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.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: