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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Linares (1992), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-24
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0



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Jun-20-06  ughaibu: When did you ever say that? If you cant back up this claim I will consider that to be a convincing demonstration that all your claims about Kasparov, Shirov, Kramnik and Topalov are equally unfounded.
Jun-20-06  notyetagm: <ughaibu> It's a chess proverb that I go by that is correct an overwhelming percentage of the time, like in this game. If I use my two rooks and you do not use yours, then you lose.
Jun-20-06  RookFile: So what was Karpov's mistake? 14.... Nh5?
Jun-20-06  KingG: <Like I always say, whoever uses his rooks better in a game, wins.> Didn't Nunn say something like 'If there is a secret to Kasparov's success it's that he gets his rooks into play before his opponent'? I'll look up the exact quote later.
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  offramp: A game of almost non-stop inventiveness and originality from Kasparov. Karpov must have been VERY tired at the end of this game.

When people face he 4...Nd7, 5...Ngf6 version for the first time they often think that they should be able to smash black to ribbons in a few moves.

Most people soon find out that you can't do that - black's position is too solid. But Kasparov has frequently smashed black's position; but you have to be very inventive to do it.

Jun-21-06  notyetagm: <KingG: ... Didn't Nunn say something like 'If there is a secret to Kasparov's success it's that he gets his rooks into play before his opponent'? I'll look up the exact quote later.>

I did not know about that Nunn quote. I just know that it seems like half of the decisive games I play over are won solely because one side has much more active rooks. Maybe I have been playing over too many Kasparov games ... :-)

Jun-21-06  SnoopDogg: <KingG> I think that was actually from Neil R McDonald when annotating Kasparov's famous win over Petrosian.

Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982

Jun-21-06  KingG: <SnoopDogg> Yes, thanks. I knew it was in one of those move-by-move books, but couldn't remember which one :-).
Jun-21-06  notyetagm: <KingG> Well, it makes sense. The two rooks have a combined worth of more than a queen. You would not win many games if you left your queen out of play the whole game, like many players do with their rooks.
Jun-21-06  alexandrovm: wow, Kasparov the machine!!! Incredible display of power over Karpov...great game!
Jun-21-06  RookFile: I guess we still don't know what Karpov's mistake was. My guess is the ....Nh5 and ....Nxg3 maneuver.
Jun-30-06  notyetagm: What a rook lift, 32 ♖h5-a5.
Jul-01-06  Brown: Perhaps his mistake can be found in a future game such as this one, where Karpov plays 9..a5 with an eventually comfortable game.

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1994

Jul-28-06  Ulhumbrus: 17 ...Be8 conserves the bishop pair, but at the high price of neglecting the development of his R on h8. 17...Kb8 prepares ..Rdc8 clearing the point d8 for the other Rook
Apr-22-07  Ulhumbrus: 26...a6 prevents 27 a6
35 Qa6+ begins a King hunt
Kasparov's comments suggest that the 5th rank was quite an asset for White's King's Rook, as useful as a file, in fact. Possibly Karpov had to play 17..g6 to force White's KR out of the 5th rank.
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:-

Jul-13-10  whiteshark: <Ulhumbrus: ... < 17...Kb8 prepares ..Rdc8 clearing the point d8 for the other Rook>>

Another idea of 17...Kb8 is to conserve the bishop pair with ...Bc8.

Jan-05-11  Greifi: It`s completly right that Karpov lost this game after 16. ... 0-0-0, everything would be unfair for normal players!
Jun-25-11  joelsontang: How do I refute 8...Qxd4?
Jun-25-11  amadeus: Nf3-Ne5 probably
Jun-25-11  NARC: Of course, the end position was just tard luck by Kasparov. I had to write this because I wanted to illustrate a point elsewhere. Some people really think like that.
Sep-07-11  serenpidity.ejd: Before Kasparov, I thought the Caro-Kann defence was a tough shell to crack. Even modern chess opening authors were one in saying that it is a solid defence and is good for those players who are opting for a draw.

Not anymore. Kas has shown the chess world the vulnerability of the said defence. I must say that the chess genius has made it very unpopular.

Sep-07-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<serenpidity.edj>

the funny thing is Garry was something of an expert on the Caro-Kann with...the black pieces! He wrote a book on the 4...Bf5 main line and adopted 1.e4 c6 in many games when he was a teenager. Seems hard to believe now, given his expertise in the Sicilians!

Oct-03-11  serenpidity.ejd: <SimonWebbsTiger> I did not know that Kas once favored the ck as black. Thanks for the info. Anyway, this game is entitled: GREAT DEFENSE LOSES TO GREAT OFFENSE. or
ANOTHER KANN BITES THE DUST(with apology to queen).
Mar-12-12  Robyn Hode: Karpov played a piece down the entire game. His king's rook never moved.
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