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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985), Moscow URS, rd 19, Oct-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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  jaime gallegos: Great game! see D Ledger vs R Willmoth, 2002 to watch the similarities ...
Mar-13-05  GMAstle: To me, it seems kinda odd the Kas. would play e3 on move 15 rather then take the pawn with the fork. Does anyone have any thoughts.
Mar-13-05  coffee monster: <GMAstle> If you mean 15.Bxd5+?? then black plays 15...Qxd5 and white is losing having sacrificed a bishop for a pawn with no compensation.
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  offramp: <>
The heading to this game is all messed up. This is how it should look:

[Event "World Championship II"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1985.10.24"]
[Round "19"]
[White "Kasparov, Garry"]
[Black "Karpov, Anatoly"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E21/03"]
[WhiteElo "2720"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "1985.09.03"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 Ne4 5. Qc2 f5 6. g3 Nc6 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 Na5 10. c5 d6 11. c4 b6 12. Bd2 Nxd2 13. Nxd2 d5 14. cxd5 exd5 15. e3 Be6 16. Qc3 Rf7 17. Rfc1 Rb8 18. Rab1 Re7 19. a4 Bf7 20. Bf1 h6 21. Bd3 Qd7 22. Qc2 Be6 23. Bb5 Qd8 24. Rd1 g5 25. Nf3 Rg7 26. Ne5 f4 27. Bf1 Qf6 28. Bg2 Rd8 29. e4 dxe4 30. Bxe4 Re7 31. Qc3 Bd5 32. Re1 Kg7 33. Ng4 Qf7 34. Bxd5 Rxd5 35. Rxe7 Qxe7 36. Re1 Qd8 37. Ne5 Qf6 38. cxb6 Qxb6 39. gxf4 Rxd4 40. Nf3 Nb3 41. Rb1 Qf6 42. Qxc7+ 1-0

Mar-21-05  aw1988:
Feb-19-08  notyetagm: <aw1988:;

Thanks for the link.

Jun-28-09  Knight13: 39...Qd6 is a better fight. But Black is lost anyway.
Dec-06-09  Hesam7: <<42. Qxc7+>

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This provoked a storm of applause in the auditorium: it was a unique occurrence in matches for the world championship (and also a rarity in grandmaster play) for a sealed move to be made openly.>

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  HeMateMe: Great game. Interesting how, even at the highest level, the basic pin motif decides the game.
Mar-14-10  Everett: If I'm not mistaken, black plays the early 4..Ne4 to avoid the pressure he was feeling from 4..0-0 5.Bg5, a Kasparov special.

This game is actually very important in sporting terms, as Kasparov went up 2 games with only 4 to go, a near-insurmountable lead at the top levels.

Dec-27-10  knights: knight13 i agree. he should have taken the d pawn with the queen, not the rook, then he would have been at least TIED to white (pawnwise) this is the turning point of the gamr
Jan-22-12  King.Arthur.Brazil: At 29.e4! Black is paralized!The Na5 has nolife! Maybe: fxe4 (ep) 30.fxe3 Nc4... Anyway: white has Rf1, e4, Nxc4 which give him verygood play.
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  GrahamClayton: <Hesam7>
This provoked a storm of applause in the auditorium: it was a unique occurrence in matches for the world championship (and also a rarity in grandmaster play) for a sealed move to be made openly.

One spectator was ejected from the auditorium after yelling out "Resign!" to Karpov.

Jun-29-16  RookFile: I don't like the whole defense. It's basically ends up being a Dutch Defense where black exchanges off his valuable dark squared bishop. Kasparov's 4. Nf3 seemed to be well thought out in this match.
Aug-21-17  Toribio3: Chess is full of surprises. Karpov did not expect Kasparov to play this kind of variation of Nimzo Indian.
Aug-21-17  Nerwal: <This provoked a storm of applause in the auditorium: it was a unique occurrence in matches for the world championship (and also a rarity in grandmaster play) for a sealed move to be made openly.>

Botvinnik related regarding Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 that Bronstein moved 41... ♔e5 quickly so that Botvinnik would have to seal, but since it came after the arbiters had asked him to seal a move, this was ruled as an open sealed move.

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