This time around I cover the game Karpov-Georgiev (Biel 1994), a positional struggle in the Queen's Gambit Declined that concludes, sneakily, with a shower of tactical fireworks. The first part of the video offers what I hope is an instructive look at key themes in the QGD Tartakower where White plays for a fixed pawn center (8.Be2 Bb7 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.b4) and Black goes for the more complex option in reply (11...c6 rather than 11...c5).
A maneuvering battle ensued, and as was almost always the case during his peak years, that battle was more successfully conducted by Karpov. What had looked for a while like a normal, quiet and roughly equal position turned suddenly into a position where Karpov's pieces dominated and a crushing, beautiful combination concluded the game.
Have a look for yourself - the show is free (free registration required), as always, and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.