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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Rematch (1986), London ENG / Leningrad URS, rd 8, Aug-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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May-20-04  mtatewaki: in my opinion karpov made many mistakes in this game: 1)26... rad8? better is 26...f6
2)27... rd2? better is 26..kh8
3)28... qb2? better is 26...kh8
4)29... kh8? only move was 26...rd7
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  offramp: Karpov lost on time on move 31.
Authorities alerted.

This was only the 2nd WC game ever to be lost on time; the first was Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958. I am not sure if there have been any since.

Karpov comes under a massive attack and copes with it very well. I like the move 16...♕xa2, which is the best way of getting the queen back to e6 and incidentally picks up a pawn.

Mar-25-05  RonB52734: Either I am completely blind, or the annotation is incorrect. After 32.Qe7 moves the White Q off the a1-h8 diagonal, 33Rxf7 is not check (unless the Black Q has turned against her man).
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  offramp: This game ends at move 31!
Mar-26-05  Boomie: Kasparov blew a big advantage with 22. Bb5. Simply taking the exchange with 22. Nd4 Qe7 23. Bxf8 is best. But Karpov gave it back with 29...Kh8? Just about any other move, like 29...Rd7, is better.
Mar-26-05  RonB52734: <offramp> Of course it does, but if you go to move 31, there's an annotation where someone suggests the continuation. I was commenting on that.
Apr-09-05  Badmojo: losing on time at 31....

geez Anatoli, you only had another NINE moves to make....

on another note, why did they play 3 world championships in 3 consecutive years? (85, 86 and 87). Usually there's at least a 2 year gap....

Apr-09-05  iron maiden: <BadMojo> The 1985 match was the one Campomanes had set up after the marathon contest of the previous year failed to produce a winner. He also stipulated the '86 rematch in the event that Karpov lost the title. 1987 was the end of a "normal" Candidates cycle, after the Karpov-Sokolov Candidates' final determined that Karpov would be the challenger for the title.
Nov-21-06  thegoodanarchist: QGD, exchange variation and Garry puts his bishop on f4, not g5! Ah, what a player, eh?
Mar-13-08  hedgeh0g: <thegoodanarchist> Gee, I wonder what would have happened if Kasparov played 5. Bg5...
Apr-09-08  sallom89: massive attack by Kasparov!
Apr-23-09  WhiteRook48: in the continuation, 33 Rxf7 is not check
Jun-29-09  Knight13: 15...dxe3 is helping White.
Apr-20-11  Veryrusty: Yes, <RonB52734>: 33. Rxf7 is not check ... but the analytical line is persuasive, because the bind is absolute. Of cousre, a 15-move string leaves lots of room for human variation!

Keene/ Goodman's book on the 1986 World Championship quotes Karpov as saying he felt "paralyzed" in the last few moves.

Aug-16-12  Hesam7: According to Kasparov, back in the 1985 match, he and Timoshchenko prepared this opening with Black. Their analysis covered 9. ... c4 (evaluated as unclear) and 9. ... Bg4. Their main line for the latter went as follows: 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 d4 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Bxe4 dxe3 15. Qh5 exf2+ 16. Kh1 f5 17. Bxf5 g6 18. Bxg6 hxg6 19. Qxg6+ Kh8

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and here they thought White had nothing more than a perpetual check. Later Timoshchenko found 20. Rad1 which gives White a large advantage. Kasparov mentions 20. Qh5+! as stronger and in fact winning.

There are two lessons here:

(1) Karpov's incredible intuition (or as Kasparov puts it "his sense of danger") enabled him to avoid all this with 13. ... Be7!.

(2) Chess has changed a great deal, 27 years ago the latest opening theory (worked out by the reigning world champion and his second) considered the diagrammed position a draw. Only later they found an improvement for White (which is not White's best move). Today I used Critter 1.6a on the same position and in less than one minute it gives 20. Qh5+ with an evaluation of +2.04 at depth 19.

Jul-07-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov"

Solve for white on move 30.

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  Plaskett: Immediately afterwards Kasparov´s manager told me that, when sacrificing the pawn to get his knight to f5, "He didn´t think he was risking anything. He´s a very happy boy now!" Kasparov also told me, more than once, that the establishment of a knight at f5 in front of the opponent´s king may be, of itself, sufficient compensation for a pawn.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Some nice variations tucked away in the notes of these games in Kasparov's book of this incredible match. And some you can discover for yourself.

Here (Black to play)

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Kasparov offers: 20... Bf6 21. Bc4 Ne5 22. Bxe6 Nxg4 23. Ne7+ Bxe7 24. Bxf8 Nxe3 25. Rxf7 ending here:

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with '...the inevitable mate.'

I love poking about with these positions. The best I can find is the Rook and Bishop sac.

25...Nxd1 26.Rg7++ Kxf8 27.Rg8 mate.

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