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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"White Key Symphony" (game of the day Mar-06-2005)
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985), Moscow URS, rd 4, Sep-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Mar-06-05  NakoSonorense: 18 consecutive moves on the white squares by Karpov! I wonder if Karpov knew about this when he was playing them...
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  bernieno: This game has been compared to music before. I think a Swedish chess magazine wrote that this game was like a violin concerto by Mozart because of its clarity and elegance. And a book i read (don't remember which unfortunately) called Karpov "the Mozart of the chess table." The natural question is then: who are the Bach and Beethoven of the chess table? Or Stravinsky?
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  samvega: Who is the Barry Manilow of the chess table?
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  tamar: <samvega: Who is the Barry Manilow of the chess table?> Now I realize whose silhouette NN reminds me of :-)
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  samvega: well that clears up a whole bunch of mysteries...
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: I thought that Kasparov was OK early on, say, around move 20. Even after Nxe6, isn't he OK after 24...Kf7 followed by exchanging as many major pieces as possible on the c-file? Indeed, I can't understand why Kasparov felt that he had to abandon the c-file, starting with 27...Rf8. What am I missing this time?

OTOH, I'm not sure anyone could have held out versus Karpov on this particular day. He was clearly at peak form in this game, and it's a great pleasure to play.

Mar-06-05  Minor Piece Activity: Kaspy did not abandon the c-file with 20...Rf8. He still had a queen and a rook there and controlled the file for pretty much the rest of the game (didn't help him very much though.) 20...Rf8 has the idea of Bh4 and pressure on f2. Strange that Kaspy didn't follow up on that, he probably thought there was something better.
Mar-06-05  Minor Piece Activity: Btw has anyone noticed that Karpov seems to have only ONE plan in this entire game but succeeds admirably? 28. Bh5!, Bg6, Bd3 frees the queen to set up a classic battery on b1-h7. Kaspy struggles valiantly against Karpov's plan but when the dust clears after 40. Qf5, white's succeeded in keeping the attack on the light squares, and black is toast.
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  kevin86: After a long series of moves on white squares-white moves Qe5---later on,he returns there for the kill which will come at b8. White keys-in this case,means white squares.

A brilliant win by Karpov!!

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  wwall: Instead of 53...Rd6, perhaps 53...Qg8 54.Qg6 Bf6! 55.Re3 Qf7 and Black should draw.

If 54.Re3 (instead of 54.Rf3!), White threatens 55.Qh8+ Qg8 56.Re8, winning. After 54.Re3, Black must play 54...g5 (the Bishop on c3 prevents White from playing Qh8+) and Black should draw.

Instead of 54...Ke7, perhaps 54...Bf6 55.Re3 g6 (55...g5? 56.Qxh6+ Qg7 57.hxg5) 56.Qxh6+ Bg7 57.Qf4 Rd8 58.Qg5 Rd6 59.Bd3 Rf6. Or 54...Rf6 55.Re3 Rxf5 56.Qh8+ Qg8 57.Re8+ Kxe8 58.Qxg8+ Ke7 59.f4 h5.

If 55.Re3+ (instead of 55.Qh8!), 55...Kd8 56.Qh8+ Kc7 57.Qc8+ Kb6 58.Qb8+ Kc5 59.Bd3 Qd7 should draw for Black

After 57.Qc5+, perhaps better is 57...Kd8 (instead of 57...Ke8)58.Qxa5+ Qc7 (or 58...Ke8 59.Rf4 Kf8 60.Rf4 Kg8 61.Qa8+ Qf8 62.Re8 Rxf5) 59.Qd5+ Qd6 60.Qa8+ Ke7 61.Qe4+ Kd8 62.Qb7 g6 63.Bd3 Rxf3 64.Qxf3 g5

After 59.Re4+, if Black plays 59...Re6, then 60.Qc4! (60.Bxe6? Qxe4+ and 61...Qxe6; 60.Qd6? Qxe4+ 61.Bxe4 Rxd6) Rxe4 61.Qg8+ Ke7 62.Qxg7+ Kd6 63.Qxb7

Instead of 60.Qc4, White could also play 60.Bh7 Ra6 61.Qe5, threatening 62.Qe8+ Kf6 63.Qg6 mate

Instead of 62.Qe6, perhaps faster is 62.Qc5+ Re7 63.Qd6, threatening mate after 64.Qd8+ Kf7 65.Qg8+ Kf6 66.Qf8+ Rf7 67.Qd6 mate

After 63...Re7 64.Rf4+ Ke8 65.Bg6+ Kd8 66.Qb8+ Qc8 67.Qd6+ Qd7 68.Rf8+ Re8 69.Rxe8 mate.

