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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"Lucky 13" (game of the day Jun-04-2016)
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985), Moscow URS, rd 24, Nov-09
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  0-1



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Jun-05-16  RandomVisitor: After the Kasparov analysis line <23.f5 exf5 24.exf5 Bxg2+ 25.Kxg2 Qb7+ 26.Kg1 Rc4 27.fxg6 Rg4+ 28.Rg3 Rxg3+ 29.hxg3 Ne5 30.gxh7+ Kh8>

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<+0.38/38 31.Nd4> Ned3 32.cxd3 Nxd3 33.Qd2 Bxd4+ 34.Kh2 Bxc3 35.Qxd3 Bg7 36.b3 b5 37.axb5 axb5 38.Bf4 Qe4 39.Qxe4 Rxe4 40.Bxd6 Rd4 41.Bc7 Rd7 42.Ba5 Kxh7 43.Rf5 b4 44.Bxb4 Kg6 45.Rb5 Bd4 46.Kg2 Be3 47.Bc3 Bxg5 48.b4 Rd3 49.Rc5 Bf6 50.Bxf6 Kxf6 51.b5 Rb3 52.g4 Ke6 53.Rf5 Rb2+ 54.Kf3 Rb3+ 55.Kf4 f6 56.Rc5 Rb4+ 57.Kg3 Rb3+

+0.15/38 31.Qf5 Nxc2 32.Qxc2 Nf3+ 33.Kf2 Nd4 34.Qd1 Nxb3 35.Be3 Nc5 36.Bd4 Bxd4+ 37.Qxd4+ Re5 38.Kg1 Qe7 39.Rf5 Nb3 40.Rxe5 Qxe5 41.Qf4 Qxf4 42.gxf4 Kxh7 43.Kf2 Kg6 44.Nd5 Kf5 45.Kf3 b5 46.Ne3+ Ke6 47.Kg4 d5 48.axb5 axb5 49.Nf5 d4 50.Nh6 Nc5 51.f5+ Ke7 52.Kf4 d3 53.Ke3 d2 54.Kxd2 Ne4+ 55.Kd3 Nxg5 56.Ng4 Kd6 57.Kd4 Nf3+ 58.Ke4 Ng5+ 59.Kf4 Nh3+ 60.Kg3

+0.14/38 31.Qe2 Nxc2 32.Qxc2 Nf3+ 33.Kf2 Nd4 34.Qd1 Nxb3 35.Be3 Nc5 36.Bd4 Bxd4+ 37.Qxd4+ Re5 38.Kg1 Qe7 39.Rf5 Nb3 40.Rxe5 Qxe5 41.Qf4 Qxf4 42.gxf4 Kxh7 43.Nd5 Kg6 44.Kf2 Kf5 45.Ke3 b5 46.axb5 axb5 47.Ne7+ Ke6 48.Nc6 d5 49.Ne5 b4 50.Nc6 Kf5 51.Nd8 Kg6 52.Kd3 f6 53.gxf6 Kxf6 54.Nc6 Nc5+ 55.Ke3 b3 56.Nb4 Kf5 57.Nxd5 Na4 58.Ne7+ Ke6 59.Nc6

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  kevin86: Wave bye-bye to the rook and the title for Karpov!
Jun-06-16  RookFile: Whatever the merits of 23. f5 were, I think Emanuel Lasker would have played the move. He was a sharp tactician who had a way of striking while the iron was hot.
Jun-06-16  RandomVisitor: A final look, after the Kasparov analysis line <23.f5 exf5 24.exf5 Bxg2+ 25.Kxg2 Qb7+ 26.Kg1 Rc4 27.fxg6 Rg4+ 28.Rg3 Rxg3+ 29.hxg3 Ne5 30.gxh7+ Kh8>

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<+0.29/41 31.Nd4> Ned3 32.cxd3 Nxd3 33.Qd2 Bxd4+ 34.Kh2 Bxc3 35.Qxd3 Bg7 36.b3 b5 37.axb5 axb5 38.Bf4 d5 39.Rc1 d4 40.Rc7 Qd5 41.b4 Qe6 42.Rc5 Qe2+ 43.Qxe2 Rxe2+ 44.Kh3 d3 45.Rxb5 Bc3 46.Rd5 Bxb4 47.Rxd3 Kxh7 48.Kg4 Kg6 49.Rb3 Re4 50.Rb2 Bc3 51.Rc2 Bg7 52.Rc6+ Re6 53.Rc7 Be5 54.Rc5 Bd4 55.Rd5 Bh8 56.Rd8 Bb2 57.Rc8 Bd4 58.Rd8

