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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
"Busted!" (game of the day Dec-20-2010)
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985), Moscow URS, rd 11, Oct-01
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov (1985) Busted!

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May-11-12  Tiggler: This looks familiar: after Karpov's blunder Kasparov plays Qxd7, and black can resign.
May-11-12  LoveThatJoker: A Kasparov puzzle!! In my book, and in many others as well, the strongest player in Chess history!

23. Qxd7! Rxd7 24. Re8+ Kh7 25. Be4+ g6 26. Rxd7 Ba6 (26...Nd8/Na5 27. Bxb7 winning) 27. Bxc6! Qxc6 28. Rxf7#


May-11-12  Tiggler: Maxi and Kamlakanta. Thank you for your posts of Aug-15-11 and earlier. With regard to the ignorant Fischer, isn't it ironic that now he ranks at least 7 places below Lasker in the list of world's greatest ever?
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  al wazir: Got it, even the continuation after 25...g6. Not that hard.
May-11-12  izimbra: Of course black's 22nd move loses instantly...but already <9...cxd4> is a head scratcher (throwing a tempo for no apparent reason).
May-11-12  Tired Tim: <the list of world's greatest ever?> **The** list?! That would be an interesting concept.

You don't think grades / ratings from different periods can be objectively compared, do you?!

May-11-12  sevenseaman: Equal.

First thoughts: That White can take the d7 R and give some embarrassing checks that may consume the Black Q or net an easy win.

<23. Qxd7 Rxd7 24. Re8+Kh7 25. Be4+> should be 1-0.

However I'll expatiate on my winning view.

<25...g6 26. Rxd7 Ne5(26...Ba6 27. Bxc6! Qxc6 28. Rxf7#) 27. Nxe5 Bxe4 28. Nxf7> and Black does not have much resistance left in him. 1-0

No recall; I'll have to look up if I have visited this one before.

May-11-12  Tiggler: <Tired Tim: <the list of world's greatest ever?> **The** list?! That would be an interesting concept. You don't think grades / ratings from different periods can be objectively compared, do you?!> Naturally, I meant my list: Kasparov, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Lasker, Capablanca, Nimzovitch, Tal, Morphy, Rubinstein, Anand, Karpov, Fischer ... I assume everyone has their own.
May-11-12  lost in space: 23. Qxd7

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  offramp: This one again? It's not even very good.
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  piltdown man: Found it, easily. I'm surprised that Black resigned, though. What I also don't understand is how Karpov missed it.
May-11-12  mohannagappan: 23.Qxd7! Rxd7 24.Re8+ Kh725.Be4+ g6 26.Rxd7 Ba6 27.Bxc6! Qxc6 28.Rxf7# I have read this game before
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  whiteshark: <23.Qxd7 Rxd7 24.Re8+ Kh7 25.Be4+> and that's it. (Just wondering why I don't play in Moscow today?)
May-11-12  TheaN: Friday 11 May 2012


Candidates: Bxf7†, <[Qxd7]>

Recognisable position, a classic, one of Kasparov's important combinations. White wreaks havoc in the Black camp with the intrusion:

<23.Qxd7! Rxd7> with the b7 Bishop en prise and no real alternatives for Black to defend that and Bxc6, Black might as well accept the combination.

<24.Re8† Kh7 25.Be4† g6> interposing the Queen surrenders back too much material (BxQ† and Rxd7 ).

<26.Rxd7 Ba6> no other defense for the bishop.

<27.Bxc6! > and its immune due to Qxc6 Rxf7‡.

May-11-12  LoveThatJoker: <whiteshark> :D


May-11-12  gofer: This POTD is just too famous. Pity. From memory its...

23 Qxd7 Rxd7
24 Re8+ Kh7
25 Be4+ g6
26 Rxd7 ...

At which point white is threatening Rxb7, Bd5, Ne5, Rf8 and the white queen must stay put against the simple threat of Rxf7#.

I think there is one more move at which point white takes the bishop and black resigns, can't remember what move is though...

May-11-12  Abdel Irada: Not so very difficult (because meaningful options are limited and because the line is forcing and forthright) is 23. ♕xd7, ♖xd7; 24. ♖e8+, ♔h7; 25. ♗e4+, g6; 26. ♖xd7 , when black can't hold his bishop and knight, and is moreover menaced with a plethora of porcines on the seventh, with distressing implications for his king.
May-11-12  Caissas Clown: Ah , yes - QXD7 !! In his "instant" book of the match , Ray Keene reports Kasparov saying that he expected Karpov's blunder of RCD8. He notes that Alekhine - Kasparov's idol - also played a stunning Q X D7 versus Colle : Alekhine vs Colle, 1925.

Ray also ran the chess column in The Times and in 1988 , offered a Novag Solo chess computer for the first three solvers. There was a postal strike on , so I delivered my winning entry by hand.I could slaughter the program on top level (most of us here would do so) . So glad that, apart from a bit of shoe-leather , it cost me nothing!!

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  FSR: Another famous world championship blunder: 23.Qxd7 Rxd7 24.Re8+ Kh7 25.Be4+ g6 26.Rxd7 rolls Black.
May-11-12  scormus: Neat finish. Yesterday and today allow me to save face for the week.

<Caissas Clown: ... Kasparov saying that he expected Karpov's blunder of RCD8> Quite remarkable, but yes I can imagine it as Kasparov's style. I don't know about Alekhine as his hero, times I think it might have been Marciano ;)

May-11-12  sevenseaman: Funny how Kasparov remembered the similar Alekhine move from Alekhine vs Colle, 1925, a game played 60 years earlier and expected Karpov to duplicate it.

Not calculation ability alone, elephantine memory is a big part of survival at the highest level!

May-11-12  James D Flynn: 23.Qxd7 Rxd7 24.Re8+ Kh7 25.Be4+ g6 26.Rxd7 Ba6 27.Bxc6 if Qxc6 28.Rxf7# and White threatens Ne5 . Black can play Bc4 to protect the pawn on f7: 27…..Bc4 if 28.Ne5 Be6 and Black wins material and the game may be drawn. 27…Bc4 28.Bd5 Bxd5 29.Rxd5 and White has 2 Rs and a N for the Q and should win the endgame.
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  Sneaky: <Kasparov saying that he expected Karpov's blunder of Rcd8> Emil Joseph Diemer was convinced that he had some special kind of chess-ESP that enabled him to predict his opponent's blunders. I doubt Kasparov was suggesting paranormal activity, though.
May-11-12  Caissas Clown: Thanks , Sneaky - after seeing his photo in your link , I'm inclined to believe him . OTB , he would not need to predict MY blunders - I'd forfeit!:-)
May-11-12  geeker: The infamous "Blunder of the Century", which position I've seen too many times by now. Funny thing: the first time I played through this game, I "predicted" (and would have imprudently "played") the very same 22...Rcd8??
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