Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
"Crisis in Seville" (game of the day Nov-07-2008)
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987), Seville ESP, rd 24, Dec-18
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense (A13)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 22 times; par: 113 [what's this?]

Annotations by Garry Kasparov.      [1 more game annotated by Kasparov]

explore this opening
find similar games 192 more Kasparov/Karpov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If we are missing an important game, you can submit it (in PGN format) at our PGN Upload Utility.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sularus: <KingG> No problem!

I watched the video again and I am somewhat confused because it says there EXPO'92. I googled EXPO'92 but failed to reconcile 1987 and '92. I am not even sure if the text on the stage says World Chess Championship.

In the end, the position of the pieces settled any doubt on my mind.

Feb-03-10  KingG: <I watched the video again and I am somewhat confused because it says there EXPO'92> I think it was advertising for the 1992 World Exposition(, which was also due to take place in Seville. Kind of like how in the run-up to an Olympics you will see logos all over the place in the city where it is going to take place.
Feb-25-10  nelech: In his book Kasparov gives this winning variation : 33 Qb5! Kh7 34 Nc6 Qa8 35 Qd3+ f5 36 Qd8 Nc5 37 Qe8! f4 38 Kg2 Qb7 39 Bh5 Ne7 40 Kg1! Qd7 (?) 41 Nxe7 but what happen if 40 ...Qxc6 ? I don't see a win there
Sep-02-10  AVRO38: This game is a Reti/Neo-Catalan not an English.
Sep-20-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <nelech>

If 40...Qxc6, then Bg6+! snags black's queen.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: <KingG: <Sularus> Thanks for that. It's amazing that they started analysing the game immediately afterwards. I doubt Karpov was really in the mood, poor guy. He took it quite calmly though. *** >

I am sure Karpov would have taken great satisfaction if he had regained the world championship in this match, but his disappointment was no doubt mitigated by the reflection that he had already had a distinguished ten-year reign as world champion from 1975-1985.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, why do the captions for so many important games in this database have incorrect dates. This game was played December 17-18, 1987 (not January 25th).
Jun-25-12  Akshay999: Why am I unable to see a win for White in this game at the end? Surely Karpov cannot win it... but why resign?
Sep-06-12  Conrad93: 33. Bh5 was probably the move Kasparov meant to play.

After 33...g6 white can sacrifice the bishop with 34. Bxg6!.

The pawn can't be taken because of 34...fxg6 Qxg6 when white is forced to lose material after moving the king.

Sep-06-12  Conrad93: Conrad93: Karpov is forced to the defense of both his pawn and knight, while the white queen and bishop are free to roam all over the board with numerous threats. Karpov would have no choice but eventually lose as he has no way to defend all of his pieces at once.

It would just be slow torture for Karpov, and I'm sure he was already exhausted by this point.

Aug-09-13  landogriffin: @Akshay999: Bd1-f3-e4-xg6
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I could never bear to play through this game more than once. I was rooting for Karpov, and I had predicted to Martin Barkwill that Karpov would win game 23 and then win the title back. KARPOV was do close to proving me right.
Sep-03-15  RookFile: If Karpov could have been prepared to play 1....e5 instead of 1...e6, I think he may have at least drawn this game.
Sep-03-15  Howard: So, where was the point of no return in this very crucial game? In other words, at one point did Karpov throw away the draw for good ?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: <If Karpov could have been prepared to play 1....e5 instead of 1...e6, I think he may have at least drawn this game.>

He had already played it five times in 11 games (2 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw) in this match, so I suspect he was "prepared."

Sep-03-15  Everett: <Sep-03-15 Howard: So, where was the point of no return in this very crucial game? In other words, at one point did Karpov throw away the draw for good ?>

Karpov missed an equalizing improvement before the time control (see previous posts) and then it seems 42..g6 is roundly condemned by most. Perhaps trying to defend Black without the g6-h5 pawn formation is a good place for investigation.

Sep-03-15  RookFile: Sure Jim. I remember some of those games. Evidently Karpov wasn't mentally prepared. Somehow Kasparov knew going into this game it was going to be a long siege, and Karpov was coorperative. As it was, Karpov almost did what he needed to do.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Maybe Karpov thought it would be easier to draw playing the Queens Gambit than the English. But Kasparov played into the Reti.
Sep-04-15  Everett: <Sep-03-15 RookFile: Sure Jim. I remember some of those games. <Evidently Karpov wasn't mentally prepared.> Somehow Kasparov knew going into this game it was going to be a long siege, and Karpov was coorperative. As it was, Karpov almost did what he needed to do.>

Interesting that you think Karpov's choice of opening came from such a negative place when you have the option many explanations.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Kasparov's task in this most crucial game was not at all simple, his redoubtable challenger having held the balance against both 1.e4 and 1.d4.
Dec-14-16  RookFile: I'm starting to do a study of the English in some depth. It seems to me that the 1. c4 c5 systems give black good play and are tough to beat. I guess Karpov hoped it would be a Queen's Gambit.
Jan-04-17  Goldesel: Did Kasparow have engine access back in 1987 for the adjourned game? The position was not too tricky for the computers back in the days??
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Garry defeated Deep Thought 2-0 in 1989, so it is doubtful a 1987 engine could be used for anything more than a blunder check.
Jul-24-18  Howard: So, exactly where was the point of no return--that is, where did Karpov throw out the draw for good ?

45...h5 seems to be universally labeled as a mistake. But, did Karpov still have a draw before playing that?

Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: <Kasparov: It was without question the loudest and longest standing ovation I had ever received outside my native country. The theater thundered as Spanish television cut from futbol to broadcast the conclusion of the match.>

I just received "thunderous applause" from my family after I read this and didn't roll my eyes in disgust.

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 4)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 4 OF 4 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Blunderdome's favorite games, 2009 and before
by Blunderdome
Garry Kasparov ( 45 - 6 - 1 ) Seville
from 2. Anatoly Karpov [68-12-1] by IsmaelElzara
Crisis in Seville
from iking's favorite games by iking
1987 Winner: Garry Kasparov
from Best of the Best by Penguincw
Mil y Una Partidas 1975-1999
by K9Empress
Notable English
by Pawn N Hand
by larrewl
Classical English opening victories
by adhvaitha
Art of War's favorite games 6
by Art of War
Chapter 2: Winning, Drawing and Losing (Game 15)
from John Emms: Survival Guide to Competitive Chess by cu8sfan
Anatoly Karpov ( 27 - 4 ) Seville
from 3. Garry Kasparov [69-9-1] by IsmaelElzara
Garry Kasparov's Best Games
by mangala
"Three more years!"Kasparov keeps the title in final game
from Great WCC games by positionalgenius
Best Chess Games of All Time
by JoseTigranTalFischer
starscrew85's favorite games
by starscrew85
Hinchliffe's favorite games
by Hinchliffe
Garry Kasparov's Best Games
by KingG
Kasparov vs World Champions Decisive Games
by visayanbraindoctor
Crisis in Seville
from Nova's favorite games continued 4 by Nova
memorable moments from the world chess champs.
by kibitzwc
plus 93 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC