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MATCH STANDINGS
Spassky - Karpov Rapid Match

Boris Spassky1.5/2(+1 -0 =1)[games]
Anatoly Karpov0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Spassky ½-½622006Spassky - Karpov Rapid MatchE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. Spassky vs Karpov 1-0412006Spassky - Karpov Rapid MatchB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-27-06  jperr75108: Ha. I thouht Karpov was so good at rapid and blitz. Didnt he once said "I can only be beaten by Kasparov" about his blitz playing?
May-27-06  Knight13: :-O Spassky's old, man, he still beats some Grandmaster!!!
May-27-06  blingice: Why wasn't there Chessbookie betting on this?!
May-27-06  chessmoron: Only two games?
May-27-06  jamesmaskell: Yep, only two games. Chessbase has a report on it.
May-27-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: If Spassky can beat Karpov (granted only in 2 rapid games) than maybe a Karpov-Fischer match wouldn't be the slam dunk Russian win that Kasparov claimed.
May-27-06  Dionyseus: <Didnt he once said "I can only be beaten by Kasparov" about his blitz playing?>

I doubt he ever said that, Kasparov has always been awful at rapid chess. Even in 2002 Karpov destroyed Kasparov in a rapid chess match.

Some examples of top players that are better rapid players than Karpov are Anand and Kramnik.

May-27-06  KingG: <Dionyseus> Kasparov was awful at Rapid chess? You have to be joking.

I don't know why you're talking about rapid chess anyway, considering the quote was about blitz, and i seem to remember Kasparov winning one of the strongest blitz tournaments in history at Wijk Ann Zee in 1999, ahead of Anand and Kramnik, amongst others.

May-27-06  SnoopDogg: For some reason people forget Kasparov is possibly the greatest blitz player of all time, not just classical player of all time. I remember Larry C praising Nakamura, but then only to say "only a young Kasparov could see things faster than Nakamura". Plus Karpov is no sluoch in rapid, after all he did win the WC against Anand on rapids in '98.
May-27-06  square dance: <I remember Larry C praising Nakamura, but then only to say "only a young Kasparov could see things faster than Nakamura".> interesting since karjakin beat naka 4-0 in blitz after their match in mexico a year or two ago.
May-27-06  jackmandoo: Blitz chess is the most pointless activity one can indulge in. Nothing to gain and only knowledge to lose. I believe it was a young Reti that said after playing in a Blitz tournement: "Mommy I've burnt my eggs on the stove I deserve much of a spanking!" (He went mad from the blitz.)
May-27-06  whatthefat: <jackmandoo>
That's beautiful! :)
May-28-06  throat: whats wrong with playing blitz?Its fun but just do not play too much of it.can destroy your imagination sometimes.heh!!heh!
May-28-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  messachess: I think that a lot of rapid chess is good for a player just learning the game--10 or 15 minute or 2-12: I mean, dozens of games per day. My reasoning is the same as advice received by a member here by an advisor. You need to see, contemplate, ponder a lot of different kinds of chess positions over and over, win or lose in order to gain experience of the game. This kind of experience let's a beginner find his or her way rather naturally, repeating mistakes over and over, getting more and more comfortable with various kinds and styles of play, etc. I think that it's good.
May-29-06  Ernesto7: I think blitz chess greatly improves your chess up to a certain level,then it is just fun. For a beginner,blitz can give quick decision making ability as well as time managing skills.Plus blitz also allows you to see many different positions in a short period of time,since you can play 30 games in an hour and gain experience. While I agree that too much blitz can be harmful I dont think it is correct to say that blitz is irrelevant or ridiculous or pointless,etc.
May-29-06  sixfeetunder: playing blitz improves players intuition, though too many blitz can lead to superficiality.
May-29-06  RookFile: Where did people get the idea that Kasparov was such a great blitz player?

Was it when Kasparov lost the world blitz championship in the late 80's to Tal?

Was it later, when Tal showed up to beat Kasparov in blitz a month before he died?

Or was it when Kasparov started losing to computers?

What blitz accomplishment of Kasparov or any one else can you point to that even remotely approaches Fischer's lapping the field at Herceg Novi 1970?

May-30-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: This was a rapid match, not blitz. Anatoli Karpov beat Garry Kasparov just four years ago and now Boris Spassky beat Anatoli Karpov. Although short, his match may show, who may or can be the best chessplayer even today. Bobby Fischer :)
May-30-06  VargPOD: In 1988 World Blitz Championships Tal won at the age of 52, and both Kasparov and Karpov dropped early. Both big K's have never been so dominant in blitz chess that they have been in "normal" chess.
May-30-06  Maatalkko: Spassky is awesome! The second-laziest World Champion in history can still play a good game. 2550 is bogus, he is still 2600+ when he tries his best I think.

Does he have a drinking problem? His eyes look pretty bloodshot in several of the photos I've seen, and his cheeks have that red, puffy, Ted-Kennedy look.

Jul-11-09  WhiteRook48: so let's have Spassky contest Kasparov in rapid. That would be amusing.
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