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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Amsterdam Optiebeurs (1988), Amsterdam NED, rd 11, May-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation (B17)  ·  1-0



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Nov-26-04  Nezhmetdinov: So smooth you can hardly believe it; no bumps nor ruffles just death processing quietly along... poor Tolya.
Dec-01-04  siggemannen: Don't know why but i don't like 11... e5 from Karpov, 11... Nf6 etc seems more natural, but this was in early days of Ng5-Caro
Aug-08-06  KingG: What was wrong with 22...Nxe6 ? White still better, but surely it must be better than damaging the pawn structure around the king?
Aug-09-06  positionalgenius: <KingG>Proud of myself,found this on my own just looking at the position. If Karpov plays 22...Nxe6 garry plays
Qf5 threatening mate.So Karpov plays Kf8 and Rxe6! wins a piece.I will analyze further,as i think i missed something there,but I think thats why Karpov played fxe6.
Aug-09-06  KingG: <positionalgenius> After 22...Nxe6 23.Qf5, Black can just cover the h7 square by moving the knight back, 23...Nf8. Very passive, but White still needs to find a way of breaking through.
Aug-09-06  positionalgenius: <KingG>true.I missed that.I will analyze further...
Aug-10-06  positionalgenius: <KingG>I know why.Garry foresaw the coming endgame and knew the bishop would be stronger than knight so he traded.As far as Karpov's recapture its possible he wanted to move a pawn closer to the center to prepare for the endgame.
Aug-10-06  s4life: <23...Nf8. Very passive, but White still needs to find a way of breaking through>

After Nf8, white can simply play Bb3 and then Rf3, with the possible intermezzo Rg3 and the threat of Qxh6 would give white a tremendous pressure.

Jan-30-13  achieve: This is indeed quite a gem, and the technique at display here from Kasparov reminds me very much of today's Carlsen: extremely powerful! - esp. in middle and endgame.

Half of the pieces traded by move 17, looks rather drawish, no tension in the center (d- and e-pawns already exchanged) - and after one or two tiny mistakes perhaps, a remarkable, looong, squeeze is being performed by Kasparov. Mathematical precision.

Mar-26-15  carpovius: why not 51...Qxc3?
Mar-26-15  Nerwal: 51... ♕xc3 52. ♕f8+ ♔h7 53. ♗f5+ g6 54. ♕f7+ ♔h8 55. ♕xg6 and Black is in trouble.
May-30-15  Chessman1504: There were a great deal of impressive ideas here. Makes me kind of afraid to play my favorite opening :)
May-30-15  Chessman1504: Kasparov played an impressive maneuvering game here. I was particularly impressed by how he completely harassed Karpov's light squares until he eventually won the e6 pawn. Just one weakness, but Kasparov made it look like Karpov had to defend a lost position. Brilliant.

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