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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"The Hat Trick" (game of the day Jan-08-2021)
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Rematch (1986), London ENG / Leningrad URS, rd 19, Sep-24
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Prins Variation (D97)  ·  1-0



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Mar-16-09  WhiteRook48: and kasparov goes berserk
May-31-09  Valiantangel: But whats the idea of 14.Nb5?...i find it hard to understand
May-31-09  WhiteRook48: Kasparov is tied up...
Jun-29-09  Knight13: <Valiantangel: But whats the idea of 14.Nb5?...i find it hard to understand> To control the d6 square. White needs that square for his passed pawn.
Aug-04-09  WhiteRook48: superb chess by Karpov!
Mar-14-10  Everett: From move 19-30, the great players are having a dance over the fate of the pieces on the d-file. Strangely omplex yet isolated play.
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  thegoodanarchist: I would love to see the Karpov of 1981 play the Rybka of today! If I had 3 wishes, this would be the third one:)
Mar-15-10  Everett: Three chess wishes:

Lasker vs. Rubinstein in 1913 or 1914

The qualifiers run without the Botvinnik rule, allowing Stein and Bronstein to get in the mix in the 60's. Would have been great, great chess...

Fischer vs. Karpov in '75 (of course)

May-30-10  talisman: <Everett> that is one heck of a post...i agree
Mar-05-12  zakkzheng: a very crazy game
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  SpaceRunner: SpaceRunner: Almost perfection from Karpov...especially the endgame!

Kasparovs decisive mistake was
23... Bxd2 ?? and 26...g5 made it easy (for Karpov!).

The end is more likely to be:

41....a6 42. Be3 , Ne5 43. Kd4 , Nc6 44. Ke4 , Nb4

Dec-06-13  Robyn Hode: I doubt anyone would play the Na6 line anymore. Better is the Nc6/Nd7-b6 line.
Dec-06-13  Everett: < Robyn Hode: I doubt anyone would play the Na6 line anymore. Better is the Nc6/Nd7-b6 line.>

<Gelfand vs Topalov, 2013>

Black has 3 solid replies to have equal play by move 14. Line seems fine and healthy .

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  offramp: Black plays 13...♘f6-e4. This knight provides the focus for the entire game. It will soon become pinned to a rook on e8.

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Black sets his sights on f2; he gives up the exchange to reach this position, after 18...Qxb2:

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Black attacks white's rook on e1 with 22...Bc3

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Karpov responds with a threat of his own. He interposes his knight with 23.Nd2. This creates the threat of Nxe4 and if ...Bxe4 then f3 wins the pinned bishop.

But Kasparov tries to make use of the Rf1's complete lack of squares: 24...Bd7 has the simple threat of ...Bb5 winning back the exchange. The bishop on d7 also protects the rook on e8, so that ...Nxd2 is now a threat.

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What can Karpov do? He plays 25.Bf4. After 25...Bb5 26.f3 Kasparov tries to disconcert his opponent with 26...g5.

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He is shocked by the simple 27.Bxg5.
This is based on s very strange trick: If 27...Nxg5 then 28.Rxe8+ Bxe8 and now 29.h4! wins the knight!

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A little later, after 34...Rxd5,

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Karpov plays the superb 35.Rg5+! avoiding all future tricks. He then plays to reach the time control at move 40 and Kasparov resigns.

Feb-09-17  clement41: Superb play here, both tactically and strategically in this ...Na6 Grünfeld
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  thegoodanarchist: In this game Karpov succeeded in leveling the match score at 4-4, having won 3 games consecutively.

Thus I proposed this for a GOTD, with the title "The Hat Trick".

This is a reference to both soccer and hockey, and the Soviet Union was noted for having excellent hockey, as well as excellent chess. So I think it fitting.

Chessgames, it is past the time to feature great K versus K games as GOTD more frequently.

Please advise your intended course.

Dec-27-20  fisayo123: Excellent, pretty much perfect game by Karpov here. He breaks Kasparov's Prins variation in half.

His best game of the match.

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  HeMateMe: Three in a row, ala ice hockey!
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  Check It Out: Strange, I can't play past White's 41st move. There is a variation posted at that point, and tapping on subsequent moves doesn't do anything.
Jan-08-21  Brenin: <HeMateMe>: The phrase comes from cricket, where a bowler dismissing batsmen with three successive balls would be rewarded by his club with a hat. Appropriate title, since this game was played in London.
Jan-08-21  saturn2: I took me me to see after 27...Nxg5? comes 28. h4  and the knight has no square.
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  HeMateMe: In the USA 'hat trick' refers to an ice hockey player scoring 3 goals in a single game.
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  whittaker: <Check It Out> The pgn4web viewer doesn't step through variations. I'm trying to find (or develop my own) free software for this. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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  Messiah: <Check It Out: Strange, I can't play past White's 41st move. There is a variation posted at that point, and tapping on subsequent moves doesn't do anything.>

Coz it's a variation.

<whittaker: <Check It Out> The pgn4web viewer doesn't step through variations. I'm trying to find (or develop my own) free software for this. Does anyone have any recommendations?>

I think developing your own viewer is a very good idea, especially if you identify the existing ones' annoying specialities and oddities and manage to avoid the pitfalls leading to these.

Jan-08-21  eaglewing: I do not understand, why Kasparov surrendered square c4 to the white King so easily. I would have expected the move Pb6-b5 at move 38 (or at 37 but with Kf7 next it does make no difference).

The idea is certainly to move those queen side pawns and get rid of that Pa2. Yes, with a8 white squared, the a-pawn is not too dangerous itself, but it is a distraction. You want to concentrate King and Knight on the king side while defending. Therefore, first try to get that Pa2 off the biard, defend with the black King on f7 and get that Knight attacking the kingside pawns while the white King is away that small time frame eating the 2nd black pawn on the a-file (or that one is distracting the bishop a bit). Sure, probably it is still lost, but that would be the one practial chance I see. Statically defending both sides is a doomspelling road.

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