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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"Making a Bee Line" (game of the day Sep-17-2017)
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984), Moscow URS, rd 3, Sep-17
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  1-0


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  positionalgenius: Dominating game from karpov,one of his finest.
Apr-10-08  smarterthanbobby: must love the opening how he plots
his bisops, pawn sacs, and a diffrent look to this line, impressive.
Apr-11-08  Knight13: <first win from the 1984-85 match that was eventually aborted. The game itself is quite an achievement by Karpov in the way that won, whereas most players would have probably tried to trade off pieces and win with extra pawn, Karpov outwits Kasparov with subtle moves that squeeze the life out of Kasparov's pieces.> Hmmm.. Thanks for pointing that out. Silman says the same thing in his books, like "Even when you have material imbalance don't just trade pieces off; still try to improve your position as best as you can" (not quoted exactly, but he does give that stuff). Maybe he got it from this very game!!

So Black lost the b-pawn after playing 10...b6. That really a mistake or what?

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  ToTheDeath: Karpov draws first blood in the abandoned match- and wins a nice game.

The exchange of Black's b pawn for White's e pawn would at first glance seem to favor Black, but White's pieces become very active, he gets a queenside pawn majority and play against the weak pawns on d6 and a6.

16...d5? is just bad, losing a pawn by force as Karpov shows. Kasparov preferred "activity" but hunkering down with 16...Be7 was better. Then 17.Nb1! (regrouping) Rab8 18.b3 Rfd8 19.Nc3 Bc6 is only slightly better for White.

The rest of the game is a nice exercise in playing against lose pieces and back rank weakness to force the win of further material. A classic Karpov game.

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  mjmorri: In the next match, Kasparov played his famous 8...d5! in two games, scoring 1.5-0.5
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  Chessdreamer: The notation is wrong. Kasparov resigned after 31.Bb6.
Jun-15-09  WhiteRook48: really basic
Oct-17-09  sac2win: i agree with whiterook. really basic game.winnig pawn on b-file earlier was important.Rest,GK was demolished,ashes to ashes,dust to dust!!!
Dec-21-09  M.D. Wilson: I wonder how Korchnoi would have fared if he had played this match against Karpov?
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  harrylime: Is Kasparov lost after 17...Bf5?

Or after 24.b4 .. I love this move btw

Super game from Karpov.

Aug-16-12  BishopTakes: Karpov is Positional master
Oct-23-12  Corry: One of best karpov's game... In this game his pieces are really untouchable from the beginning to the end . Kasparov try to attack like a child against his father ... sick!
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  whiteshark: Karpov annotates this game:
Aug-21-14  coldsweat: I think "later games" might be a bit of an understatement -- it took Garry thirty two games to finally win one.
Oct-09-14  yurikvelo: <Anatoly Eugenievitch Karpov, aka Demolition Man> Hoidini-1st-line Man!!!
Stockfish-5 analyze 28..32 plyes deep.
Feb-13-15  bennyvsfischer: 28.Rd7!
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  ToTheDeath: Yep, deadly accuracy and a Python like grip, all the hallmarks of Karpov at his best.
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17. f2-f3! This tiny move wins the d-pawn and the game. One of Karpov's best games.

Sep-17-17  anjumskhan: at the end of the game, there is a line of pieces along the b file, hence the title "making the bee line".
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  MKD: What is the best continuation, if black plays Bc2?
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  offramp: <anjumskhan: at the end of the game, there is a line of pieces along the b file, hence the title "making the bee line".>

There is a similar position in Larsen vs Kavalek, 1979.

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  PawnSac: < MKD: What is the best continuation, if black plays Bc2? >

probably something like...

31. Bb6 Bxc2 32. Bxc7 Bxb4 33. Re8+ Bf8 34. Bc6 or Rb8 Nc5 35.Bd6 Ne6 36.Bc4 g5 37.Bxe6 fxe6 38.Rf8+

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  kevin86: Whites's minor pieces attack, black's cower.
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  kevin86: Doesn't a bee line begin with a buzz?
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23... Rxb5!!
24. Nxb5 Bc4 ±.
That would have given Black some chances to save the game.

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