+0.25/41 31.Qf5 Nxc2 32.Qxc2 Nf3+ 33.Kf2 Nd4 34.Qd1 Nxb3 35.Be3 Nc5 36.Bd4 Bxd4+ 37.Qxd4+ Re5 38.Kg1 Qe7 39.Rf5 Nd7 40.Nd5 Qe6 41.g4 Kxh7 42.Nf4 Qb3 43.Rxf7+ Kg8 44.g6 Qg3+ 45.Ng2 Re1+ 46.Rf1 Rxf1+ 47.Kxf1 Qf3+ 48.Kg1 Ne5 49.Qxd6 Nxg4 50.Qd4 Qg3 51.Qf4 Qxf4 52.Nxf4 Kg7 53.Kf1 Ne5 54.Ke2 Nxg6 55.Nd5 b5 56.a5 Ne5 57.b4 Nc6 58.Kf3 Kg6 59.Kf4 Kf7 60.Kf5 Nd4+ 61.Ke5 Nc2 62.Ke4

+0.15/41 31.Qe2 Nxc2 32.Qxc2 Nf3+ 33.Kf2 Nd4 34.Qd1 Nxb3 35.Be3 Nc5 36.Bd4 Bxd4+ 37.Qxd4+ Re5 38.Kg1 Qe7 39.Rf5 Nd7 40.Rf4 Nc5 41.g6 Ne6 42.gxf7 Nxd4 43.f8Q+ Qxf8 44.Rxf8+ Kxh7 45.Rb8 b5 46.Kf2 bxa4 47.Rb6 a3 48.bxa3 Rf5+ 49.Ke3 Nc2+ 50.Ke4 Rc5 51.Nb1 Ra5 52.Rxd6 Nxa3 53.Nd2 Nb5 54.Re6 Ra3 55.Kf4 Nd4 56.Re4 Rd3 57.Nc4 Kg7

Jun-06-16  RandomVisitor: White might have had better chances with this line: 27.Bxb6 Ng4 28.Bxc7 Nxf2 29.Bxd6 Nxd1 30.Bxe7:

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+0.41/46 30...Nxc2 31.Nxd1 Rxe7 32.e5 g5 33.Rc3 Nb4 34.Bxb7 Rxb7 35.Nc5 Rb6 36.fxg5 Bxe5 37.Rc4 Bd6 38.Nxe6 Be7 39.Nf4 Bxg5 40.Nf2 Bxf4 41.Rxf4 Nd5 42.Rg4+ Kf7 43.Rd4 Ne3 44.Rf4+ Kg7 45.b4 Rg6+ 46.Kh1 Rc6 47.h3 Rc3 48.Ne4 Rc1+ 49.Kh2 Nd5 50.Rg4+ Kf8 51.Ng5 h6 52.Nf3 Rb1 53.Rg6 Nxb4 54.Rb6 h5 55.Ne5 Re1 56.Nc4 Nd3 57.Rxa6 Rc1

+0.42/46 30...Rxe7 31.Nxd1 Nxc2 32.e5 g5 33.Rc3 Nb4 34.Bxb7 Rxb7 35.Nc5 Rb6 36.fxg5 Bxe5 37.Rc4 Bd6 38.Nxe6 Be7 39.Nf4 Bxg5 40.Nf2 Bxf4 41.Rxf4 Nd5 42.Rd4 Ne3 43.Re4 Rb3 44.a5 Nd5 45.Re6 Rxb2 46.Rxa6 Nf4 47.h4 Ra2 48.Ne4 Kg7 49.Ra7+ Kh6 50.a6 Ng6 51.Nc3 Ra1+ 52.Kf2 Nxh4 53.Nd5 Ra2+ 54.Ke3 Kg5 55.Ra8 Ra3+ 56.Kd4 Nf3+ 57.Ke4 h5 58.Rg8+ Kh4

+0.55/46 30...Nxc3 31.bxc3 Nxc2 32.Bh4 e5 33.f5 gxf5 34.Nc5 Bc8 35.exf5 Bxf5 36.Bd5+ Kh8 37.Rf3 Bg6 38.Ne4 Rb8 39.Rd3 Bh6 40.Kf2 Rf8+ 41.Rf3 Rxf3+ 42.Kxf3 Bh5+ 43.Kf2 Kg7 44.Bc4 Be3+ 45.Kf1 Ba7 46.Bf2 Ne3+ 47.Bxe3 Bxe3 48.Bxa6 Bb6 49.Ke1 Bf7 50.Kd2 Bd5 51.Kd3 Kg6 52.c4 Ba8 53.c5 Bxe4+ 54.Kxe4 Bxc5 55.Kxe5 Bb4 56.Kd5 Kg5 57.Kc6 Kh4 58.Bc8 Bc3 59.Be6 Kg5 60.Kb5 Be5

Jun-06-16  RandomVisitor: 23.f5 would have had good potential for white, perhaps even to the point of justifying Karpov's claim for a possible win in this game

