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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Rematch (1986), London ENG / Leningrad URS, rd 4, Aug-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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Apr-09-05  Badmojo: Did Karpov allow a checkmate, or did he resign around move 47...?

Because the win looks elementary from there.

Apr-09-05  Badmojo: Karpov resigned after 41. a6.

It seems like the site has a lot of errors in this match.

Kasparov's famous win in the 22nd game had too many moves too.

Nov-08-05  svbabu: 52. Qxg7#
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  offramp: Something unusual happens in this game. This is the position after 17...Ne5.

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Kasparov wants to keep the Ne5 from c4.
Play goes 18.Qe3 Nc4 19.Qe4 Nd6 20.Qd3 Rc6, to reach this position.

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White's position is identical. Black has played three moves, but he is worse off. Weird, eh?

Dec-15-05  who: That's very neat.
Dec-15-05  RookFile: Looking at the diagram, what cries out to me is black's weakness on the dark squares.
Jan-27-06  controlaltdelete: <offramp> i believe Karpov was looking for a threefold repetition but Kasparov declined it by manouvering his queen like this .. actually white has not improved his position for 3 straight moves so rather weak play by Garry agree?
Nov-20-06  Eyal: On the whole, Karpov did very poorly against Kasparov with the Nimzo Indian in their matches (where Kasparov always employed the three knights set-up). He had a -3 =3 score with it in the 1985 match, got a losing position in the 2nd game of this match (but luckily for him, Kasparov missed a relatively easy win on the 39th move), and lost the present game.
Nov-20-06  MyriadChoices: <Dec-15-05
Premium Chessgames Member RookFile: Looking at the diagram, what cries out to me is black's weakness on the dark squares.>

So how do you take advantage of it?

Dec-12-06  kevin86: An amazing say the least. Karpov threatened mate so foul. Kasparov,however,was able to deliver it FIRST-that's what counts.
Dec-15-07  Kangaroo: Karpov resigned either after 44. a7 or after 45. a8=Q - but did not play till the checkmate.
Jun-29-09  Knight13: <Kangaroo: Karpov resigned either after 44. a7 or after 45. a8=Q - but did not play till the checkmate.> After one a half years has fixed a lot of stuff on these world championship matches.

Which only supports the fact that, yes, this game was played until checkmate.

Aug-21-09  ozmikey: <Knight13> I'm afraid it wasn't. Karpov resigned at adjournment (after Kasparov's 41st), so I've got no idea who dreamed up the spectacular finish.
Jul-30-10  talisman: <ozmikey> you're got to admit though, that was wild stuff after move 40.
Nov-19-10  wanabe2000: This is from Kasparov's book: 40...e4 "Here the game was adjourned." 41 a6! "The sealed move. Karpov resigned the game without resuming (1-0)."

He gives this possible continuation 41....Rd6 (41...Nc5 42 Rc7) 42 Ne7 Rd1 43 Ra8 Kh7 44 a7 Ra1 45 Nc6 Ng5 46 Re8. Times 2.39-2.29

After 24 years I would think there would be a correction to the score by Chessgames.

Nov-25-10  Eyal: Interestingly, even though Kasparov won this game quite impressively, bringing his overall score with the Nimzo-Indian 4.Nf3 in the 1985/86 matches to +4 =4, it was also the game that made him stop playing this opening against Karpov. According to his notes to the game, he came to the conclusion that instead of 12...Bd7, 12...Qc7! should solve Black’s problems and lead to equality – e.g., 13.Nb5 Qc6! (at first he looked only at 13...Qc4? 14.Qxc4 Nxc4 15.Bxd5 exd5 16.Nc7 Rb8 17.Bf4). Later that year he tried the line again in Kasparov vs Suba, 1986, hoping that his opponent wouldn’t know the latest recommendation, but Suba indeed replied 12...Qc7 and after taking some objectively unjustified risks Kasparov had to fight for the draw.
Jun-23-14  Ulhumbrus: If on 12 Qd3 Black can prevent 13 c4 by 12...Qc7 this suggests 12 c4 at once.

After 25 Rad1 White threatens Rd7. This suggests obstructing the rook by 25...Nd5 and on 26 e4 Nf6 defends the square d7.

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  penarol: Ulhumbrus, if 12.c4, then 12...Nb4 13 Qc3 (or Qe4) Qxd4 winning a piece (14. Qxd4, Nc2+). If 13 Qa4, then 13...Qxd4 14.Rb1 Nac6 also wins a piece.
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  perfidious: An obvious bit of analysis when one views a position in concrete terms, rather than confining oneself to 1300-level generalisations as substitutes for critical thought, as <uluseless> is wont to do.
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  Everett: In one of the rare examples of my intuition being correct, I thought <20...Bc8> immediately getting rid of White's bishop-pair was best play for Black.

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