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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985), Moscow URS, rd 2, Sep-05
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-16-04  vonKrolock: Kasparov came from winning the 3 previous games: 47 and 48th of the interrupted match, and the 1st from this second one - his play here is bold, agressive...

<34...Qh6> Instead of this, Kasparov points out in his Pergamon Press 1986 Book 'GK New World Chess Champion': "34...Rf8! 35.Kf2 ("best") Rc3 36.Ne5 Rf3!!("another combination on the themes of overloading and diversion") 37.Kf3 Qe1 38.Bf2 Qd1" winning; We can try also: (a) 35.f6 (whith idea 35...Rc3 36.Qg4 g6 37.Ba5) but here appears 35...Rc1!!: another threat of the key-move Rf8... 36.Rc1 Qc1! etc ; or (b) 35.Bc7 (this one in fact the lesser evil) 35...Rc7 36.Qc7 Qd3 37.Qe5 Qd1! 38.Qa5 Re8! etc; and if 38.Qe2 or 38.Kf2, then Qa4 whith a won endgame

Oct-19-06  Hesam7: <vonKrolock> thanks. So Kasparov missed a win here as well. This means that he achieved winning positions in 5 consecutive games against Karpov! 43... Ra8 is very strange does he have any comments on that move?
Apr-10-07  Fisheremon: After 16...Be6?! (16...Rbc8!?) White could get a solid advantage as 19.Rfd1!? could do. After 19.Rfc1?! a series of inaccurate moves followed:

26.Qd4?! (26.d6!? White's a bit better)

26...Rbc8?! (26...e3!? with some advantage), now 27.Bd1!? led to a serious advantage for White, but in the game 27.h3?! led it to Black.

(Zeitnot stage?!) 34.g3? losing move, but Black missed 34...Rf8!?

In fact White was still in big trouble after 37.Rb1?! (37.Nc5!?), but <Hesam7> 43...Ra8? (after zeitnot) slipped away every thing.

Aug-24-07  babakova: Whites position is scary to play from move 25 onwards...Black getting his pawn all the way to e2 and white cooly playing Kg1 then pawn to g3 etc. relying on his bishop is pretty.
Apr-16-08  Knight13: <43... Ra8 is very strange does he have any comments on that move?> Maybe he was afraid of 44. Nc3.
Sep-05-08  cn1ght: 2 minor pieces versus rook endgame is extremely difficult to play I learned from experience- I had one at my last tournament. Luckily for me my opponent played it badly so I ended up having pawn, knight, bishop to his rook, unfortunately for me, he was able to sack his rook for my pawn and I had 30 minutes to figure out how to mate with bishop and knight and failed to do so... Having said that watching these 2 greats play it and end with a draw also is quite interesting to see how they play it out.
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  mjmorri: <cn1ght><...I had 30 minutes to figure out how to mate with bishop and knight and failed to do so..>

That is a basic ending you should learn. I have had to play it only once (online), but I scored the full point much to my opponents chagrin.

Mar-30-09  Thickasabrick31: Why not 34. ... Qd1 ?
Jul-07-09  sileps: 34..Rf8 is better I think. White's best option (as far as I can see) is to grab the pawn by 35.Rxe2 sacrificing his rook. Any other line is a clear win for black
Dec-23-09  Hesam7: <<13...Bd7>

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A novelty! This developing-waiting move was one that I had prepared for the 49th game of the first match. The 45th game went 13...Nxd4 14 Bxd4 e5 15 Ba7 Ra8 16 Be3 Bd7 17 a5 Rac8 18 Be2. But now after the exchange on d4 and ...e6-e5 Black can answer Ba7 not only with ...Ra8. Who could then have imagined that this position would become one of the most popular Sicilian tabiyas...>

Dec-23-09  Hesam7: <

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Black had three reasonable ways of solving his opening problems:

1) the traditional 16...exf4 17 Bxf4 Be6 and ...Nd7;

2) the original 16...b5 17 axb5 Bxb5! (after 17...axb5 18 fxe5 dxe5 19 Nd5 Nxd5 20 exd5 White retains the initiative) 18 Nxb5 axb5, and White's two bishops do not give him and advantage;

