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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi

Sicilian Defense, The Dragon Variation

The modern form of the Dragon was originated by German master Louis Paulsen around 1880.It was played frequently by Henry Bird that decade, then received general acceptance around 1900 when played by Harry Nelson Pillsbury and other masters. It has fallen a out of fashion with current grandmasters. Never the less gorgeous games have been played with volatile play for both sides such as this game between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi.

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Anatoly Karpov vs Viktor Korchnoi

Sicilian Defense, The Dragon Variation

One of the best known rivalries in chess was between Karpov and Kasparov, two of the greatest players of all time. However, even before Karpov’s rivalry with Kasparov, was his rivalry with Korchnoi. Korchnoi was a tenacious player known for playing in uncompromising fashion. In this game Korchnoi takes his chances with the Dragon Sicilian. This opening has a slightly dodgy reputation and can lead to wild and complicated games. Karpov shows his true prowess in this game as he dismantles his opponent’s dangerous opening en route to a convincing win.

The Dragon Karpov Vs Korchnoi
Anatoly Karpov
Viktor Korchnoi
Moscow, USSR
17 SEP 1974
Sicilian Defense, The Dragon Variation

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