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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990), Lyon FRA, rd 14, Nov-26
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Richard Taylor: They were both in time trouble but Karpov may have had winning chances with 37 ... Rf2 despite some checks by Kasparov.
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  Richard Taylor: In the match with Anand the game deiviated with 9...g5! Then in the next Scotch Kasparov came up with another move...
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  Richard Taylor: I got that (slightly) wrong the game where Anand played 9 ... g5 was a draw and then there were no more Scotch openings in the Kasparov - Anand match.
Jun-12-08  ToTheDeath: "One of the best games which we played during this match." - Karpov.

Kasparov was critical 14.Qd2 and the ensuing complications- 14.Re1, winning back the pawn and playing for an endgame advantage was the corrrect strategy he said afterwards.

21...Ne4 22.f3? Nxg3! was a cute trap which Kasparov probably saw in a millisecond.

Karpov praised 32.Qf1 as an excellent defensive move in time pressure. The subsequent return of the exchange by Black ensured the draw.

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  Peligroso Patzer: This was the game in which Kasparov revived the Scotch opening, which had long been regarded as offering no real prospects for a meaningful White advantage. Although this hard-fought game ended in a draw, Kasparov collected a full point with the Scotch (after 102 moves!) in the next game of this match in which he played White: Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 .

Alekhine was among those who long since had written off the Scotch. In commenting upon White’s “singular” 6th move (6. Nd2) in this game: Tartakower vs Ed Lasker, 1924 , he sardonically wrote the following: “Predicated upon a few positional traps, it is not likely that it will open a new horizon for the sober and colorless Scotch opening.” (“New York 1924”, by Alekhine, Alexander, Russell Enterprises, Inc. © 2008, at page 128.) Although Alekhine seems to have been correct regarding 6. Nd2, his wholesale dismissal of the Scotch was less-well justified.

Jul-01-09  Knight13: <21...Ne4 22.f3? Nxg3! was a cute trap which Kasparov probably saw in a millisecond.> That move wasn't meant as a trap. It was simply the best move to go about Black's plan. And Karpov didn't mean it for Kasparov to fall in to it.
Jul-19-11  Ghuzultyy: Great game, very fun to analyse.
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  offramp: It's a pity Karpov didn't try out the famous 4...Qh4 variation. Kasparov would have known that Karpov wouldn't try it. It is not in Karpov's style at all - so perhaps he <should> have tried it?
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