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Nigel Short vs Anatoly Karpov
Candidates semi-final (1992), Linares ESP, rd 6, Apr-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Castling line (C86)  ·  1-0


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Dec-22-08  WhiteRook48: ...Qxd3???? What kind of thing is happening to Karpov?
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: It seems like Rd2 waves a rook in the queen's face.
Dec-24-08  WhiteRook48: Hey d3-Queen, here's a free Rook!
Queen: "Sure, I'll take this dumb rook if you stick it in my face" (takes d2-Rook)
Then bishop snaps off queen.
Short: "Ha ha ha ha ha! I fooled the black queen!"
Dec-24-08  notyetagm: <WhiteRook48: ...Qxd3???? What kind of thing is happening to Karpov?>


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  Jim Bartle: Looking at this game again reminds how things have changed since 1992.

Back then I didn't even know any results from the match until two weeks later when my "Inside Chess" would arrive. Now dozens of kibitzers would be screaming "patzer!" the moment Karpov played Qxd3.

I miss "Inside Chess," but today is better (despite the presence of a few kibitzers not to be named).

Jan-30-09  slomarko: you are right. i hate them too.
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  Jim Bartle: I've got to give it to you on that one, slomarko. Though I didn't say "hate."
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: Karpov played like a patzer, but not in other games
Sep-29-09  heizfeld: All in all not just a gem of chess history. i found this game too plain, not GM-like. probably not Karpov in good shape. @#$% happens, even to the best, right?
Dec-24-09  shreyaslathi: Hello !!!! ppl new up here but thng is tht i thnk for namesake karpov avoided another title battle with kasparov wch in mnd he already lost.TO be kaspy scapegoat again he preffered loss to short shocking but not humiliating. well i dnt knw wht actual conditions tht time. this is just insight ppl if u thnk otherwise do post reply. well after fisher kasparov & karpov no other GM can stand their heights !!!!!!!!
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  Jim Bartle: If (and that's a huge if) he wanted to avoid playing Kasparov again, he still could have won this match and then lost to Timman. This was not the final.
Feb-11-11  Millz: 25.Qxd3?? 1st time a see Karpov makes such a huge blunder.
Feb-11-11  AnalyzeThis: In the final position, Karpov agonized over that little pawn on a3. Remove both those pawns and Karpov can just swap a couple of times on d2 and set up a likely drawing fortress of rook and pawns against queen. Put the pawn on a3 and now white has a way of making another queen.
Nov-23-11  Peter Nemenyi: A disproportionate number of gross blunders by professionals seem to involve backward moves of the opponent's pieces, and Karpov's failure to see that White's bishop commands d2 is a good example.
Jan-22-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: ROOK MIDDLEGAME SKEWER
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  morfishine: Yes <25...Qxd3> is an incredible blooper

Ironically, two short years later, Karpov would win 1994 Linares, posting the greatest single tournament performance of all time!


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  Sally Simpson: Hi Morf,

"...posting the greatest single tournament performance of all time!"

These two are up there alongside it.

Game Collection: Banja Luka 1979

16 year old Kasparov 'ungraded' winning by 1 pts an all play all with a field containing 16 GM's.

But how can anyone not choose London 1986.

Karpov pulls out and the very last minute replacement is an IM Glenn Flear dropped in as cannon fodder for the group of GM's.

So short was the notice Glen had arranged to get married that week. (the organisers shifted the schedule for one of his games to accommodate this.) he also had a delayed adjournment. Starting the game single finishing it married. (there must be something in the rules about that).

He was the lowest rated player in the tournament and won it.

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  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Yes, that was an unbelievable achievement by Flear, just an incredible accomplishment!

I think what people refer to when referencing Karpov's win at Linares 1994 was his ELO tournament performance rating of 2985 !!! Thats a jaw dropping number that perfectly compliments him winning 9 out of 13 games, finishing with 11 pts of a possible 13, 2.5 pts ahead of the closest challengers

Thats insane


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  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> I wonder why London 1986 is not listed as a notable tournament for Flear? That doesn't make sense and should be corrected or added here at <CG>

I'll drop something over at <>


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  Sally Simpson: Hi Morf,

The details are here:

It has Glenn listed as a GM, at the time was an IM.

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  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> You really are the 'ace' around here


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  Lambda: Those Kasparov and Flear examples are a little bit different, they're players winning tournaments unexpectedly. But if the world champion of the time had performed like that, nobody would have bat an eyelid in either case. Linares 1994 was the most dominant tournament performance against a super-strong field in history.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Lambda,,

Absolutely agree Linares 1994 was a stunning result. Probably the best ever. However it was a surprise and an unexpected result to one player, Gary Kasparov!

From the intro to Linares (1994)

"When asked about the strength of the tournament, Kasparov famously stated that the winner could consider himself the world champion of tournament chess."

Apr-16-17  john barleycorn: <Sally Simpson: ...

"When asked about the strength of the tournament, Kasparov famously stated that the winner could consider himself the world champion of tournament chess.">

A title Tarrasch held at some time. However, Kasparov's appreciation of the winner changed when it was not him. Anyway, I prefer Karpov over Kasparov anytime.

Apr-17-17  Howard: I, too, prefer Karpov over Kasparov any day of the week.

By the way, 2 1/2 years after Linares 1994 came...Las Palmas 1996. That was even a tougher tournament.

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