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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985), Moscow URS, rd 1, Sep-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0


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  acirce: Mark Dvoretsky reminds us that "If the problems of a position cannot be solved by normal means, drastic ones must be considered" and suggests 18...bxc5 instead of 18...Nc7?

(18...bxc5 19. Nxc8+ Rdxc8 20. Bb7 Rxb7 21. Rxb7 cxd4 22. Rxa7 Nc5 23. Rb1 e5 with "excellent compensation for the sacrificed exchange. If White advances his a-pawn, his rook will never be able to escape from a7".

Or 19. Rxb8 Nxb8 20. dxc5 Na6! 21. Nxc8+ Rxc8 22. Bb7 Rxc5! 23. Bxc6 Ra5 24. Bc8! Rxa2+ 25. Ke3 Kd8 26. Bb7 Rc2 27. Ra1 Rxc3 28. Rxa7 with a drawish ending.)

May-20-04  mtatewaki: 24.kd3 is ok but kasparov later found effective wa to win: 24.ra4 bc4 25.bb7 b5 26.d7!!
Apr-09-07  Fisheremon: Black's Queen route from move 6 seemed to be quite doubtful, especially: 11...Qc3? (relatively better 11...Qxa2). After 20...Ne8? 21.Nxe8 Kxe8 the position was totally lost for Black.
Feb-15-08  notyetagm: <mtatewaki: 24.kd3 is ok but kasparov later found effective wa to win: 24.ra4 bc4 25.bb7 b5 26.d7!!>

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Apr-16-08  Knight13: <Fisheremon: Black's Queen route from move 6 seemed to be quite doubtful...> Yes. especially 10...Qxb2?, in my opinion. Taking on c4's better.
Sep-19-09  WhiteRook48: what about 26 d7?
Sep-19-09  WhiteRook48: by the way the queen can't take on c4 on move 10
Dec-27-09  Hesam7: <<5 g3>

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Here Karpov thought for nearly half an hour. Strangely enough the then fashionable Romanishin variation had never occurred in any of his or my games, although it was in the opening repertoire of several of the champion's helpers. Moreover, it could well be assumed that he would never have devoted much attention to it, reckoning that I was unlikely to employ it in the match. Add to this the particular importance of the first game, and it is not hard to understand why the initial five moves took Karpov 50 minutes (an unprecedented occurrence in his games!).> "Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-1985" by Kasparov

Dec-27-09  Hesam7: Also Kasparov agrees with Dvoretsky's analysis regarding 18. ... bxc5! which is posted by <acirce>.
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  offramp: This was Kasparov's third win in three games against Karpov. That was very rare in those days.
Sep-10-11  vulcan20: 11...Qxa2 is met by 12. Qd4 0-0 13. Qc3!

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White is threatening Ra1. The only ways back for Black's queen are to the squares a6 and a4. In either case, White plays Bg2 when Black no longer has a good response to Ra1.

Jul-06-13  The Rocket: Na6 is an awful game continuation from the positional Karpov, it never becomes a very good piece. Nc6 is much preferred.

Interesting opening variation here.

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  whiteshark: Daniel ♔ made a fine video commenting on this game:
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  offramp: First game of the match. Karpov plays Nimzo-Indian and is lost by move 17. His supporters, like me, were upset.
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  thegoodanarchist: Kasparov handles the rook endgame well here.
Aug-21-17  Toribio3: Kasparov is at his best in an uncompromising chess battle!
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