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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"Rated G" (game of the day Mar-26-11)
Linares ;CBM 34 Anand (1993)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E86)  ·  0-1
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Mar-26-11  azax: I'm not sure if anyone else has posted this, but there's a cool story that goes along with this game too. Karpov had something on the scale of 1 minute on his clock after move 24, and when Kasparov played ...cxd1, he shouted "Queen!" No queen was at hand, so the arbiter ran to get one on Kaspy's time. He hit the clock, and Karpov immediately slammed down Qxe4 (Garry then pointed out that he was in check, and responded with "From what? It might be a bishop on d1."). The clocks were paused, a hissy fit was thrown, and Karpov got an extra two minutes (much good it did him). The entire thing could've been avoided, of course, by 24. ...cxd1(R)+!
Mar-26-11
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  tamar: Just imagine if Kasparov then said, okay, you pick, knight or bishop!

A quick check with Rybka shows Black wins in either case after 25 Qxe4, but the knight promotion is itself a brilliancy.

24...cxd1B 25 Qxe4 Bxb3 26 Nc1 ( 26 Qxb4 Bxa2) Nc5

24...cxd1N! 25 Qxe4 Nf6!
26 Qd3 Qb6 27 Qxd1 Bg4 28 Be2 Ne4! 29 Rf1 Rd8 30 Qc1 Bxe2 31 Kxe2 Rd3 and with Qd4 coming White is helpless.


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Mar-26-11  WhiteRook48: the pun is absolutely terrible
Mar-26-11  carl giraffe: thanks Dom! <Looks like Black can play 15.Na4 Rxa4!>

I considered Rxa4 but didnt see how powerful the Nc4 continuation was. Seems like all of white's pieces are running out of squares/ fumbling all over one another.

Mar-28-11
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  kevin86: white's knights look like they're "horse de combat". lol
Mar-28-11  fab4: What was wrong with 20.Qe3 then Nd2 for Karpov? What am I missing?

21.h4 ,as the game panned out, does'nt help things, Qe3 looks better here too.

Mar-28-11  fab4: I can see the knight sac on e4, then Re8/Ba6 ect.. but white seems to have enough here to escape..
Mar-29-11
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  al wazir: <redorc19> and <Phony Benoni>: The complications are mindbending. I don't feel at all embarrassed at not having seen the continuations. Thanks.
Apr-11-11
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  LIFE Master AJ: My analysis of this game ... http://www.lifemasteraj.com/old_af-....
May-11-11
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  DarthStapler: tamar, your diagram has black's king on e1 while your line has it on e2
May-11-11
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  tamar: <DarthStapler> I left out a move in the knight promotion variation. Not that it matters, as Kasparov obviously would take a queen there, but Black wins even if he takes bishop or knight

Corrected variation:

<24...cxd1N! 25 Qxe4 Nf6!
26 Qd3 Qb6 27 Qxd1 Bg4 28 Be2 Ne4! 29 Rf1 Rd8 30 Qc1 Bxe2 31 Kxe2 Ng3+ 32 Ke1 Rd3 and with Qd4 coming White is helpless.

Jul-05-11
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  LIFE Master AJ: (another) One of Garry Kasparov's great brilliancies ... (against some guy I have never heard of).
Jul-06-11  SirChrislov: sorry about the lameness of the pun.

my chess: imaginative. puns: not so much.

Jul-23-11
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  wordfunph: Quote of the Game..

"The whole board is black."

- Garry Kasparov

Source: Linares! Linares! A Journey into the Heart of Chess by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam

Jul-24-11  shadowleaf04: I remember after the game, Kasparov said that this was his best ever win over Karpov at that time. It was Power Chess personified!
Jul-24-11
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  perfidious: <Domdaniel: <scormus> I agree that the Samisch variation itself is responsible for many of White's problems. White's slow development so easily leads to trouble, especially against dynamic players such as Kasparov......>

The Saemisch isn't that bad-I played it against players up to GM level for 25 years on a regular basis-but it isn't the easiest line to handle, either, as White cedes an advantage in development and can easily come into difficulties if, as here, Black manages to obtain his central play.

