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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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Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: nice pun
Feb-04-09  WhiteRook48: the funniest Karpov game ever in which he wins
Feb-15-09  swarmoflocusts: "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."

There is forced mate in less than 10 in all variations from the ending position.

Mar-22-09  VaselineTopLove: This game is an example of a positional maneuvering masterpiece.
Mar-22-09  VaselineTopLove: I think this should be counted as Karpov's immortal instead of his game against Topalov, which is also a very good win.
May-04-09  scarredwolf11648: Totally a win for Karpov.
May-04-09  WhiteRook48: I see now, 64 Qb8+
May-07-09  mendellevin: Agree with vaselinetoplove; this is a masterpiece of the highest rank. The fact that black is weak on the white squares means that threats can be mounted that leaves room for the rook to enter the fight. So logical.
Oct-01-09  Funicular: I didnīt see the forced checkmates, but you can easily tell black is totally zugzwang'd after Qe5. You just canīt prevent Qc5+ without being mated. And Qc5+ means just that
Nov-11-09  pericles of athens: Can somebody help me out with 44. Bf5?
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  Jonathan Sarfati: This brilliant maneuvering win has been the model for other games with OCB and weak squares.
Nov-24-10  misha1992: Titikizza
It looks like after Qf4+ Kd8 Qf8 and Rxd7 is stronger! Haha but it seems like karpov would win no matter what! Wish he could still play like this...
Jul-08-11  Zugzwangovich: Is 18 consecutive moves on the same color so improbable? In Salov-Timman '88 (St. John candidates' match, game #3) Black made 46 consecutive moves on light squares and White 34 consecutive moves on dark squares.
Aug-09-11  Chris00nj: According to the book "Endgame," this is the game that Bobby Fischer was convinced that proved the WC match "fixed", due to the consecutive number of moves Karpov made on the white squares.
Aug-10-11  Zugzwangovich: <Chris00nj: According to the book "Endgame," this is the game that Bobby Fischer was convinced...> Actually, I had this point in mind when posting my query (See my somewhat snide comment to the Salov-Timman game I cited).
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  whiteshark: Check the instructive video annotations of GM Dzindzichashvili:


Oct-02-11  Pravitel: <Zugzwangovich: Is 18 consecutive moves on the same color so improbable? In Salov-Timman '88 (St. John candidates' match, game #3) Black made 46 consecutive moves on light squares and White 34 consecutive moves on dark squares.>

It is completely different to play many consecutive moves on the same color in the endgame(and especially in opposed-colored bishops endgame as in your examples), than on the middlegame like here.

Oct-04-11  Zugzwangovich: <Pravitel> Your point is well taken, but it seems rather mindless for RJF to have cited the move run in this game as "proof" that all of the K-K WC match games had been prearranged move-by move. Actually, he himself had played 13 consecutive moves on dark squares vs. Reshevsky in the '57 US Championship, which a 2007 treatise titled "Chess, Chance, and Conspiracy" claimed was mathematically more improbable than the 18-move run in this game.
Oct-04-11  Everett: I imagine, it may have been unpleasant for Fischer to see two greats like Karpov and Kasparov play the game after him.
Oct-04-11  AnalyzeThis: I don't think Fischer really believed the games were fixed, he was just playing games with all of us.
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  TheFocus: <AnalyzeThis>< I don't think Fischer really believed the games were fixed, he was just playing games with all of us.>

Correct. It was just Fischer being Fischer.

He even began saying that the Karpov - Korchnoi matches were pre-arranged.

Oct-04-11  Zugzwangovich: <TheFocus> True, and he said the same for the '74 Karpov-Spassky Candidates match.
Jan-23-12  ColdSong: Kasparov tries here one more time, for some reason, a kind of QG Tarrasch middlegame in a world championship match, and one more time gets crucified.Well chosen game title.Undoubtedly one of Karpov's most impressive games.
Dec-26-12  leka: The first lesson of chess is put your piecies in the centre the move 6. knight a6??? can not be a good one.Why Kasparov played the Tarrasch defence that is not a good one against Karpov.Kasparov played very badly agains the Deep Blue computer.Kasparov moves 1.d3?? and 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d6????? Kasparov played in Ruy Lopez knight h7??? Kasparov never played Caro Kann against the human players
Mar-19-13  Anderssen59: The prettiest finish is: 63.....,Re7 64 Qb8+ Qe8 (.....,Re8 65 Qf4+ Qf7 66 Bg6!! Qxf4 67 Rxe8 mate) 65 Rf4+ Rf7 66 Qd6+!! Qe7 67 Rxf7+ Kxf7 68 Bg6+ Kf8 69 Qb8+ mating. Kasparov was shell-shocked after this game and as a consequence he lost the next one (G5).
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