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Anatoly Karpov vs Viswanathan Anand
"The World According to Karp" (game of the day Mar-14-2015)
Karpov - Anand FIDE World Championship Match (1998), Lausanne SUI, rd 1, Jan-02
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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May-13-09  Jim Bartle: The only time I've seen Anand visibly upset was after he lost the FIDE candidates match to Kamsky after leading by two points. He just refused to answer questions about it from an Inside Chess interviewer, despite repeated attempts.

I brought up the 1999 dispute with Karpov as an exclamation point to my argument about the 1998 final, and fibbed about Karpov's suit against FIDE. One inconsiderate kibitzer was extremely rude, and noted I was lying.

May-13-09  WhiteRook48: 108...Kf1 109 Rf5+ Ke2 110 Re7+ Kd3 111 Rd5+ Kc4 112 Rdd7 Kc5 113 Rc7+ Kd6 114 Rc8!!
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  chancho: This game may be long, but the two Rooks vs Queen ending won by Karpov is sensational.
Apr-21-11  ADDADZ:

please I want to know how much playing time anand and karopov

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  HeMateMe: Why can't black win a pawn with
11...e X d5?
Dec-20-11  Garech: Fantastic game from Karpov.


Jun-01-12  RookFile: Tough way to lose a game, a real body blow for Anand.
Aug-08-12  TheUltimateSecond: Karpov plays so beautiful its like he saw 5 moves ahead
Mar-14-15  morfishine: May be long but the quality is tops. The different phases are all quite intriguing, almost like 2 or even 3 games in one
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  Gilmoy: <HeMateMe: 11.exd5> 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 Bxb5 with <mutual threat> to both Bs:

click for larger view

And since White can <check out>, Black can't win a tempo, e.g. 14.Bxf3 Bxd7+ 15.Qxd7 Qxf3.

Mar-14-15  yadasampati: <Pravitel> disrespectfully calls Karpov and "old man" in his comment of May-12-09 ... This match took place in 1998 and Karpov was only 47 years of age. Not exactly an "old man" i would say. I would like to remind him of Victor Korchnoi, who actually peaked at that age. He even played World Championship matches in 1978 (against Karpov) and 1981 (against Kasparov), at the age of 47 and 50 respectively. Korchnoi was ranked in the top 100 (nr. 85) on the FIDE world rating list as late as January 2007 (aged 75), the oldest player ever so ranked. He won the 2005 Quebec Open in Montreal. In August 2006 at age 75 he won the Banyoles Open in Spain ahead of Sergei Tiviakov. So even if you are an "old man", it does not necessarily mean you can not be a good chess player.
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  Penguincw: A long journey for the white king: e1 to g1 to h1 to g2 to f1 to g2 to f1 to g2 to h1 to g2 to g3 to f2 to e2 to d3 to d4 to c5 to b4 to b3 to c4 to c5 to d5 to e4 to f5 to g5 to h4 to g4 to f5 to f6 to f7 to e8 to f7 to g6 to f5 to f6 to g5 to h4 to h3 to h2 and finally to h3.

Same for the black king, as he went from e8 to f7 to g7 to g6 to h6 to g7 to h8 to g7 to g8 to g7 to g6 to g7 to f7 to f6 to f5 to f4 to g3 to h2 to g2 to f2 to f3 to f2 to f3 to f2 to f3 to f4 to f3 to f2 and finally to g1.

Or something like that...

Mar-14-15  Everett: <I'm quite sure that Karpov would not have made it to the final if he had also started in the second round> -Anand

Perhaps, but was Anand quite sure it would take him almost another decade before winning the WC properly? Was he quite sure that he would even be the finalist if Kramnik decided to play in 1998?

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  kevin86: The rooks are good for brute strength, but beating a queen is hard to do,especiaolly when held by a future champion.
Mar-14-15  belgradegambit: As Soltis has pointed out, 31 Qxg7! was a very practical move to end all tactics and enter a very superior endgame.
Mar-14-15  Pulo y Gata: Great pun.
Mar-14-15  WDenayer: I do not understand why Anand played 25. ... Qd6. This makes only sense if he is going to play Qb8 next. But he didn't. Yes, 26. ... Kf7 loses, but why not 25. ... Rf8 ? After 25. ...Rf8 White has nothing, except two passed pawns on the Q-side and they will probably win the game for White. But there is no immediate disaster. Therefore 25. ... Qd6 was a bad move.
Mar-14-15  WDenayer: Re. my previous post. Perhaps Anand played 25. ... Qd6? and 26. ... Kf7? because he saw the position after 30. ... Ne5. Black has an immediate draw in this position, if only there was no 31.Qxg7!, which he missed. There is no doubt that 25. ... Rf8 is better than 25. ... Qd6.
Mar-18-15  carpovius: Karpov was just much greater than Anand as a chess player. Was, is, and will. Who're talking about "bad conditions"?)
Mar-18-15  Jim Bartle: Read up on the conditions. Then you will understand.
Mar-18-15  carpovius: Oh, thnx! I already did.
Mar-18-15  Nerwal: Back then nobody considered Karpov's victory to be convincing.

Karpov's run at the very top really ended in summer/fall 1996 with the match against Kamsky and his wins at Vienna and Biel.

Mar-18-15  Petrosianic: <Back then nobody considered Karpov's victory to be convincing.>

Nobody considered it convincing because nobody considered his title itself convincing. I don't remember anyone taking this one particularly less seriously than they took Karpov-Timman and Karpov-Kamsky.

Mar-18-15  Nerwal: It still got the interest of the chess world but still the match was much shorter and was decided on rapid tie-breaks which caused much criticism. And Anand had played an absurd amount of games the month prior as he had two very tough matches against Khalifman and Adams in the final stage, while Karpov had all the time to prepare seriously without revealing anything. In game 1 and game 2 Karpov showed +25 moves opening preparation cooked at home by his seconds.
Mar-18-15  Petrosianic: Had Anand won it, nobody would have considered him world champion any more than they had Karpov. Probably even less, since Anand had been beaten so decisively by Kasparov so recently.
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