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No Surprise….

On page 6 of “The Chess Beat” by Larry Evans:

To the surprise of nobody, young Karpov romped over his countryman Lev Polugayevsky  5 1/2 – 2 1/2 [In the 1974 Candidates’ quarter-final.]

A rather peculiar thing to claim, particularly since on the very next page Evans writes “[Bobby] Fischer told friends he was surprised that Karpov beat Polugayevsky”.


If your opponent cannot do anything active, then don’t rush the position; instead you should let him sit there, suffer, and beg you for a draw.  –  Jeremy Silman

No fantasy, however rich, no technique, however masterly, no penetration into the psychology of the opponent, however deep, can make a chess game a work of art, if these qualities do not lead to the main goal – the search for truth.  –  Vasily Smyslov

When my opponent’s clock is going I discuss general considerations in an internal dialogue with myself. When my own clock is going I analyse concrete variations.  –  Mikhail Botvinnik