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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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  Abdel Irada: <Pun: A blue ship crashed into a red ship. Both ships sank. Besides the massive loss of life, the survivors were marooned>

Now, now. Our elections aren't *that* bad.

Mar-22-13  blunderclap: <Whats an 'A'-train?> It's from a jazz song.

According to wiki:

"Take the 'A' Train" is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra."

"The title refers to the relatively new A subway service that runs through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn (opened in 1936) up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using an express track section (opened in 1932) in Manhattan."

Mar-22-13  goodevans: <WhiteRook48: what about 70 Rg8+>

70.Rg8+ Kf3 is an easy win.

Did you mean "What about 71.Rg8+?", in which case <Honza Cervenka> gave the answer a few pages back: "It is quite basic Rook ending worth to remember. The course of the ending could have been 71.Rg8+ Kh3 72.Rh8+ Kg3 73.Rg8+ Kh2 74.Rh8+ Kg1 75.Rg8 Rh5 76.Rg7 Kh2 77.Kf2 g1=Q+ 78.Rxg1 Rf5+ 79.Ke2 Kxg1 etc."

<jonjon2034> and <Eyal> discuss the variation with <75.Rh3> a few posts above this one, and I think another variation is worth a mention: <75.Rh7 Re5+ 76.Kd2 Kf2 77.Rf7+ Kg3 78.Rg7+ Kf3 79.Rf7+ Kg4> when the white K now is too far from the action to prevent the promotion.

Mar-22-13  cunctatorg: This is one of the most emblematic and fascinating games, I have ever seen ... but not the only one such a victory of Anatoly against Garry!!

However Garry Kasparov had achieved victories of such a calibre against Anatoly Karpov, particularly the last decisive games of the 1986 and 1987 matches!!

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  morfishine: <Abdel Irada> I agree with your comment: <Now, now. Our elections aren't *that* bad> Some are excellent! However, its seems a considerable number of these puns are not chess-related and merely reference a past movie, celebrity, song or cliche...oh well, its all in fun...perhaps I'm too picky

<blunderclap> Thanks for the info on the 'A'-train I had no idea

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  kevin86: This game is one of the early Karpov wins. What started out as a milk run,turned into a titanic marathon-eventually stopped by "the authorities".

Kasparov was to win the rest of the matches vs Karpov and take the title.

Mar-22-13  Willber G: Maybe I'm blind, but how does black win after 71.Rg8+
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  WannaBe: <Willber G> 71...Kh3
Mar-22-13  Everett: <Kasparov was to win the rest of the matches vs Karpov and take the title>

They drew in '87.

Mar-22-13  goodevans: <Willber G: Maybe I'm blind...>

... or maybe you just haven't looked hard enough. There are six pages of posting on this game so there's a chance your question has already been answered.

Mar-22-13  goodevans: <morfishine: - its seems a considerable number of these puns are not chess-related...>

I'm happy as long as the pun relates in some way to the game. I guess today's is a reference to moves 47 to 43 when the a-pawn steams down the track, but I grant you it's a bit tenuous.

Mar-22-13  Everett: <goodevans: <morfishine: - its seems a considerable number of these puns are not chess-related...> I'm happy as long as the pun relates in some way to the game. I guess today's is a reference to moves 47 to 43 when the a-pawn steams down the track, but I grant you it's a bit tenuous.>

Hilarious. Take your own advice and look at the the previous six pages, and maybe a closer look at the game itself.

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  morfishine: <Everett> Take it easy on the guy; Its obvious the 'A'-train refers to the a-pawn...duhhh...The problem lies in connecting the pun to a song written 74 years ago...
Mar-22-13  goodevans: <morfishine> Thanks, but I'm big enough to take something like that on the chin. <Everett> has me bang to rights, although in my defence I'd point out that I never asked what the pun was about, merely posited a guess. I have to admit, though, that the juxtaposition lends some comic effect.
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  Shams: I haven't read the previous six pages but my guess would be that the pun refers to the arrangement of pieces on the a-file after Black's 20th.
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  Sneaky: You say <a song written 74 years ago> as if that's a bad thing. It's a jazz staple, and it's immortal. Just like Bach, Mozart, and Stephen Foster.

About the game: Am I the only one who was hoping for 21...Ra8 just for the sheer comedic value?

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  WannaBe: <Willber G> Go to and input the position.
Mar-22-13  Everett: I could have posted something much nicer. I wish I wasn't such a jerk at times on this site, right or wrong.

Apologies for being rough around the edges (and maybe through the middle, too).

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  Abdel Irada: Remarkable to consider that White was actually a pawn *up* after 57. Rxh6, but appears to lose by force.
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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."
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  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!
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