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R x KP) 35 P-N7 was equally hopeless. 33 �B7 R-QB4 Or 33 . . R-QBl 34 Q xP. 34 Q x R The simplest; the ending is easily won. NxQ 34 38 �B7 P-N3 B xN 39 �K6 35 B xR N(K5 )-B4 N(B3 ) x P 40 B xN 36 P x B NxB 4 1 B-Q6 N-Q2 37 P-B4 Black will have to give up his knight for White's QBP. Black resigned. Final score-3 :0 to Karpov. . · THE SEMI-FINAL MATCH: KARPOV-SPASSKY Game 1 . S icilia n Defence Karpov-Spassky April 1 2 th-1 3th 1 P K4 - 2 N-KB3 3 P-Q4 4 N xP N-QBJ 6 B-K2 P-QB4 P-Q3 PxP N-KB3 B-K2 7 0--0 0-0 8 P-B4 N-BJ 9 B-K3 P-K4 !
30 P-R4! The simplest way to a draw. By diverting the Black king to the Q-side, White achieves essential simplification on the K-side. 30 . . K-N5 P xP 33 N-B7 N-B2 31 P xP N(Q2)-B3 34 N-Q8 32 N-K5 K-B4 35 N-K2 The QRP is no weaker than Black's KP. 35 . . NxP 3 7 N(Q8) xP N-1<2 36 N-Q4 N-Q4 38 N x BP! Clears the board completely. 38 . . NxN 40 K-B2 NxP 39 P-N4 N-R5 + Or 40 . N-B3 4 1 N xP N x P + 42 K-N3. 41 NxN K xP 42 N-K6 N-N3 Drawn. . 38 THE S EMI-FINAL MATCH Game 5. Nimzo-Indian Defence Karpov-Spassky April 22nd P-Q4 7 0-0 1 N-KB3 N-B3 P-QB4 P-K3 8 P-QR3 2 B xN 9 PxB B-N5 3 N-QB3 QP xP 4 N-B3 P-B4 10 B xBP Q-B2 5 P-K3 11 B-Q3 P-Q4 0-0 6 B-Q3 It has long been known that this continuation gives White no advan.
B-Q2. What a pity! In thi s way the chess world never found out what new con tinuation Karpov had prepared in this variation. 10 N-N3 P-QR4 12 B-B3 B-K3 Q-B2 15 R-Q2 1 6 N-N5 B-B5 KR-Q t 1 1 P-QR4 N-QN5 Bl ack seems to have successfully solved his opening problems. He already threatens to win a pawn by 13 . P x P 1 4 B x P N x BP 15 Q x N . Q-N3 + . 1 3 K-R l 1 4 R-BZ Seeing no way of strengrhening his position, Karpov goes in for complications, hoping after exchanges to win the kn ight at QNS, which finds itself surrounded.
Anatoly Karpov - His Road to the World Championship by Mikhail Botvinnik