 b4

12 Ne4 Qb6 35 Rc2 Rc6

13 a3 Bd7 36 Rdc1 Bb5

14 Rfd1 Rad8 37 Kh2 Kh7

15 Nxf6+ Bxf6 38 Rxc6 Bxc6

16 Qe4 g6 39 Rc4 Bf8

17 Be3 Ne7 40 Nd3 Qe6

18 Ne5 Nf5 41 d5 Bxd5

19 Nc4 Qa6 42 Rxe4 Bxe4

20 a4 Bc6 43 Bxa7 Bd6

21 Qf4 Bd5 44 Nf4 Qe5

22 Ne5 Qb6 45 Nh3 Qe7

23 Bxf5 exf5 White resigns

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