Sep-19-11
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  Cemoblanca: <al-wazir: What happens after 24.Rc1?>

24.Rc1 Nxe5!(!) and the diagonal c8-g4 is fatal for white.

25.Rxc2 Bg4!(!) loses more material and finally the game.

26.Rd2 Nxd2 27.fxe5 Ne4! and the malicious B threatens # again! ;0)

27.Be2 Bxe2! 29.Kxe2 was finally eliminated, but the price for this was simply too high.

29...Ng3+! 30.Kf2 Nxh1+ 31.Qxh1 Qd4+! and the king is caught in the center!

Mar-05-12  screwdriver: Looks like Karpov resigned because he would've lost his knight on b1 if play continued. 28. Rg1 Bf5+ 29.Kb2 Rd1 and white's knight on b1 has no where to go and nothing to protect it from the double hit of the bishop and rook.
Dec-19-12  Catfriend: <screwdriver: Looks like Karpov resigned because he would've lost his knight on b1 if play continued. 28. Rg1 Bf5+ 29.Kb2 Rd1 and white's knight on b1 has no where to go and nothing to protect it from the double hit of the bishop and rook.>

Karpov resigned due to much worse problems than that.

Even in your line, 28. Rg1?? Bf5+ 29. Kb2?? Nd1+ and 30..Nb3#

Slightly better is 29. Bd3 Rxd3 30. g4 Nxg4, 0-1.

But even the best, 28. Nxb4 Nxh1, just drops a rook.

Mar-02-13
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  SetNoEscapeOn: Anand 1993...?
Aug-11-13  leka: KamikazeAttack DomDaniel.You are totally wrong.The today the top ten could beat every world champions.It is totally wrong.The Candidates tournament in 2013 was the most awful tournament for long time.Carlsen won 8.5/14.The top ten todays players made mistakes.Capablanca or Fischer never made the big mistakes.Capablanca would be today world number two rating 2847 easily.The players like P.Morphy Zukertort Lasker Capablanca Alekhine Tal Botvinnik Fischer Karpov Kasparov would beat the top ten players today easily
Dec-16-13
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  MarkFinan: There's some really questionable moves by Karpov throughout this game and he gets soundly and slowly thrashed, but I don't understand 25.kxQ?? I would have thought QxQ was better, although it's of course already over by then. I always liked Kasparov out of any other chess player until Carlsen came along, but id be very surprised if Carlsen is WCC for the same length of time Kasparov was.

Mar-02-14
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  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.lifemasteraj.com/old_af-...

My web page, now completely redone, even the broken links have been fixed.

Mar-02-14
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  john barleycorn: << Mar-02-14 Premium Chessgames Member by courtesy of John Barleycorn>< LIFE Master AJ>: http://www.lifemasteraj.com/old_af-...

My web page, now completely redone, even the broken links have been fixed.>>

Yes, it is re-done and why not improved?

The name is Saemisch not Samisch.

12.cxb5 was a mistake according to Anand who commented this game. 12.c5 could have been a test for Sxe5.

White actually played 25.Qe4???? in great time trouble. the story was told here already:

<Mar-26-11 azax: I'm not sure if anyone else has posted this, but there's a cool story that goes along with this game too. Karpov had something on the scale of 1 minute on his clock after move 24, and when Kasparov played ...cxd1, he shouted "Queen!" No queen was at hand, so the arbiter ran to get one on Kaspy's time. He hit the clock, and Karpov immediately slammed down Qxe4 (Garry then pointed out that he was in check, and responded with "From what? It might be a bishop on d1."). The clocks were paused, a hissy fit was thrown, and Karpov got an extra two minutes (much good it did him). The entire thing could've been avoided, of course, by 24. ...cxd1(R)+!>

Apr-28-14  Eusebius: It's a wonderful story. "From what? It might be a bishop on d1". Hahaha. Excellent. Chess history is full of amusing stories.
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