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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990), Lyon FRA, rd 22, Dec-26
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
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  wwall: Or 36...Qf6 37.Qxf6 gxf6 38.Bxc5 (or 38.b6) 38...Bxc5 39.h4 should draw.

After 36...Bd6, Black threatens 37...Qa1+ 38.Bc1 Qxc1 mate.

After 37.g3, White threatens 38.Bxh6 Kxh6 39.Qg6 mate.

After 39.Bd4, White threatens 40.Qxh6+ and 40.f6 gxf6 41.Bxf6+. If 39...Kg8, then 40.Bxg7 Qxg7 41.Qxd6.

Oct-24-08  Brown: <wwall> Thanks for the analysis, though after 38.Bxh6, black could respond Qe1+
Feb-15-09  penarol: After this game, Kasparov arrived to 12 points and held the title. Or am I mistaken?

So the remaining two games were for the money (375.000 dollars are no peanuts...)

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  Jim Bartle: That's correct. Aside from the money, I'm sure Kasparov wanted to be able to say he'd won the match, rather than just retained the title.
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  Knight13: Still, a very nice try on the side of Karpov.
Feb-11-11  nelech: In his book Kasparov writes that 39 b6! should have won after 39 ... Nd7? and after 39... Nb7? but he does not analyse the apparently saving move : 39 ... Be5 . ( He mentionned this move in the video made after the match )
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