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The latest (July) issue of the British Chess Magazine includes Viswanathan Anand's annotations to his game with Anatoly Karpov at Dos Hermanas. "Since it's not difficult to predict Karpov's first move and his variation against the Queen's Gambit Accepted, the opening held no surprises," he said. The variation Anand had prepared went 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Bxc4 Nc6 6.0-0 Be6 7.Bxe6 fxe6 8.Qb3 Qd7 9.Qxb7 Rb8 10.Qa6 Nf6 reaching, one might think, just the sort of position Karpov likes. The black pawn structure has permanent weaknesses and White needs only to establish a grip on the c4 and e5 squares to gain a permanent bind. After the further moves 11.Nbd2 Bb4 12.Nc4 0-0 13.a3 Bc5 14.b4 Bb6 15.b5 Ne7 16.Nfe5 Qe8 17.Re1 Ng6 18.Nd3 White did indeed stand better, though Anand conjured up enough tactics to save himself. At the end of the game, Karpov commented: "There is nothing to analyse. White was completely winning."

This month in Dortmund Karpov had a chance to prove his assertion, but again Anand escaped. At the end 32...Kxd6 33.Qf8+ leads to a draw.

White: Anatoly Karpov

Black: Viswanathan Anand

1 d4 d5 17 a4 Nxe4

2 c4 dxc4 18 Ba3 Nd5

3 e4 e5 19 Bxf8 Kxf8

4 Nf3 exd4 20 Nd3 Nd6

5 Bxc4 Nc6 21 Nxd6 cxd6

6 0-0 Be6 22 Rc1 Qd8

7 Bxe6 fxe6 23 a5 Bxa5

8 Qb3 Qd7 24 Qxa7 Bc3

9 Qxb7 Rb8 25 Qa2 Rxb5

10 Qa6 Nf6 26 Qe2 Qe8

11 Nbd2 Bb4 27 Rb1 e5

12 Nc4 0-0 28 Rxb5 Qxb5

13 a3 Bc5 29 f4 Ne3

14 b4 Bb6 30 fxe5+ Nxf1

15 b5 Ne7 31 Qxf1+ Ke7

16 Nfe5 Qe8 32 exd6+ draw

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