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+0.64/34 23...exf5 24.exf5 a5 25.Be3 Bxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Re5 27.fxg6 fxg6 28.Qf7+ Kh8 29.Nd4 Nf8 30.Qxc7 Rxc7 31.Bf4 Re8 32.Ncb5 Rd7 33.Re3 Rxe3 34.Bxe3 Kg8 35.Bd2 Re7 36.Re1 Rxe1 37.Bxe1 Bxd4 38.Nxd4 Na6 39.Kf3 d5 40.Ke3 Nc5 41.b3 Kf7 42.Nb5 Nfe6 43.Nd6+ Kf8 44.Bc3 Nd7 45.Bf6 h6 46.Bd4 hxg5 47.Nc8 Nxd4 48.Kxd4 Kf7 49.Kxd5

Aug-05-16  bike green: A great game by a great player :D
Mar-09-17  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: <thegoodanarchist: <freakclub: What would have happened if Karpov played 23. f5!> Lucky for Kasparov that Karpov did not find the strongest continuation. Gary became 13th world champion.

So I submitted this for GOTD, with the title "Lucky 13th".>

Good one!>

Thank you, <OR>. I was on family vacation last year when this was GOTD, so I am just now catching up on developments.

May-09-17  Joker2048: Famous peice from Mr Efren reyes:
More l practice more luckier l get...
Jul-24-17  bla bla: abcdefghijklljmnnjoprstcufhcdzs
Aug-21-17  Toribio3: I like this game. Kasparov is a tactical monster during his prime in the chess arena.
Mar-29-18  Petrosianic: <RandomVisitor> It's better to discuss the game than paste in pages and pages of computer analysis that nobody's going to look at because they can generate it themselves and look at it easier when they do.
Mar-29-18  Petrosianic: Along with

Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961

this is another instance where a player won a game in which a draw was good enough to become champion. But this one is easier to understand, because

a) There are bad feelings between the players, increasing the odds that Kasparov would like to add insult to injury with another meaningless win.

b) The game is decided quickly and suddenly with 40. e5?? In one move, Black's accepting a draw changes from being a Smart Move to being an Act of Charity.

After e5, Black ends Rook and Bishop up, and wins pretty effortlessly. A draw offer by White would be pointless.

Sacking the piece for three pawns with 36. Rxd6 looks reasonable enough, although White never seems close to a win afterwards. He certainly shouldn't <lose>, with Black down to only his h pawn.

Apart from that, the game seems sharp all the way though, but White doesn't seem close to a win earlier. People are suggesting 23. f5. Maybe. That does seem to be White's best unplayed chance. I'm not sure why Black didn't play f5 long before he did, in fact.

The other big question is whether the Najdorf was really the right opening to play. In a Must Win situation, it should be White's job to complicate the game.

Mar-29-18  Petrosianic: Hard to see anything for White at the moment of the blunder.

If 40. g6 h6.

If 40. Rxe8+ Qxe8, then what? There are some back rank threats with Bd4+ and Rb1+ if the Knight moves. If 41. Nd1 Na3. 42. Qd3 to cover the Knight, b1 and a3 squares. White's still got 3 pawns for the Bishop, but his King is draftier and the pawns are kind of discombobulated. 42...Rb1. Black has to be careful not to get the Knight trapped, but really White's in no danger of winning and the time control has been reached.

Apr-30-18  Albanius: 35 Qd3 may be an improvement on 35 Qb6
Black can't discover on Nb3 with 35..Bxe4?
because 36 Bxe4 Qxb3 37 Bxh7+ Kf8 38 Qxc2 wins a piece.

But if 35..Nb4 36 Qxd6 hits Nb4, so the Qs go off with W up two Ps.

I don't see sufficient compensation.

Apr-30-18  Howard: Keep in mind that in this ultra-crucial game, Karpov couldn't afford a draw. A draw was basically the same as a loss.

Perhaps 35.Qd3 looked a bit too drawish to him.

Apr-30-18  Olavi: 35.Qd3 Qa7+ 36.Kh1 Ne3.
Oct-01-18  SpiritedReposte: As a Shev Sicilian player this game is very interesting.
Oct-01-18  Howard: For both of these players, it was a hell of a lot more than merely "interesting".
Aug-06-19  Zoidplow: Karpov has 41 games in the DB after 6.Be2 . . . and this is his only loss. (!)
May-28-20  NARC: I think black piling up his rooks behind the e6 pawn is very fascinating, especially since the very mysterious rook manouvre not only looked on the e-file (not by far open) but also prevented accidents on h7 since the field f8 was made available for a black knight.
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  harrylime: Karpov owned Gazza .. Really owned him ..

something mega went wrong in the karpov camp lol lol

Feb-20-21  Z 000000001: Kasparov mentions this game as one of his 4 most memorable - specifically looking at his 23...Re7 move:

(Black to move ...23)

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(At ~ 6:40)

(I read through all the kibitzing, quickly, to see if this video was mentioned - I don't think it was, but apologies if it's a repeat)

Feb-20-21  Z 000000001: A direct link from youtube:


Feb-24-21  Ulhumbrus: 22 Rh3 obstructs the h pawn. One alternative is 22 Rg3 delaying Rh3 until White has first played h4.
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