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Viswanathan Anand vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Anand FIDE World Championship Match (1998) (rapid), Lausanne SUI, rd 8, Jan-09
Queen Pawn Game: Levitsky Attack. Euwe Variation Modern Line (D00)  ·  0-1


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  offramp: Anand loses a couple of pawns in the opening, after 22...cxd5 he doesn't have much to show for it

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so he gives up a piece. But that doesn't work either.

This game gave Karpov the title of FIDE world champion. Not very impressive. Beating the famously fast Anand twice in two rapid games IS impressive.

May-24-06  Maatalkko: Karpov is a very skilled rapid player too. He can probably still play rapid chess at a 2700+ level. Just a few years ago he almost won a K.O. rapid championship, but lost in the finals to Anand.
Sep-13-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Karpov was an amazing rapid chess player, beating Anand here in 2 games and beating Kasparov in a rapid match in NYC!
Sep-13-08  visayanbraindoctor: Karpov in his prime played very fast because he had a tremendously strong chess intuition. I would dare say that, excluding Capablanca, Karpov and Anand have the strongest chess intuition in history. Karpov has the ability to instantaneously spot significant patterns hidden in any position, and so knows where to place his pieces by instinct.

(This is strange, I kind of agree with WWP when it comes to Karpov most of the time, as I am a Karpov fan, but quarrel with him all the time in Kramnik's corner.)

Mar-06-09  Slurpeeman: 17... or 18...Nb6 wins the exchange. Can't believe that guy is a world champion
Mar-06-09  blacksburg: this was 10 years ago, and karpov was no slouch.
Mar-06-09  VaselineTopLove: This game was basically a very desperate Anand trying to win game 2 of the rapid playoffs (after having lost game 1 which he was winning btw) by trying to get Karpov out of book early on in the opening and by making some crazy sacrifices. Needless to say, Karpov didn't fall for it and went on to win.
Aug-07-14  Zuainedison: <Slurpeeman: 17... or 18...Nb6 wins the exchange. Can't believe that guy is a world champion> 18. or 19. Ne5 watching f7 pawn. You must be carefull with your bad apreciations.
Jul-26-15  joddon: WORLD CHAMPION SHIP MATCHES before 2014 and 2015 were all tactical position where usually both opponents waited for a blunder to occur....this usually caused time trouble etc etc.... and no unusual middle games occurred and more draws happened starting from the mid 1800s upto right about time when you don't have time to discover new positions, old positions were very common so draws were taken almost 1000s of games even in world matches.....todays draws are still dangerous positions were players only take them if time is a problem....otherwise no one takes a draw because computer evaluations tell us that although it seems like a draw, it isn't....before there was only a game of chess to control a lost piece, yet todays world controls squares and pieces and kings will move back and forth vigorously until a very unhappy decision has occurred....when I put old championship matches in Houdini...all of the moves the players pick are much simpler lines than of the future...what we can see we can manipulate more....back then there wasn't much to manipulate!!
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  thegoodanarchist: What an odd little game this was.
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