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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"The Brisbane Bombshell" (game of the day Nov-05-08)
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Gary Gambit (B44)  ·  0-1
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  offramp: I consider this game dans sa totalité as dross.
But 8....d5! is superb. I have seen that supposed Be3 refutation and I'm not certain. Who wouldn't like to play it on ICC?
Mar-17-14  LIFE Master AJ:
Mar-17-14  LIFE Master AJ: This is game # 89 in the Soltis book, "The 100 Best."
Jun-11-14  cplyakap: 37...Rc1!! is immortal.
Jul-02-15  Bobby Spassky: One of the greatest games and nobody has commented on it in ten years! Seirawan has a video of this game on youtube.
Jul-02-15  ughaibu: Fifteen minus fourteen is usually held to equal one.
Jul-03-15  Bobby Spassky: My mistake. I was on an earlier comment page.
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  Joshka: I think his Gambit was refuted shortly after this match.
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  perfidious: <Joshka> Do not believe Karpov vs Van der Wiel, 1986 is still considered an outright refutation, but it marked the end of 8....d5 in top-level play, at any rate.
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  Joshka: <perfidious> Yes it seems like Karpov had the upper hand, but could not take the full point somehow.......doesn't seem to be played anymore at the top level like you many games one plays over where one player is a pawn up, but still nothing doing, sometimes it's not enough to win...maybe some computer input is needed!;-)
Aug-24-15  SpiritedReposte: For me this game is up there with the greatest games ever.

In that youtube video linked by <ex0duz> Kasparov notes that <23. ...Nd7> prevents Whites natural move <24. Nb2> because of <24. ...Qf6! 25. Nxd3 Bxd3 26. Qxd3 Ne5!> and the queen is trapped in the middle of the board!

Very nice sideline in this amazing game.

Aug-24-15  RookFile: Kasparov learned from Alekhine, and certainly Alekhine would have been proud to have played such a splendid and deep game.
Jan-11-16  Aaron Wang: I thought Karpov was his teacher
Apr-08-16  The Kings Domain: One fact I've noticed in playing and analyzing the Kasparov-Karpov matches is how deep and complex they are. Nothing fancy or brilliant in the games but appealing in their maturity and complexity. One gets the impression studying the games that one is in the presence of two adults in their prime at their best. The K-K bouts make Fischer's and Tal's more memorable games seem like impulsive bursts of talented adolescents. The Kasparov-Karpov championship matches were one of a kind. It was the last great era of the game.
Apr-08-16  not not: you could not give Capa a pawn on move eight and then try to outplay him in a lively tactical middle-game

Alechine tried it few times and learnt it hard way - all you simply get each time is an ending pawn down against chess machine

I just cannot somehow imagine Capa losing to "Gary Gambit"; he did not lose to Marschall Gambit which is sound (accoring to computer's evaluation); i wonder what does computer says abut this gambit?

May-23-16  Joker2048: This is one of the most beautiful game I have ever seen... Very nice game by Garry Kasparov.
Karpov has nothing to say in this game.
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  offramp: <Joker2048:...Karpov has nothing to say in this game.>

Which is why I don't like it. Karpov was tripped up in the opening and never got into the game. It is a bit like Schlechter vs W John, 1905, a one-sided game.

It's exactly like seeing the Harlem Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals.

Some people in the audience will be going ecstatic but some, like me, would be saying "What's this garbage? I'd rather see a real competitive game."

May-25-16  Joker2048: Karpov has nothing to say in this game because kasparov don't let him.. With this beautiful play there is no one can resist against kasparov.
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  offramp: <Joker2048: Karpov has nothing to say in this game because kasparov don't let him.. With this beautiful play there is no one can resist against kasparov.>

Which is why I don't like it. Karpov was tripped up in the opening and never got into the game. It is a bit like Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985, a one-sided game.

It's exactly like seeing Pakistan Railways playing Dera Ishmail Khan.

Some people in the audience will be going ecstatic but some, like me, would be saying "What's this garbage? I'd rather see a real competitive game."

May-31-16  Joker2048: Garbage!!?
I think you are confuse because karpov never had a creative game like this. If they play their match for ever still this is kasparov who could win and such a great win. Kasparov deserve what he achieved.
The greatest and best player of all time.
May-31-16  RookFile: I think many of us would have played 12.0-0 without a second thought, as Karpov did. Shows why chess is a tough game. The superior 12. Be3 is only something you come up with after first losing your way with 12. 0-0.
Jul-05-16  Bhoop Nath: on the move 8th john emms wrote in his book"200 Amamzing chess moves-d5!!is a Magnificent move but i don't believe this how can it be a possible??
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  john barleycorn: <Bhoop Nath> 8....d5 was showered with praise and so was Kasparov. Further investigations showed 2 things

a) it was not a novelty

b) it was not the egg of Columbus

Jul-30-16  j4jishnu: 16. Kd3 is a masterpiece. Had there been a Nobel Prize for Chess, this game of Kasparov would definitely win it. Kudos Kasparov.
Aug-02-16  j4jishnu: This is definitely my personal favourite game of all time. My second favourite is Viswanathan Anand vs Veselin Topalov titled "23rd Century Chess" played at the MTel Masters (2005).
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