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Gata Kamsky vs Anatoly Karpov
"The King and I" (game of the day Nov-29-2012)
Dortmund (1993), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Apr-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  0-1


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Dec-06-05  sitzkrieg: Karpov gives 38. Kc1 Rd4 39.Bd7 Rc4ch 40.Kb1 Rh4 41. Rd1 Rh6 with (much?!) better game for white.
Dec-06-05  sitzkrieg: Apparently white is better before the blunder
Apr-04-06  AlexandraThess: Long life King Karpov!
May-27-07  Manic: I heard that Karpov's 11...Ke7 was thought up by his second. Can't remember who it was though..
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  HeMateMe: Terrific game. I wonder if Kamsky was prepared for Karpov's 11....Ke7, if he worked on it at home anaylysis? It must be unnerving when your opponent attacks with his King on move 11!
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  wordfunph: "Kamsky offered a draw here, in mutual time pressure. But I refused the offer, because black's chances are better: white has already lost the two bishops' advantage, and he still has not regained his pawn..."

- Anatoly Karpov (after 30.h4)

Feb-20-12  JoergWalter: Karpov's performance here in Dortmund was ELO 2850. Very impressive at his age.
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  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: The Fighting King and I


Nov-29-12  vinidivici: Hail to the king!!
Nov-29-12  Abdel Irada: <refutor: as a caro-kann player a few years ago i tried to "refute" 3.Nd2 just because it didn't look right :) needless to say i didn't find one>

If <refutor> can't refute it, maybe it can't be refuted. ;-)

Nov-29-12  Abdel Irada: Chess has sometimes been called "The Game of Kings," but this game is more regicentric than most.

Karpov begins the round ("of blood and dust and time and agonies"?) by attacking with his king on move 11, and after 27 moves of vicissitudes, Kamsky misses a chance to win by attacking with his.

Nov-29-12  RookFile: It seems like Kamsky had dangerous chances with his h pawn and should have drawn or won this game.
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  erniecohen: <<who>: Fritz gives 38.Kc1 Rd4 39.Be4 Rxc4+ 40.Kd2 (+1.72)>

<<sitzkrieg>: Karpov gives 38. Kc1 Rd4 39.Bd7 Rc4ch 40.Kb1 Rh4 41. Rd1 Rh6 with (much?!) better game for white.>

The analyses by Karpov and Fritz might be worse than the blunder itself. After 38. ♔c1 ♖d4? 39. ♗e4 ♖xc4+ 40. ♔d2 ♖d4+ 41. ♔c3, Black has no way to stop the pawn except to give up both of his pieces for the White ♗, after which White eats the ♙s on one side or the other.

Relatively best for Black is 38...♖h2, leaving White up a ♗ for a ♙, but at least Black is left with a ♖ to fight with.

Nov-29-12  cunctatorg: Just ... WOW!...
Nov-29-12  RookFile: Regarding 3. Nd2 - what problem do you have with this move? It blocks the queen's bishop? The point is that piece is usually among the last to be developed anyway, many times after move 12 or so.
Nov-29-12  Tigranny: Nice king march by Karpov, now one of my favorite champions by his games.
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  ajile: The position after 8..h6 seems to be just begging for a sacrifice on e6.
Nov-29-12  Tal7777777: Nice Pun.
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  kevin86: It looks like black will clean up soon!
Nov-30-12  5hrsolver: I like Karpov's simplistic style. His idol is the late Petrosian.
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  Gato: 11...Ke7 because 11...0-0 would be followed by a sacrifice on h6 ?
Nov-30-12  RookFile: There is nothing simple about this game. Most people don't march their king to the center to commence the middlegame. Karpov did a good job of mixing things up and confusing Kamsky. Analysis shows that Kamsky should have won or drawn this game, but that was a chance Karpov was willing to take to get the win with black.
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  offramp: 38.Kc1 would have been a scorcher... But Karpov's TN didn't deserve a loss.
Mar-12-15  carpovius: 11. ...Ke7!!! was a winning move)))))))
May-13-15  DanielHoseano: Could be a good puzzle. With black to play 11.?
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