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|Aug-31-13|| ||thegoodanarchist: <After defeating Beliavsky, Korchnoi, and Smyslov in the candidates matches, Kasparov earned the right to challenge Anatoly Karpov for the title.>|
How impressive is Smyslov? More than 30 years after his WC reign he was back in the mix of it.
|Aug-31-13|| ||RookFile: Good for Smyslov, but a commentary on the relative decline in chess at the time. Kasparov deserves credit, with his lively play, for reawakening interest in the game. Karpov was very strong, but his style was more focused on winning endgames.|
|Sep-30-13|| ||Conrad93: Wow. A a first time win on the thirty second move.
That must be a record.
|Sep-30-13|| ||Conrad93: They should have stopped the championship after the fifth consecutive win by Karpov.|
|Sep-30-13|| ||Jim Bartle: <They should have stopped the championship after the fifth consecutive win by Karpov.
Excellent idea. Forget about the rules, just make them up as you go. In football, if a team is ahead by two goals after 80 minutes, call the game. In golf, if one player is three strokes ahead after 16 holes, declare him the winner.
|Sep-30-13|| ||Conrad93: Comparing golf and football to chess is idiotic.|
|Sep-30-13|| ||Jim Bartle: So if the rules say first to win six games wins the match, if it gets to 5-0, just say it's over. The hell with the rules.|
When Karpov was leading Korchnoi 5-2 in 1978, should they have declared Karpov the winner right there?
|Oct-01-13|| ||offramp: Neither player was tired. 48 games in five months is not very many - and nearly all those games had been very short draws.|
FIDE was the tired one; FIDE and the Soviet Chess Federation. They simply could not afford to keep the match going on indefinitely.
|Oct-02-13|| ||Conrad93: Why not just indefinitely extend the match then, Jim?|
There is always a chance the opponent could catch up, right?
|Oct-03-13|| ||Jim Bartle: The rule was first to six wins, conrad.|
|Oct-03-13|| ||perfidious: <Conrad> is still learning....|
|Oct-18-13|| ||devere: I've never seen it discussed, but what happened to the purse for this match? Did the K & K boys play 48 grueling games for no pay?|
|Aug-07-14|| ||tzar: The whole 1984 WC match was a mess. Again Fischer's ghost was present with his stupid demands that affected the next WC match cycle which should have been to 24 games.|
IMO Karpov showed complete superiority over any conceivable reasonable match lenght and Kasparov's strategy of making draws to prolong the fight led to a senseless endless match that became just a resistence test. Karpov had already lost 10 Kg. and the officials were worried about his health.
Campomanes tried to end the mess that was a ruin economically and could have lasted 20 or 25 games more putting the players health at risk.
His decision was controversial and open to criticism but it does not make him a "criminal".
|Aug-07-14|| ||Petrosianic: Timing is everything. If Campomanes had stopped the match after Game 46, few would have blamed him. Stopping it when he did looked like exactly what it was: An attempt to save Karpov's bacon. (Nobody called him a criminal, even though you put that word in quotes for some reason).|
Mind you, I personally think Karpov would have won the match had it continued. That doesn't mean Campomanes thought so. He toyed with the idea of stopping the 1978 match the same way.
Likewise, if both players had agreed to the stoppage, few would have blamed Campo. But neither did.
I don't think the Unlimited Match was a bad idea. It was a reasonable attempt to put more fight into the matches. A lot of people predicted that this kind of thing might happen, given two players with the wrong kinds of styles, and the wrong circumstances. But just as many poo-pooed the idea. The only way to settle the question was to test the format and find out. We tested it, it failed. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't have tested.
|Aug-07-14|| ||tzar: The decision was controversial...some people like you see it as a way of saving Karpov's bacon...others as a quite reasonable decision (considering the tactics going on in the match, financial and health reasons)...others think it only favored Kasparov.|
|Aug-07-14|| ||Howard: Regarding Petrosianic's recent comment, Campomanes didn't become president of FIDE until 1982. It was actually Euwe who was FIDE president at the time of the 1978 Karpov-Korchnoi match, though he stepped down later that year. |
Olafsson succeeded him, and then in 1982 it was the Campomanes regime.
|Aug-07-14|| ||Petrosianic: I'm aware that Campo wasn't FIDE President in 1978. But he was running the Philippine Federation, where the match was played. Of course it would have been a lot messier if one the organizers tried to pull the plug on a match without FIDE's consent. They'd probably be in breach of contract. And since it never actually happened, it's no more than rumor.|
|Aug-07-14|| ||Petrosianic: <tzar>: <others think it only favored Kasparov.>|
In the end, I think it did, if you consider what would have happened had Kasparov won the 1984 match. Everyone would have said, with some justification, that Karpov was a better player but Kasparov won by outsitting him. His whole image as the gutsy rebel challenging the establishment would be destroyed. He'd have been champion, but a champion that got little respect. Even if he still won the 1985 match, his reputation would be permanently affected.
People are funny. They don't blame him for TRYING to win that way (what else could he do?). But actually succeeding at winning that way would have left a different impression.
|Dec-19-14|| ||1d410: It seems like the FIDE president was trying to bail out Karpov, but what was his motive? Why be biased one way or another?|
|Dec-19-14|| ||Petrosianic: Karpov and Campomanes were good personal friends.|
|Dec-19-14|| ||Olavi: Not only did Campomanes make a decision that was very disadvantageous for Karpov, the decision was also contrary to what, C, K and K had agreed on, as Karpov's immediate reaction showed. In fact, it was exactly what Kasparov had proposed, albeit before game 48. Source: Gligoric, the arbiter.|
|Jun-02-15|| ||offramp: Looking at the move-numbers of the draws with each player as white is interesting.|
Karpov as white:
36 [1-0] 21 [2-0, 3-0,4-0] 41 33 93 23 51 34 22 22 [5-0] 13 35 [5-1] 20 17 15 48 71 21 36 [5-2, 5-3]
Kasparov as white:
47 [0-1] 44 [0-2, 0-3] 20 [0-4] 15 21 16 37 25 19 25 17 23 [0-5] 25 20 [1-5] 20 41 25 71 26 38 44 [2-5, 3-5]
|Jun-03-15|| ||offramp: So here is my brief comment on Karpov's move-numbers.|
<36 [1-0] 21 [2-0, 3-0,4-0]>
Karpov has gone quickly 4-0 up.
<41 33 93 23 51 34>
He is still trying quite hard to win as white.
Games 23 & 25: having a rest?
Having gone 5-0 up Karpov "takes a break".
<35 [5-1] 20 17 15>
But now things are different. Karpov has seen his great dream of a 6-0 victory go up in a smoke. Is he readjusting to the changed circumstances?
<48 71 21 36 [5-2, 5-3]>
A last effort followed by two losses. Then - The End.
|Jun-03-15|| ||offramp: And here is my brief comment on Kasparov's move-numbers.|
<47 [0-1] 44 [0-2, 0-3] 20 [0-4]>
A shattering start.
<15 21 16 37>
Steadying the ship; but the 37-move game was a missed win for Kasparov.
<25 19 25 17 23 [0-5]>
More quick draws followed by another loss.
<25 20 [1-5]>
Finally a win after 32 games of rearguard action.
A quick draw to steady the nerves.
<41 25 71 26 38>
Now, finally, some real effort with the white pieces.
<44 [2-5, 3-5]>
...then a missed win in game 46 followed by two wins in a row.
Then - deus ex machina!
|Jun-03-15|| ||Zonszein: jesus!|
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