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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
"Take the a-Train" (game of the day Mar-22-13)
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984)  ·  Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  0-1
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Mar-22-13
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  waustad: outside passer -> king position -> win.
It doesn't matter if they are two of the all time best or schnooks like me, that combination usually works when material is getting sparse. Of course it is easier without the rooks.
Jun-09-13  tzar: This endgame is outstanding...maybe it was an adjournment or Karpov remembered a similar one of the past. Otherwise it is not humanly possible to do so many accurate moves in a row and give this wonderful chess lesson to no other than Kasparov.
Oct-02-13  Mateo: According to Karpov, this Rook ending is winning for Black. However, I wonder if there could be some improvements for White. For instance, 49.Kb1 (to free the Rook). Karpov says that 49...Rb8+ 50.Ka1 Rb2 51.Rxa3 Rxf2 52.Ra6 Rf6! wins for Black. But 52.h3 should be considered. How does Black win?
Nov-09-13  bkpov: Karpov is my idol. His games are really enlightening. In the pursuit of the most correct play, he used to create myriad of complication. In fact he was playing against himself- his greatest shortcoming.
Nov-18-13  Rama: I remember a funny comment on this game: "After 20. ... Qa5, black threatens 21. ... Ra8."
Nov-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Everett>: There have been times I wished the self-delete feature lasted longer than one hour on posts outside one's own forum page. It has crossed my mind that, perhaps, I should blow the whistle on a few of my posts!
May-28-14  Dobril: I think if a match between Fischer and Kasparov would have been held in the beginning of the 1980s, Bobby would have won, his endgame playing was far more superior than Garry`s at that time.
May-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <Dobril> But, as Tarrasch said, "Before the endgame, the Gods have placed the middle game". Fischer would first have to reach a playable endgame against Kasparov.
May-28-14  Dobril: He could surely do that plenty of games. Not necessary to remind that his middle game was also superior and even better than Karpov`s.
Oct-10-14  yurikvelo: Stockfish deep evaluate:
http://goo.gl/jHvl34
Apr-01-15  wassimgh: Why didnt ksparov take aposition when karpov played B a6 its rather weak
Apr-01-15  Trouble: Karpov is brutal in this game...makes Gary look like an amateur.
Apr-01-15  Trouble: < Dobril: I think if a match between Fischer and Kasparov would have been held in the beginning of the 1980s, Bobby would have won, his endgame playing was far more superior than Garry`s at that time. >

< AylerKupp: <Dobril> But, as Tarrasch said, "Before the endgame, the Gods have placed the middle game". Fischer would first have to reach a playable endgame against Kasparov. >

A match between Fischer and Kasparov would have been strange. Fischer was the best at using his calculating ability to simplify into technical positions where he had the advantage. Kasparov was the best at using his calculating ability to find surprising tactical ideas in the midst of combinations which his opponents were likely to miss. It's also interesting to note that their choices of defense were identical and that they both opted to play sharp and dynamic opening lines whenever possible. Of course, one must assume that Fischer would have an equal level of knowledge about opening theory relative to Kasparov when the match was undertaken. If we assume the match would have taken place in the early to mid 80's, I think Kasparov with White might have the advantage in King's Indian positions because the positional complexity suits Kasparov's playing style better and also because a good antidote to the Bayonet attack wasn't discovered until the early 2000's by Radjabov. In Gruenfeld positions, Bobby Fischer might have been better since Gruenfeld positions tend to be dynamic but more technical. Fischer as White would have certainly played e4 and a Najdorf defense or Scheveningin would have been likely(although Kasparov might have tried to switch his opening repertoire to confuse Fischer). I think by the mid 80's the Fischer Sozin variation was out of style but I could be wrong. The English attack was not known yet, so maybe they would have played a bunch if Najdorf's with Bg5...who knows. In any case they probably would have played some great games and it's hard to pick a favorite in these lines.

Aug-04-15  fisayo123: Almost identical endgame with a similar pawn structure and similar moves.

http://chesstempo.com/gamedb/game/9...

This was one of those pre-arranged games in this match, according to the great Bobby Fischer.

Aug-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <fisayo123: Almost identical endgame with a similar pawn structure and similar moves. http://chesstempo.com/gamedb/game/9...

This was one of those pre-arranged games in this match, according to the great Bobby Fischer.>

That was mentioned here, Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984, on page 2.

Aug-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  der623: This may seem trivial, but after Karpov's 20th move, There are 7 pieces on the A file and 5 of them are Karpov's.
Sep-21-15  thegoodanarchist: This game is a demonstration of how Karpov won against Kasparov early in the match. Karpov, with either White or Black, rapidly gets his pieces more active than Kasparov's, and then wins material.

By denying Kasparov the initiative, Karpov neutralizes his opponent's best weapon.

Here is another example, Karpov's first win of the match:

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984

Oct-16-15  seeminor: Incredible to realise that on move 69 for black Re3+!! is the quickest winning move eg 70.Kxe3 g1=Q or 70. Kd2 Rg3
Oct-16-15
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  offramp: <seeminor: Incredible to realise that on move 69 for black Re3+!! >

That was mentioned here, at www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1067139&kp- age=2#reply42.

Oct-17-15  beatgiant: <seeminor>,<offramp> I seem to be missing something. With 69...Re3+ 70. Kxe3 g1=Q+ Black gets a queen for a rook, but in the game line black will go up a whole rook, which is a larger material advantage. <quickest winning move> means you checked a tablebase and it leads to mate in fewer moves?
Oct-17-15  Howard: Either way, beatgiant, Karpov wins quickly. It's just a matter of taste.
Oct-17-15  beatgiant: <Howard>
I did check a tablebase, and <seeminor> and <offramp> are right that their line leads to mate in fewer moves. Karpov's choice is a more human preference (<rook vs nothing> is a little easier than <queen vs rook>).
Oct-17-15
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  offramp: <beatgiant: <Howard> I did check a tablebase, and <seeminor> and <offramp> are right ...>

However, I do agree with you that, "in the game line black will go up a whole rook, which is a larger material advantage," because for a human Q v R can be very tricky. But K+R v K is totally straightforward.

Kasparov would not, however, have tried out the World Champion's knowledge of Q v R if Karpov had played 69...Re3+, especially as I believe an adjournment was due at move 72.

So I believe Karpov played the best move, definitely the one that made his opponent resign the soonest.

Oct-18-15  Howard: Oh, I couldn't agree more ! As a computer demonstrated earlier that year, in 1984, when playing Q v R against the late Walter Browne, that ending can be a lot trickier than some people realize.

Karpov definitely made the smarter choice.

Oct-18-15  seeminor: Yeah 69.Re3+ is mate in 19 apparently,
70.Kxe3 g1=Q+
71.Ke2 Qg2+
72.Ke3 Qe3+
73.Ke4 Qf4+
74.Kd3 Qxf5+
75.Kc4 Qe4+
76.Kb3 Qd3+
77.Ka2 Qc2+
78.Ka3 Qc3+
79.Ka4 Qxh8
80.Kb4 Kf4
81.Kc4 Ke4
82.Kc5 Qe8
83.Kc4 Qc6+
84.Kb4 Kd3
85.Kb3 Qb6+
86.Ka3 Kc3
87.Ka2 Qb2#
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