Aug-28-06  positionalgenius: This is one of Karpov's all-time greats.Everyone should look at this one.
Aug-29-06  positionalgenius: <Albertan>look at this one too.
Aug-29-06  Holmstrom: Material equality during the whole game and Karpov wins with positioning and planning rather than a daring attack with a finishing combination.
Aug-30-06  Albertan: <positionalgenius: <Albertan>look at this one too.>

Hi positionalgenius. I just looked at the game.Very interesting.It appears Karpov missed a winning continuation in this game on move 56 when he could have played 56.Rf4 as this variation shows:

56.Rf4 d3 (56... Qf8
57. Re4+ Kf7 58. Be6+ Rxe6 59. Qxf8+ Kxf8 60. Rxe6 d3 61. Kf1 h5 62. Ra6 Ke7 63. Rxa5 g6 ) 57. Re4+ Kf6 58. Qb8 Be5 59. f4 d2 60. g4 Bxf4! 61. Rxf4 d1=Q)

Also on move 50.Karpov missed a chance when he failed to play 50.Bh7!

60.Bh7! Re6 61. Qf5+ Rf6 62. Qe5 (threatening 63.Qe8# which forces Kasparov to give up his queen)62...Qxe4 63.Bxe4 d3 64.Qc7+ Ke8 65.Bxd3 wins.

Oct-14-06  Ishaan: Typical Karpov style...
Dec-06-06  slomarko: i dont whats so special about this game? Kaspy missplayed it in the end but its not a memorable game by Karpov.
Dec-27-06  aazqua: "A game by the best teacher ever and the best student ever Wow "

I couldn't have said it better. The match between the two was the greatest moment of chess history. Absolutely phenomenal.

Apr-10-07  Fisheremon: 38...Qd2?! relying on the opposite colors of Bishops, perhaps it was the very reason of a slipshod play later?!

39...Rd8?! (Bf6!? =), still the position was defendable.

After 48.g3?! the game was equalized again.

53...Rd6?! (53...Bf6!? =)

55...d4? losing move (55...Bd4!? still playable) and Black should resign after 56 move (the second zeinot according to the rules at that time).

May-24-07  iccsumant: "Karpovhugo"!! Can someone please translate that to English?
May-24-07  tonsillolith: Karpov gave me a lesson in flexible thinking with this game. He shows Black's kingside weakness at g6 can be used for more than stationing pieces for a kingside attack. He maneuvers his bishop from the kingside to the queenside by Bh5-g6-d3 using this weakness.

This game is excellent. After watching the game several times, I think I understand most of the last part of Karpov's attack, but I would never be able to produce something like that.

Oct-21-08  BraveUlysses: It is not at all obvious to me why Kasparov resigned: 63...Re7 or Qd8 seem to hold, there seem to be a lot of possibilities in this continuation.

<Lawrence: <Beauty>, 63...Re7 is checkmate in 8. Junior 8 establishes in a flash that every move except one leads to checkmate in 8 or less. The move 63...Qd8 just takes a little longer, that's all. In 45 sec. it has an eval of +22.87. In less (some would say "fewer") than 4 min. the engine finds it's mate in 9, and then it finds that it's mate in 8. Garry probably saw all this though we can't.>

Some of the analysis offered here helps a little but really I am left reminded that these guys are in another world if they can see mate in 8 or 9 over the board. Either that or Kasparov ran out of time :)

Oct-21-08  ray564k: 63...Re7 I think I can disprove-

One continuation could be 64. Qf4+ Ke8 (If 64... Rf7 65. Qa8+) 65. Bg6+ kd8 (only legal move). Then 66. Qf8+ wins a piece.

Nov-07-08  TITIKIZA: After 63...Re7 64.Qf4+ Ke8 65.Bg6+ Kd8 66.Qb8+ Qc8 67.QxQ+ KxQ 68.RxR or 63...Re7 64.Qf4+ Rf7? 65.Qb8+
Dec-11-08  PugnaciousPawn: Thank you, TITIKIZA! I was waiting for the "for if" analysis of the ending. It's important to illustrate what the final concluding moves or variations will be in a final position such as this one. Saidy was always cognizant of providing the concluding "for if" analyses in his books.
Jan-27-09  WhiteRook48: Karpov must be fond of the white squares
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