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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
"From Russia with Luft" (game of the day Jan-09-13)
Karpov-Kasparov World Championship Match (1985)  ·  Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0
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  Jim Bartle: Interested but way too tough for me.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <nelech> Try 37 Re3.

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Now for example, if black continues with 37Qd8, then 38 Rf7+. (Black cannot play R8g7 because his queen will be lost after Rxg7+).

After 38Kh8 39 Ree7 wins. (39Rxg2+ 40 Kf1 R8g6 41 Rh7+ Kg8 42 Qd4!)

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Feb-10-09  nelech: I see . Thanks Jimfromprovidence . Nice and convincing
Jan-17-10  shreyaslathi: PPL ghosh i thught thos e last plight checks by karpov was just out of frustations indeed it is stalemate position had kasparov taken t rook !!!!!!! beautiful even l,ossing still fighting true champion !!!!!!!!
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  HeMateMe: What happened? Why didn't they finish the match?
Aug-20-11  positionalgenius: see the WCC history for full breakdowns.
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  HeMateMe: I just read through it. Seems Karpov was getting migraines, or something like that.
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  HeMateMe: I read, I think in the USA Chess LIfe, that Karpov was going to a sanitorium, as he exhausted all of his rest days. There were rumours that doctors were pumping him up with stimulants, and his body was wearing down because of the repeated use of these barbituate like cocktails.

Hard to know for sure, there doesn't appear to be any definitive authority on what was really going on. Kasparov's comments can often be self serving, so he is not always the most truthful observer. Karpov hasn't said much publicly about what must have been a very painful experience for him. He essentially lost his title in this match, even though the continuation would be a match reset to 0-0, with a fixed length of 24 games. He was up 5-0, and blew it.

I look for 1) statements made in public at the time by either player, and 2) the actual chess games, which tell how the tide was turning. Everything else has holes in it.

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  al wazir: 67...Ra4. Now what? How does white finish?

I see 68. Kd3 Rf4 69. Ke3 Ra4 70. Kf3 Ra3+ 71. Kf4 Ra4+ 72. Kg3 Ra3+ 73. Kh4 Ra1 74. Rxh7 Rh1+ 75. Kg3 Rg1+ 76. Kf3 Rf1+ 77. Kg2 Rf4 78. Kg3 Kg5.

I don't seem to be making much progress. There must be a better way.

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  triangulation: <al wazir: 67...Ra4. Now what? How does white finish? I see 68. Kd3 Rf4 69. Ke3 Ra4 70. Kf3 Ra3+ 71. Kf4 Ra4+ 72. Kg3 Ra3+ 73. Kh4 Ra1 74. Rxh7 Rh1+ 75. Kg3 Rg1+ 76. Kf3 Rf1+ 77. Kg2 Rf4 78. Kg3 Kg5.

I don't seem to be making much progress. There must be a better way.>

Now, simply 79. Rg7+ and game over?

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  Honza Cervenka: I think that 23...Bf6 could have been a better defense for black.
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  King Sacrificer: I find the pawn-winning combo after 30. Rde3 beautiful.
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  Honza Cervenka: And maybe 19...h6 deserved attention.
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  Honza Cervenka: <King Sacrificer: I find the pawn-winning combo after 30. Rde3 beautiful.> Yes, it is pretty. But it is just a culmination of very powerful attack against almost perfect defence. After the 23rd move, when black could have tried 23...Bf6!? instead of 23...Bf8, I see no opportunity for black to improve his play.
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  Garech: Brilliant pun! But where is the luft?


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  Abdel Irada: <Honza Cervenka: And maybe 19...h6 deserved attention.>

Agreed. My initial impression on playing through the game was that 19. ...g6 is compromising on the face of it, and the tactical exploitation Kasparov found seems to vindicate this impression.

Perhaps Karpov was concerned about pressure on his c-pawn after a later Rc1 and Bf5, but I think his resources are adequate with, e.g., ...Qc6, more or less forcing an exchange and posting the bishop on c6. Meanwhile, the sacrifice Bh6 doesn't look sound.

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  morfishine: So, if its not true that Karpov was on the point of physical collapse, then this supports Kasparov's other contention that the termination of the match was politically motivated.
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  waustad: With the pun I assumed that it would be a back rank issue somewhere, but a Zugzwang to give the king Luft to defeat the stalemate trap is rather nice.
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  maxi: It's not that Karpov is a tactically weak player; he is an excellent tactician. It's more that Kasparov was a monster tactician.
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  kevin86: Here is a marathon game in this marathon match. Kaspy's last trick is not to sucuumb to the stalemate trap.
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  kevin86: In dact,it was the final game...before "the authorities" stopped it.
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  al wazir: <triangulation: Now, simply 79. Rg7+ and game over?> Right, 78...Kg5 was a mistake; 78...Rf1 would have been better. But there must be a win that takes less than a dozen moves.
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  ajk68: <nelech: in his last book kasparov gives this variation: 29 ...Rf4 30 Bd5 ed5 31 Qe5 Rf8 32 Rdf3 Rfg8 33 b4! Qe8 34 Qd4 h6? 35 Rf6! Kh7 36 Qh4>

Any reason why 33...Qe8, and not Qe7...?

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  WannaBe: Truly bad, bad, Ian Fleming would be rollin' over in his grave by now.
Jun-02-13  pathfinder: great match this.i'm gonna look at the famous "octopus knight game", meet you there ;)
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