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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"Making a Bee Line" (game of the day Sep-17-2017)
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984/85), Moscow URS, rd 3, Sep-17
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  1-0



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Jun-03-08  ToTheDeath: Karpov draws first blood in the abandoned match- and wins a nice game.

The exchange of Black's b pawn for White's e pawn would at first glance seem to favor Black, but White's pieces become very active, he gets a queenside pawn majority and play against the weak pawns on d6 and a6.

16...d5? is just bad, losing a pawn by force as Karpov shows. Kasparov preferred "activity" but hunkering down with 16...Be7 was better. Then 17.Nb1! (regrouping) Rab8 18.b3 Rfd8 19.Nc3 Bc6 is only slightly better for White.

The rest of the game is a nice exercise in playing against lose pieces and back rank weakness to force the win of further material. A classic Karpov game.

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  mjmorri: In the next match, Kasparov played his famous 8...d5! in two games, scoring 1.5-0.5
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  Chessdreamer: The notation is wrong. Kasparov resigned after 31.Bb6.
Jun-15-09  WhiteRook48: really basic
Oct-17-09  sac2win: i agree with whiterook. really basic game.winnig pawn on b-file earlier was important.Rest,GK was demolished,ashes to ashes,dust to dust!!!
Dec-21-09  M.D. Wilson: I wonder how Korchnoi would have fared if he had played this match against Karpov?
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  harrylime: Is Kasparov lost after 17...Bf5?

Or after 24.b4 .. I love this move btw

Super game from Karpov.

Aug-16-12  BishopTakes: Karpov is Positional master
Oct-23-12  Corry: One of best karpov's game... In this game his pieces are really untouchable from the beginning to the end . Kasparov try to attack like a child against his father ... sick!
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  whiteshark: Karpov annotates this game:
Aug-21-14  coldsweat: I think "later games" might be a bit of an understatement -- it took Garry thirty two games to finally win one.
Oct-09-14  yurikvelo: <Anatoly Eugenievitch Karpov, aka Demolition Man> Hoidini-1st-line Man!!!
Stockfish-5 analyze 28..32 plyes deep.
Feb-13-15  bennyvsfischer: 28.Rd7!
May-18-15  ToTheDeath: Yep, deadly accuracy and a Python like grip, all the hallmarks of Karpov at his best.
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17. f2-f3! This tiny move wins the d-pawn and the game. One of Karpov's best games.

Sep-17-17  anjumskhan: at the end of the game, there is a line of pieces along the b file, hence the title "making the bee line".
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  MKD: What is the best continuation, if black plays Bc2?
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  offramp: <anjumskhan: at the end of the game, there is a line of pieces along the b file, hence the title "making the bee line".>

There is a similar position in Larsen vs Kavalek, 1979.

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  PawnSac: < MKD: What is the best continuation, if black plays Bc2? >

probably something like...

31. Bb6 Bxc2 32. Bxc7 Bxb4 33. Re8+ Bf8 34. Bc6 or Rb8 Nc5 35.Bd6 Ne6 36.Bc4 g5 37.Bxe6 fxe6 38.Rf8+

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  kevin86: Whites's minor pieces attack, black's cower.
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  kevin86: Doesn't a bee line begin with a buzz?
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23... Rxb5!!
24. Nxb5 Bc4 ±.
That would have given Black some chances to save the game.

Mar-08-19  Momentum Man: Hi offramp!

After 28.Rd7, Black doesn't play 28...Bxc2

I assume that's because he didn't like 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Rxe7

But I am thinking Karpov could also play 29.Rxb7.

Then 29...Rxb7 30.Ra8+ Bf8 31.Bc5 threatens mate.

After 31...h5 32.Rxf8+ Kh7, White is down the exchange. So maybe there isn't enough compensation here.

Originally, I was thinking 31...h5 is answered with 32.Bd3, but writing this comment made me realize 32.Bd3?? is a horrible blunder because it's en pris to the Black Bishop on c2

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  offramp: <Momentum Man> I hadn't thought about this game in a long time.

Karpov played
16. Rad1!

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Kasparov thought for 50 minutes on his reply, 16...Na5, which gives up a pawn.

GK thought he would get enough piece activity to win the pawn back, but that didn't happen. Karpov was too good.
Karpov played the final moves with great accuracy.

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26. Nc2.
The knight comes back into play with tempo because the ♗ on a2 is attacked.

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White has lots of available moves. Karpov plays one which seems to walk into a pin.
27. Rd1 Bb3
<Apart from ...Bxc2, Black intends ...Nd8.>
28. Rd7!
<The best move! It is not easy to see but the ♗b3 is in trouble and Na1! is threatened!>
As <Momentum Man> says, 28...Bxc2 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Rxe7 is very bad for Black.
29. Rxe6 Rxd7.

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30. Re1! <He didn't miss Black's big threat of ...Rd1+.>
31. Bb6.

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If now 31...Rxc2 32. Rxe7 Nd6...

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...and now 33.Bc5 or 33.Rd7 wins a piece.

Very accurate play. Karpov was at one of his career peaks at the start of this match.

Nov-18-20  fisayo123: Its rare to see Kasparov beaten so smoothly but Karpov makes it look easy here. In queenless middle games and endgames his play was characterized by an extreme precision that Kasparov needed time to adjust to. You can't just make any sort of slip against him or hope for any sort of mistake
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