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Anatoly Karpov vs Anthony Miles
"The 'Incorrect' Opening" (game of the day Nov-04-04)
01, EU-chT Skara ;EU-chT 1980  ·  St. George Defense: General (B00)  ·  0-1
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Apr-26-10  RandomVisitor: After 3...Bb7:


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Rybka 3:

[+0.59] d=21 4.Bd3 Nf6

[+0.58] d=21 4.Nbd2 Nf6

[+0.57] d=21 4.a4 Bxe4 5.Nc3

Jan-06-11  jkromero05: Karpov may have felt to confident
Jan-06-11
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  keypusher: <Kingdumb: This is a perfect example of how you can psych someone out of his game. By playing this opening against Karpov, Miles laughs in the man's face and does to him what you would only expect to happen to a 5 year old child who takes a tantrum because you called him a cootie. Karpov should have known better than to let this defense get to him and crush Miles like an egg as any GM worth his salt would have done playing against a defense of this nature. Just goes to show you how human even the best of us are.>

Miles tried this approach several times with Karpov. Usually it didn't work.

Karpov vs Miles, 1977

Karpov vs Miles, 1992

Karpov vs Miles, 1978

Feb-24-11  chesswatcher1: This is so wrong
Apr-24-11  Tigranny: This has gotta be one of the world's greatest chess games.
Jun-25-11
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  SamAtoms1980: <Qb6: I think Karpov was annoyed because of 1. ... a6, you don't order pizza when the King visits you for dinner.>

Tim Krabbe also made this remark in 2000:

http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/tour/br...

I don't know. It's St. George, not Di Giorno.

Jun-25-11
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  OhioChessFan: Team White vs Team Black, 2006

A team game where Black <votes> to play 1...a6

Oct-03-11
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  Cemoblanca: 1...a6!!!

The "Lord of the Apes" opening! :D

Oct-03-11
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  Cemoblanca: <SamAtoms1980: I don't know. It's St. George, not Di Giorno.>

I know only "Buon Giorno". ;0)

...and in this sense... have a nice day peeps. It's late here in europe! ;0)

May-19-12  Qb6: <SamAtoms1980> Indeed - I remembered seeing that comment somewhere and quoted it, but couldn't find it (it was on an entry talking about 4.Nxe5 in the Four Knights', not 1.e4 a6).
Jul-15-12
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  SetNoEscapeOn: One of very few moments of joy for Karpov's opponents during his 10 year "iron fist" reign of terror of the chess world.
Sep-07-12
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  Travis Bickle: Typical Russkie, his opponent outplayed "The World Champion" by throwing opening preparation out the window and Karpov complains that he didn't play the correct opening. LOL!

P.S. I guess nobody from The Kremlin told Karpov all's fair in love and war! ; P

Sep-07-12
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  Travis Bickle: <SetNoEscapeOn: One of very few moments of joy for Karpov's opponents during his 10 year "iron fist" reign of terror of the chess world.> Here's another joyous moment in that iron fisted reign of terror. ; P

P.S. I wonder if Fischer would have lost to Larry Christiansen so quickly? lol

Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993

Sep-07-12
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  keypusher: <P.S. I wonder if Fischer would have lost to Larry Christiansen so quickly? lol>

Coward wouldn't have showed up. So, yeah. Zero moves. Quicker.

Sep-07-12
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  keypusher: <Travis Bickle: Typical Russkie, his opponent outplayed "The World Champion" by throwing opening preparation out the window and Karpov complains that he didn't play the correct opening. LOL!>

Typical jingo fanatic. If you scroll down the page, you will learn that Miles regularly "threw opening preparation out the window" with Black against Karpov, and regularly got crushed doing it.

Sep-07-12
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  perfidious: Karpov could have avoided the ignominy of posters ragging him to this day by playing on as Black did in this game (Nunn vs Kiril Georgiev, 1988) after move ten, though Nunn, in his best games collection, wryly noted-and I'm paraphrasing-'....If Black's motive in playing on was to make the game less publishable, it didn't work, as some magazines had Black resigning at move ten!'.
Nov-29-12  jancotianno: I just faced this opening two days ago :P i didn't blow my opponent away but managed to win fairly comfortably.
Jan-30-13  x1134x: @AW1988: If you played: 1. e4 a6 2. d4 b5 3. c4 Bb7 4. Nc3 d6 then you made the first mistake missing 4. .. b4! Black wins the e pawn! (If Nd5, e6 boots it and lets the bishop defend b4) and then the Bishop at b7 gets the white e pawn for free. Its a classic St George trap, comes up in many of its configurations.
Mar-22-13  engmaged: a6 is pure psychological move. It is main purpose to distract the opponent's mind and makes him wonder "Is he taking me easy? How disrespectful of him! what if i lost with such an opening with white? to me it is not pure fair play!
Nov-05-13  capafischer1: let us not forget karpov's lifetime score against miles was 13 wins versus only 2 losses.
Apr-04-14  epicchess: Indeed, Miles played this to unnerve Karpov. Due to Karpov's seniority, he "needed" to win, and the move a6 was a spit in his face. Miles was not a good man, nor a particularly good chess player, for that matter.
Apr-04-14
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  perfidious: <epicchess: Due to Karpov's seniority, he "needed" to win....>

'Seniority' being that Karpov was older by four years, or the world champion?

<Miles was not a good man, nor a particularly good chess player, for that matter.>

Miles had his failings, same as anyone else, but as a player who proclaims himself 2500 level, you should be well aware that to refer to him as not being 'a particularly good player' is bollocks. The man would have mopped the floor with you, no matter what a piece of shyte you consider him.

Apr-04-14  Petrosianic: <keypusher>: <Typical jingo fanatic. If you scroll down the page, you will learn that Miles regularly "threw opening preparation out the window" with Black against Karpov, and regularly got crushed doing it.>

I see what you mean. +2-12=14 against Karpov for Miles. But there may have been method to the madness. In his book on the 1978 Match, Keene mentioned offbeat openings as a possible weakness of Karpov's, and showed some example where he played very shakily against the Center Game, and only drew against a very weak opponent. That may have been Miles' thinking, although it only granted very limited success. Still, people remember the one time it worked.

Did Karpov himself complain that the opening was incorrect, or is that just Travis being Travis again?

Apr-04-14
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  offramp: Miles had no failings; his brain did.
Apr-04-14  epicchess: perfidous. I am reffering to his world champion title. And, he probably wouldn't have mopped the floor with me. With a opening like that, anyone who is a player in practice over 2500 would crush him. So I would. Also, when I said not a particularly good player, i meant for his level, not for you.
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