FIDE World Cup 1982: Karpov – Nunn

This was a well played game by John Nunn against that most brilliant of grinders, Anatoly Karpov. Of course doing this every game as Black against Karpov would be a tougher assignment, probably resulting in some draws and some losses.According to Megabase 2011 Nunn’s record as Black against Karpov showed 5 losses and 3 draws, a mere 19%.

This kind of sums up the problem in playing a superior technician like Karpov. And it needed Garry Kasparov to restrict him to ‘normal White advantage’ levels, White winning 18 games to Black’s 9 with 72 draws.