3) the most thematic move in the given situation, playing on White's nerves: 16...Rbc8 with the idea of ...Qa5(c4)-b4.>

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  GrahamClayton: Kasparov in "Umlimited Challenge":

"After the opening, I created a maze of complications which, if White played correctly, could have got me into deep trouble. But Karpov failed to find the right plan, and by a series of tactical strikes I achieved a won position. The, under time pressure, I overlooked the continuation that would have clinched it. All the same, from the position we adjourned at I was counting on a win, though my sealed move turned out to be second rate. Having calculated that however White responded, I would have a clear win, we suddenly discovered, just two hours before the game was due to resume, that White in fact had a strong answer. We began frantically searching for other possibilities, but didn't have enough time to find a precise solution.

Returning to the game without any clear idea of how to continue it, I was unable to find my way out of the situation and so lost the initiative. As a result, we drew.

Failures like that are always annoying, and in a world championship match your reactions to everything are doubly acute."

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  Everett: <34..Rf8> is a beautiful move, safeguarding one rook to allow the other to rampage. This is not a sacrifice in a true sense, but it is still a great lesson that it may be worth the limitation of scope of one piece to allow the rest of the army to flourish. In this specific case, before the suggested move, both rooks were hamstrung despite being on completely open central files.
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  whiteshark: Position after <47... h5>

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<Kasparov writes that this endgame is objectively a draw, but that White will have to play very carefully to obtain it.<>>

Black should try to penetrate with his rook but must also do so without allowing too many pawn exchanges. However, I think White should, without too much difficulty, be able to prevent Black's rook from coming in.

<48.Bc3 Rb8 49.Bb4 Rd8 50.Ke2 a3 51.Bc3 f6 52.Bb4 Kf7?!>

"Kasparov criticizes this move as the king is poorly placed here later (the possibility of a knight check on d6 indirectly protects the pawn on f5). Instead he suggests 52...Kh7 with the idea that if White tries to use the same defensive idea as in the game, he will lose the kingside pawns and probably the game as well. 53.Bc3 Rb8 54.Bb4? (54.Nb4 Rb5 55.g4 Rb8 56.Kd3 Ra8 57.Na2 Ra4 58.Bb4 Kh6 59.Bd2+ and White has built up an impregnable fortress.) 54...Rb5! 55.g4 Rb8 56.Kd3 Rd8+ 57.Kc2 hxg4 58.hxg4 Rd4 59.Bxa3 Ra4 60.Kb3 Rxg4 61.Bc1 Rg3+ 62.Nc3 Rf3 63.Kc2 Rxf5 64.Kd3.

Kasparov writes that it is difficult to assess this endgame as there is no relevant material to compare it with, but Black would probably have excellent practical winning chances. I managed to find one position from the World Championship match between Steinitz and Zukertort - see next game." (Esben Lund)

<53.Nc3 Rb8 54.Na2 Rb5 55.g4 Rb8 56.Kd3 Rd8+ 57.Kc4 Rd1 58.Bxa3 Ra1 59.Kb3 Rh1 60.gxh5 Rxh3+ 61.Nc3 Rf3>

The problem with the king on f7 becomes evident in the line 61...Rxh5 62.Ne4 Rxf5? 63.Nd6+.

<62.Bc1 Rxf5 63.h6 g6 64.Ne4 Rh5 65.Bb2> 1/2

Lund continues with the Steinitz-Zukertort fragment and concludes that the rook and pawns most likely will win, and then returns to the position with after White's 64th move from Kasparovs analysis of <52...Kh7>.

However, his conclusion is confusing. First he writes: <The conclusion is that, instead of <52...Kf7?!>, <52...Kh7> probably leads to a win for Black with correct play.<>>, and then a few lines further down: <To recap, the game would still be a draw with precise play, but after <52...Kh7> Karpov would have to use a different defensive plan than in the game, as indicated in the notes - see the line beginning with <54.Nb4!>.<>>

Well, I admit, a lot of detail to pinpoint a minor mistake, since all in all Lund's lucid explanations are thorough and easy to understand.

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  Everett: 19.Rfd1! What is it doing in the c-file?
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  Everett: With the improvement on move 19, White would have a comfortable game, controlling the d5 square and beginning a k-side attack with g4

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